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Instant Pot Ham Bone Broth


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Don’t throw out that leftover ham bone! Instead, use it to make this healthy Instant Pot Ham Bone Broth.

There’s a lot of flavor and plenty of nutrients in that ham bone and it’s easy to extract it all into a delicious ham stock you can drink or use in other recipes.

Why Make Bone Broth?

You probably already know that cooking with broth can add a lot of flavor to a dish. Well, bone broth is even more flavorful.

Even better, bone broth contains several important nutrients and minerals that provide health benefits. Protect your joints, fend off osteoarthritis, reduce inflammation and improve digestion by adding bone broth to your diet.

Most grocery stores carry bone broth so you can definitely pick up a container there. It’s so easy to make in your Instant Pot though, you can save yourself the trip to the store.

Ingredients for Ham Bone Broth

  • Leftover ham bone
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large yellow onion, quartered
  • 2 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

Substitutions and Additions

Apple Cider Vinegar: Many people believe it’s necessary to add an acid to extract the nutrients from the bones, but it’s not true. If it makes you feel better though, adding a tablespoon to the recipe won’t hurt anything.

Vegetables: You can skip the onion, carrots, and celery if you want, but they do add a nice flavor dimension and some nutritional benefits.

Herbs and Spices: I just use a bay leaf and black pepper, but you can also add rosemary and/or thyme too for added flavor. 6 to 8 sprigs of fresh herbs or 3 to 4 tablespoons of dried herbs.

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How to Store Bone Broth

You have several options for storing your broth. I keep mine in wide mouth glass mason jars.

You can also add your broth to an ice cube tray and freeze it so you have easy one tablespoon portions to use later. For larger portions, you can use a muffin pan or baking mold.

If you decide to freeze your ham bone broth, make sure that you leave space for the broth to expand when it freezes. In other words, don’t fill your containers to the rim.

How to Make Instant Pot Ham Bone Broth

Remember earlier when I said that this was easier than running to the store? I meant it.

All you have to do is add all the ingredients to your Instant Pot. Seal the pot (put the lid on and close the sealing valve). Then, pressure cook on high for 60 minutes.

At the end of the cook time, wait for the natural release (don’t turn the valve to venting to get the pressure sensor pin to drop). When the pressure has fully released, remove the lid and strain the broth.

How to Make Ham Bone Broth in a Slow Cooker

If you prefer to use your crock pot, you can use this exact recipe! Instead of adding the ingredients to your Instant Pot, you’ll add them to your slow cooker.

Cook on low for at least 12 hours and up to 18 hours. Then, strain into your desired storage container(s).

Instant Pot Ham Bone Broth Recipe

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Instant Pot Ham Bone Broth

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Natural Release 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 16 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Strainer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 leftover ham bone
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large yellow onion quartered
  • 2 carrots cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 celery stalks cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  • Secure the Instant Pot lid and close sealing valve.
  • Cook on high pressure for 60 minutes. When time ends, allow for natural release.
  • Strain broth into mason jars (or other storage container). Discard ham bone and vegetables.
  • Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Nutrition

Calories: 16kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 24mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2556IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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