Bone broth with a ladle in a pot
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How Long You Should Cook Bone Broth For Truly Mouthwatering Results
A simple bone broth requires only a large stovetop pot, bones fully covered in water, a sprinkle of salt, some optional aromatic herbs, and the patience to let it all break down.
Bone broth should simmer covered for at least 12 hours for the best flavor. Cooking it for 24 hours provides even deeper flavor and more nutrients as the bones slowly break apart.
You can simmer for up to 36 hours, but if the time dedication sounds daunting, using a pressure cooker or instant pot reduces the time to five hours or fewer.
The long cook time is necessary for the bones to release their nutrients, which include collagen and protein, as well as electrolytes, amino acids, calcium, magnesium, and glycine.