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Easy Instant Pot Bone Broth: 2 Ingredients

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When it comes to bone broth, having an instant pot is a MUST! Yes you could simmer away your bones for  hours on end in your crock pot or on your stove, but an Instant Pot will save you so much time. Plus, homemade bone broth is easy, and very affordable compared to the bone broths you would find at the supermarket.

three jars of bone broth


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Where Do I Get Bones for Bone Broth? 

If you were to take a peek into my freezer you would see little baggies and Tupperwares of frozen bones and maybe even an entire chicken carcass waiting to be used. 

One of my favorite hacks for getting bones is buying organic chicken thighs, bone in. These are typically about $2 cheaper than buying breast or thighs without the bone and then you get to save the bones and skin to make broth! All you have to do is cook the chicken thighs or drumsticks, and save the bones when you are done eating. 

Another way to get bones is through Whole Foods or a butcher. Whole Foods sells marrow bones in their frozen section near the meat counter. If you go to a butcher, sometimes you might even get lucky and get the bones for free! I often buy bones from meat vendors at farmers markets. I just like to know that the bones I am getting are from animals that are grass fed and have not been stuffed with soy and corn.

Once I have enough bones to cover about 1/2 the instant pot bowl, I make broth. Sometimes I will even have enough veggie scraps left from other dishes that I throw in to add some flavor. 

bag of chicken bones

What are the Health Benefits of Bone Broth?

If you have read Gut Health For Dummies you know how important taking care of your gut can be. Bone broth is one of the most effective ways to restore the lining of your gut.  

The collagen in the broth is what makes it so healing. Collagen has a lot of beneficial properties, but one of its superpowers is its ability to nourish the lining of your gut and reduce inflammation.

Collagen also improves elasticity on your skin, giving it powerful anti-aging properties and also acts as the glue for the body, improving joints and supporting connective tissue.

Bone broth is also packed with hard-to-find minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and vitamins A and K2.

cup of broth with carrots and onion

How Can I Use My Bone Broth? 

There are so many ways to use broth! Here are a few of my favorite ways 

  • Drink it straight from a cup with a generous pinch of mineral-rich Celtic sea salt
  • Use it for nourishing nutrient-dense stews and soups 
  • Use it to simmer your vegetables in for Baby Led Weaning
  • Offering it to your baby as one of its first foods 
  • Make gelatin gummies 
  • Use in pasta sauces and curries

You can even use bone broth for hot chocolate! Replace the milk or water you use when you make hot cocoa with bone broth and maybe increase the sweetener of choice to make it taste less savory. 


pot of veggies soup broth and bones

What Do I Need to Make Easy Instant Pot Bone Broth?

You get to chose how complicated you want to make your broth. There are days where I just use two ingredients and chuck in bones, add water and set my pot. There are days I have carrots, celery, ginger, bay leaves and fresh thyme I throw in the pot. All you truly need are bones and water! The apple cider vinegar just helps leech out minerals from the bones. 

  1. Chicken Bones, Turkey Bones or Beef Bones
  2. Filtered Water 
  3. Apple cider vinegar (optional)
  4. 1 large onion (optional)
  5. 6 cloves of garlic (optional)
  6. Optional: carrots, garlic, celery, peppercorns, herbs, vegetable scraps (optional)
  7. Instant Pot
  8. Half Gallon Mason Jars

jar of broth with veggies surrounding it

How Do I Make Easy Instant Pot Bone Broth?

The only two ingredients you need are bones and water, everything else just adds flavor.

  1. Fill your instant pot with your bones
  2. Pour enough water over the bones to cover them by at least an inch
  3. Add a splash of vinegar and any veggies/ herbs you want to flavor your broth

Set the Instant Pot 

Everyone has different settings they put it on. To keep it easy to remember, set it for 3 hours and have the “keep warm” setting on so you can just get to the bones whenever you feel like it!

Sometimes I make broth that I need to use right away. Most of the time, however, I let my bones stay on keep warm all day or even into the night because I don’t want to get to it right away. 

After my broth is slightly cooled and not hot enough to burn me or crack my mason jars, I scoop out all the bones with a stainless steel strainer and then pour my broth through a yogurt strainer or cheesecloth and into my mason jars.

a gelatinous bone broth on a spoon

How Should I Store my Bone Broth?

First, before we get into that- if your bone broth looks chunky and gelatinous after it cools, that’s a good sign! You want to see gelatin in your broth. This is where a lot of the benefits of the broth come from. 

I store my broth in my fridge or I freeze it. If you freeze your broth- do not put it in our freezer too full or with the lid on. Liquid expands when frozen. I normally keep my jar only 75% full and let it freeze before I add the lid.

How Long Will My Bone Broth Last in my Fridge? 

My broth will last for about 5 days in the fridge and then I’ll freeze it if it’s not being used. 

One little hack I do is freezing my broth in these 1 cup silicon ice cube trays  so you know the measurement of the broth when you need it for a recipe that doesn’t require a whole pot of broth! 

Once these trays are frozen you can get them out and store them in a freezer bag until you want to use them.

Easy Instant Pot Bone Broth Recipe 

jar of broth with veggies surrounding it

Easy Instant Pot Bone Broth: 2 Ingredients

Yield: 1/2 gallon
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Easy, nourishing, and incredibly affordable, bone broth is a great way to use your scraps to and your body with gut healing goodness.


  • 1/2 gallon of filtered water
  • 2 pounds of bones
  • vegetables & herbs of choice (optional)


    1. Fill the Instant Pot with your bones of choice. I fill the stainless steel pot a little over half way with bones.

    2. Cover the bones with water by an inch. Too much water will not ruin the broth, it just will not gel up if there is too much water.

    3. Add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. The acidic vinegar just leeches nutrients out of the bones into the broth.

    4. Set it to high pressurefor 3 hours and keep the pot on keep warm until you are ready to use.

    5. Remove the lid off the Instant Pot and press the cancel button to turn it off. Allow it to cool off slightly before straining it.

    6. Once the broth is cool enough, use a stainless steel strainer to reove the bones and then pour the broth through anoher strainer into your jars.

      Store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze.


Everything you add to your bones and water and ACV is just for flavor, all you really need is bones and water. I like to add a whole onion, 6 galic cloves, a bay leaf and some celery if I have it.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37Total Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 30mgProtein: 3g


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Hello, I’m Meg Thompson, a wife, mother, and nutrition counselor who is passionate about equipping families in their health journey through practical and simple ways. Healthy living is so important! So let's not making it harder then it has to be. Join me as I share helpful and convenient ways to improve yours and your children's diets!

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