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What is the Difference Between Broth, Stock, and Bone Broth?

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I want to share with you an overview of the differences between Broth, Stock, and Bone Broth. There is quite a bit of confusion about these three types of nutritious liquids, so it is important to understand the differences and the role that each plays in the Traditional Foods Kitchen. I also include links to detailed videos to help you learn how to make each of the liquids.

Broth, Stock, and Bone Broth

To begin with, let’s go over the basics of each of these:

  • Broth – Is primarily made with meaty bones.
  • Stock – Is primarily made with bones that have little or no meat on them.
  • Bone Broth – Is a combination of the two, meaty bones and bones with a little meat on them. Plus, Bone Broth includes high cartilage bones, which help to create the rich gelatin that’s associated with this liquid.

What Are the Benefits of Broth?

Broth contains high amounts of protein thanks to the significant amount of meat that’s used to make it. For example, to make Chicken Broth, the home cook will often use an entire chicken. Once you make this Broth, you can remove the meat from the chicken and use the chicken meat in a variety of recipes, including adding it to a soup that uses your newly created Broth. What a great combination!

When making Beef Broth, the same is true. You’ll use a generous amount of meat and little bone to make Broth. Shank bones are excellent beef bones for making Beef Broths.

In addition to its high protein content, another benefit of Broth is that you can make it in as little as 45 minutes, unlike bone broth, which can take much longer.

What Are the Benefits of Stock?

Stock doesn’t have the same high protein content as Broth, but it has a higher amount of gelatin. The bones used in Stock contain collagen, and once cooked, collagen creates gelatin. Although the amount of collagen is not as high as the amount of collagen in cartilage, stock bones contain enough collagen to produce a nutritious semi-gelatinous liquid that soothes our “gut” and nourishes our joints, skin, hair, and nails.

Generally, home cooks make Stock by browning bones, such as marrow bones in the case of making Beef Stock. The rich color and taste of Stock give gravies and sauces a wonderful flavor. And the best part? Stock can also be ready in a short amount of time—anywhere from as little as two hours, but no more than three hours.

Bone Broth – The Best of Both Worlds

The term “Bone Broth” can be confusing because many wonder…is it a stock or a broth? And that is completely understandable! The great news is that it is both.

What Bones Should I use for Beef Bone Broth?

Use the following bones to make Beef Bone Broth:

  • Meaty bones, such as shanks,
  • Non-meaty bones, such as marrows, and
  • High-cartilage bones, such as oxtails, knuckles, and patellas. (This is the most important ingredient!)

Because of the variety of bones, this wonderful elixir contains high amounts of protein and gelatin. Thanks to the addition of the high-cartilage bones, we significantly increased the level of collagen in Bone Broth, as compared to the amount of collagen in Stock. (I also have a video that shows you the Best Bones for Making Beef Bone Broth.) This extra boost of collagen is what creates a very gelatin-rich Bone Broth, making it a superior choice for significantly nourishing our gut, joints, skin, hair, and nails, as opposed to Stock.

What Bones Should I use for Chicken Bone Broth?

When it comes to making Chicken Bone Broth, I recommend using the carcass of three chickens that will have some bits and bobs of meat left on them. You will also want to add in some high-cartilage bones, such as necks, backs, wingtips, or chicken feet (my favorite)! All of these high-cartilage bones will help you make a wonderfully gelatinous Bone Broth.

Is There a Downside to Making Bone Broth?

So what’s the downside to making Bone Broth? It takes more time to make Bone Broth than Broth or Stock. You could argue that it’s not really a downside considering the highly nutritious liquid that you are creating. However, that said, Chicken Bone Broth will take up to 6 hours to make, and Beef Bone Broth will take a full 12 hours to make.

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Broth, Stock, and Bone Broth Videos

After viewing my video where I go over the difference between Broth, Stock, and Bone Broth, watch the videos below to learn how to make one of these nutritious liquids at home. By learning these essential kitchen skills, you’ll discover the benefits these liquids provide to help you prepare traditional “nutrient dense” meals!

You can enjoy these liquids in your cooking for making soups, stews, gravies, and sauces. They can also be a great substitute in place of water when cooking grains. But best of all, you can enjoy any one of these in a mug—just for sipping—with a pinch of sea salt.

Beef Broth Videos

Beef Stock Videos

Beef Bone Broth Videos

Chicken Bone Broth Videos

Fish Bone Broth Videos

Pork Bone Broth Videos

Turkey Bone Broth Videos

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Benefits of a Fat Separator

In many of my Bone Broth videos, you’ll see me using a Fat Separator to help remove all the fat from my Bone Broth so that I can decant a nicely clarified end product.

Mary using the Fat Separator device to decant bone broth.

The Fat Separator is a clever design that you can fill with your liquid. After a few moments, the fat will rise to the top of the liquid, and you can press a lever that opens a hole on the bottom. This enables you to drain your de-fatted bone broth into the vessel of your choosing. (I use glass storage jars with plastic lids.) I love this device!

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