BONE BROTH & MEAT BROTH: Healthy Cooking in an RV!

Can you cook and eat healthy on an RV? Bone Broth Crockpot Recipe - easy, healthy recipe for a RV (includes benefits of bone broth & meat broth vs. bone broth)Absolutely! Here is one of my favorite options for making sure that we maintain healthy guts, eat natural gelatin and collagen to support our joints, get the nutrients our bodies need and support our overall wellness – and it is even easy to do in an RV! It is bone broth and meat broth, and it has come back in to fashion so to speak, thanks to the work of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and her GAPS diet (she cured her son’s autism). Let’s learn more about the benefits of bone broth and how to make an easy version in an RV, and then what to do with that bone broth to actually add it to our meals.

Meat Broth vs. Bone Broth

Now, let’s just get this straight first, because there is some confusion about this. While both meat broth and bone broth are very beneficial, they do have different highlights for nutrition. This is just a quick look at their main differences, so that you can understand them.

Meat broth is made by cooking bones with more meat for less of a period of time (3-6 hours). This type of broth is very high in gelatin, but will not have as many minerals.

Bone broth is made by cooking bones with less meat for a much longer period of time (24-72 hours). This type of broth will be much higher in minerals, but will not gel like meat broth.

The Health Benefits of Bone Broth & Meat Broth

As so often happens, there is something that backs up traditional medicine passed down through generations. Haven’t we all had chicken soup when we were sick? It is what our mothers and grandmothers relied on to help sick children.

I fully admit that I do not need the science to back it up – that is not how I roll. I have much more of a faith-based perspective, and I have seen science change its story enough to know that just because it is science, does not mean it is truth. But, I understand that a lot of people have trouble making the switch to healthier choices, because they just need more proof. So, I always like to give some science too. Because, well reader, I will do whatever it takes to motivate you to make healthier decisions.

In the case of broth, a study proved that in vitro (meaning in a petri dish), traditional chicken soup may contain multiple substances with “beneficial medicinal activity” (Source). In the study, the chicken soup was put to the test for mitigating inflammation, and the study showed that it does indeed mitigate neutrophil (white blood cell) migration.

Additionally, according to Dr. Mercola, bone broth contains the following…

  • Gelatin to promote proper digestion.
  • Chondroitin sulfates and glucosamine that reduces joint pain and inflammation.
  • Glycine, proline and arganine which are anti-inflammatory amino acids.
  • Calcium, magnesium and other nutrients. (Source)

If that wasn’t enough, bone broth may also help to boost nutrient metabolism and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

How to make my version of Chicken Bone Broth

I want to walk you through all of the steps I use, so that you too get the most out of your bird.

First, I take an organic, pastured whole bird, remove any bagged parts in the cavity, rinse and pat dry, sprinkle with sea salt and roast that baby for dinner.

roasted chicken for bone broth

After dinner, I pick most of the meat off of the bones to be used in other meals. No need to be too precise at this point, the rest of the meat will fall right off the bones after cooking. I then take the remaining carcass, juice from roasting, skin and anything else from that bird and put it in my crockpot.

chicken for bone broth

I cover the entire carcass with purified water from my Berkey. Then, I add about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the water and allow the bird to “marinate” for about an hour. The vinegar works on the bones to draw out more minerals.

bone broth recipe

Next, I turn my crockpot on low and set it for 18 hours. I roughly chop a carrot, some celery (this is a great way to use celery leaves) and an onion and add them to the broth at this time. I didn’t have any celery this time.

bone broth recipe (2)

The next day, I first skim any scum that has risen to the top of the broth. Always skim the scum when making broth, soup or even boiling potatoes – that is one of my mother’s rules.

chicken bone broth in the crockpot

I ladle out some of the broth to drink with my breakfast and lunch. At breakfast, the broth will gel if left to cool. By drinking the bone broth before it is finished, I feel that I am getting some meat broth benefits too! Just my theory.

morning bone broth with lemon and parsley

Around dinnertime, I will then turn the crock pot off. At that time, I remove any remaining meat from the bones to save for other recipes, I discard the bones and other pieces, and I pour the broth through a strainer in to containers. I allow the broth to cool before refrigerating. By this time, the broth will no longer gel, and it will be more golden in color. Some prefer to remove any fat that forms on the top once cooled, but I keep the fat in tact. If you want to freeze the broth, allow it to cool first over night in the refrigerator before moving to the freezer in a freeze-proof container.

bone broth crockpot recipe

straining bone broth

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How to use Broth

As I mentioned, I like to just drink it with meals. I add fresh squeezed juice from a lemon slice, some fresh parsley (to impart mineral ions to the broth), a little sea salt, and a spoonful of coconut oil.

I also use it in soups, like this southwestern chicken and black bean soup.

bone broth in southwestern black bean soup

And I use it as a substitute for water when making rice or quinoa.

There you have it! A great way to add nourishing food to your diet that can easily be done in an RV kitchen. Healthy things can come from a small kitchen!

For further reading…

Broth is Beautiful” by the Weston A. Price Foundation

Update on Broth” from Nourishing Traditions


About Jen

I love travel, which led me to become a fulltime RVer. I love wellness, which I can talk about 'til the cows come home. I love being self-employed, which means I get to dabble in what interests me from essential oils to RV planners. But most importantly, I love my husband and our life together on the road!

4 comments on “BONE BROTH & MEAT BROTH: Healthy Cooking in an RV!

  1. Thanks so much for the information on bone broth. I was confused before but now I feel like I could make it myself and enjoy the health benefits.

    The soup in your article looks delicious! Do you happen to have a recipe for it? Looks like something I would enjoy making. 🙂

    Thanks again for the informative article.

    • Hi, Sandra! Glad to help! I don’t follow an exact recipe for that soup – I admit, it is not just that soup, it is most recipes. But, the next time I make it, I will pay more attention and either do a recipe post, or a video.

  2. I find that I look forward to seeing what Self care Sunday will bring. : ) I use a pressure cooker for broths.
    Takes only a few hours but the reason I like it better is that I believe studies have found that vitamins and minerals are more readily available when using pressure. I am a LONG time pressure cooker user,and believe in the benefits.

    • Hi, Candace! Thanks so much – I really look forward to using Self Care Sunday to connect with all of you healthy minded readers! 🙂 Glad to hear you like the pressure cooker. I have never owned one, but the instapots are certainly gaining popularity. It probably is a great option to have on an RV too. Thanks for sharing!

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