How to make Chicken Broth in your Slow Cooker

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how to make chicken broth in your slow cooker

Fall is here so it’s time to stock up on homemade chicken broth.  It’s crazy simple to make chicken broth in your slow cooker and even my husband, who never cooks, loves doing this.  What you’ll need:

How to make chicken broth in a crockpot

How to make Chicken Broth the Easy Way!

8 cups of water | 2 medium carrots | 2 bay leaves | 1/2 tsp of peppercorn | 2 stalks of celery | 1 small onion  | 1 chicken carcass | 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar  | A 6 quart slow cooker | Cheesecloth 


How to make chicken broth in a crockpot

Again, this is simple.  Simply rough chop your veggies and throw into the slow cooker with all the ingredients.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Strain through your cheesecloth into pint jars.  Store in the freezer.


How to make chicken broth in a crockpot


How to make chicken broth in a crockpot

How to make Chicken Broth in your Slow Cooker

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 20
Author: Kelly Bejelly @ A Girl Worth Saving


  • 1 chicken carcass
  • 2 leaves dried bay
  • 1/2 teaspoons of peppercorns
  • 2 medium carrots roughly chopped
  • 2 stulks of celery roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion peeled and quartered
  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar


  1. Place all your ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. Strain with cheesecloth into your pint jars.
  2. Store in your freezer.



  1. LyndaS October 2, 2013 at 4:20 am

    That’s so neat! I just Pinned this because I think that even I could do that. 😉 Really, I love this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Nichol October 2, 2013 at 5:37 am

    So simple. I’ve never made broth in the slow cooker, but you have inspired me to do so!

  3. Dianna @ oyveyaday October 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Hmm – now you’ve got me thinking about homemade matzo ball soup. I know it isn’t Paleo… but it sure is good. 🙂

  4. Salixisme October 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    This is very similar to the method I use – the only real difference in mine is that I also add parsley stalks (there is more flavour in the stalks of parsley than in the leaves).

    And once I strain out the bones, I store the broth and put the bones straight back in the slow cooker with more veggies, water and vinegar and get a second (all be it less tasty, but just as mineral rich) batch.

    I have managed to get 3 batches out of a chicken on occasion before the bones were so soft that they were falling apart. The flavour gets progressively less the more you cook it, but it still jells, so I must still be extracting some goodness from those bones. And the fact the bones are going soft and crumbly must mean that I am extracting all the minerals out of them.

    1. Kelly Bejelly October 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      That’s an awesome tip! I usually compost it after one cycle but I’ll try that the next time I make broth. In the past, I’ve left the broth simmering for longer than 8 hours and it’s too strong for my tastes, even watered down. Your tip completely fixes this problem!

  5. Stephanie person October 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I LOVE making my own chicken broth! I make a big batch of chicken and veggie broth. So easy to make!

  6. Purli October 3, 2013 at 5:28 am

    What type/brand of glass jar are you using to freeze the broth in? I’ve had no luck freezing liquids in my ball mason jars. They keep cracking on me 🙁

    1. Kelly Bejelly October 3, 2013 at 9:14 am

      I use wide mouth Ball. I’ve found that when I leave a large gap at least 2″ from the top and don’t tighten the lid all the way down, my pint jars don’t’ crack. I tighten the lids after they are frozen solid.

  7. Kait October 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    This looks really easy! I love anything in the slow cooker too!

  8. Rosie October 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    This is great. Thanks for sharing. I never knew how to make this. Will have to give this a try for when I make Chicken Noodle soup. Thanks so much. 🙂

  9. Stephanie December 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Hmm – pinning for future use! I’m wondering if I can can it – I’ll google it. Many Thanks!


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