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Make-Ahead Beef Bone Broth Freezer Packs

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This recipe is for beef bone broth, but you can find all three of my broth recipes, along with my favorite kitchen tools for broth making, in The Ultimate Guide to Make-Ahead Instant Pot Bone Broth Packs: 3 Recipes for Effortless Meal Prep for The First 40 Days and Beyond.


In my first blog post, The first forty days can make or break your postpartum healing, I shared some time and space-saving hacks to prepare for the first forty days postpartum. My broth recipes are adaptations from the book of the same namesake: The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou. Although I put my own spin on recipes in the book, the method I developed for prepping broth in advance has been a real game-changer.


beef bone broth in a bowl with spoon, garlic, and thyme

Make-Ahead Beef Bone Broth Freezer Packs

This recipe is for make-ahead beef bone broth freezer packs. If you're craving some classic bone broth, this Instant Pot Bone Broth recipe is probably what you have in mind. This versatile broth is taken to the next level with umami notes from pre-roasted bones and veggies, kombu's rich salinity, and balanced with ginger, apple cider vinegar, and fresh herbs.


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Sourcing Ingredients

The quality of your ingredients is critical, especially if you are trying to heal your gut, remineralize your body, or nourish yourself during pre-conception, pregnancy, and postpartum.


Meat

We buy most of our meat from local farms now. However, if that's not an option, or you aren't ready to invest in a bulk order, I highly recommend ordering from Fed From the Farm, which sources pasture-raised beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and lamb from regenerative small-scale farms.


Produce

For veggies, do your best to find locally grown, organic produce. In my opinion, it's better to adapt to what's in season or use what was preserved at peak than to use lackluster produce. Don't be afraid to substitute scallion or leek for yellow onion, substitute turnips or daikon for carrots, and use up any veggie scraps you want to throw in. Your broth will taste different every time, but the balance of salt, fat, acid, and sweet (I hope you catch that reference) won't disappoint. If you don't have a local co-op with seasonal produce, an amazing option is Azure Standard. You can buy organic, bulk, and specialty produce and health food items at an amazing cost and pick them up at a designated drop spot in your area.


Specialty Ingredients

For specialty ingredients, like kombu, black vinegar, jujubes (Chinese red dates), or Goji Berries, check the international aisle at the grocery store, visit your local Asian supermarket, or check the Amazon links at the bottom of each recipe. Please don't underestimate the importance of good salt. You'll need real, coarse, or kosher salt to flavor the broth. Redmond Real Kosher Salt is flavorful and mineral-rich, and Maldon salt is perfect for finishing any meal.


Valuable Kitchen Tools for Bone Broth Packs

You can make bone broth packs with absolutely no new equipment. You can do all of this with regular zip-lock bags, an old crock pot, a Dutch oven, or just in a stock pot on the stove, but there are a few tools that make this simple meal prep hack easy to implement at scale.


Instant Pot

instant pot duo 6 quart


There's some debate about slow cooking vs. pressure cooking your bone broth. A slow simmer may release more nutrients and give you that jelly top if you are using marrow bones and cartilage high in gelatin, but pressure cooking gives you an equally rich broth in a pinch. The beauty of an instant pot is that you can do either.


We have a hand-me-down 6-quart Instant Pot my sister passed on a few years ago. I immediately dropped it outside on the sidewalk upon getting it home, so the giant dent makes it a bit of an eye-sore, but it's worked perfectly for us for going on 3 years now. I recommend the 6-quart for families of 4 or less. You can always make a second batch from the bones if you need more broth, but I find the 6-quart to be more versatile for other kitchen tasks.


Instant Pot Mesh Strainer Insert


stainless steel mesh sieve for instant pot duo 6 quart


After making broth, I procrastinated straining out bones, picking off meat, and sorting out mushy veggies. Buying this little Instant Pot strainer makes putting broth away so much easier.


Handheld Mesh Strainer


small sieve for straining broth into mason jars for fridge storage


This is a small tool that makes a big difference in the kitchen. I believe I have one from Ikea, but anything like this that will fit in the mouth of a mason jar will do the trick. Double straining your broth will give you that clear amber broth you can drink on its own or seamlessly incorporate into virtually any recipe.


Vacuum Sealer


black compact vacuum sealer


A vacuum sealer is, in my opinion, a worthwhile addition to any from-scratch kitchen, but it is by no means a pre-requisite to long-term food storage or meal prep. We use our vacuum sealer not only for bone broth packs but for packaging pre-portioned servings of meat from the butcher, preserving fresh-picked fruit in the summer, and in-season veggies for the deep freezer. If you're prepping on a small scale and plan to use your bone broth packs in a relatively short period of time, good quality freezer bags should do the trick! If you're preparing packs for a few months at a time, a vacuum sealer can ensure you preserve the peak fresh flavor of the veggies and avoid any freezer burn.


Make Ahead Beef Bone Broth Packs


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