How To Store Bone Broth by Freezing Bone Broth
Unlike stock, bone broth is made by simmering bones of several animals with the most popular options being chicken, beef, and turkey. Another difference between both beverages is how long it takes to make bone broth. With a slow cooker, you would need to simmer the broth for 24 hours at least.
If you spend that much time making bone broth, you wouldn’t want it to go bad pretty quickly. Luckily, bone broth can be stored. By freezing bone broth, you can store it for more than six months.
This article covers all the ways you can freeze the bone broth and how to serve frozen bone broth.
Freezing Bone Broth Using an ice Cube Tray
This method helps for easy defrosting, it could also help you store a lot of bone broth without taking much space in your freezer. The problem with storing your bone broth in an ice cube tray is that they may spill. You can easily solve this problem by getting ice cube trays with lids.
Things You’ll Need
- Ice Cube Tray
- Freezer-proof container
How to Freeze Bone Broth Using an Ice Cube Tray
Get an ice cube tray and fill it with your bone broth. Get as many ice cube trays as you need. You can either use a ladle to scoop broth or pour directly from a bowl into the tray. Avoid filling each tray cell to the brim so that it does not overflow.
Place the ice cube tray in the freezer and allow it to freeze overnight
Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a freeze-proof container. This could be a metal, glass, or plastic freezer-proof container with a lid. To check how long the broth has been in the freezer, write the date on a stick material like a piece of tape and stick it on the container.
When ready to serve, thaw the cubes of bone broth in a pot. This should give you about 2 tablespoons of bone broth. If you want to use bone broth as a seasoning or spice, you could also add the cubes to your dish while it’s cooking.
Freezing Bone Broth in a Plastic Bag
With this method, you’ll be stacking plastic bags of bone broth in your freezer. This method could help you save space in your freezer.
Things You’ll Need
- Sealable plastic bags
- Metal tray
- Measuring cup
How to Freeze Bone Broth in a Plastic Bag
Open a sealable plastic bag and place it inside a cup or coffee mug in a way that the open part of the bag is at the top. Fold the sealable edges of the bag over the rim of the mug to allow for more space.
Pour the bone broth into the plastic bag in the cup. Stop pouring when the bone broth fills the cup to the brim.
Unfold the bag from the cup, then seal it and lift it out of the cup. You can use this method to bag as many broths as you want. Also, you should use a measuring cup as the holder for the plastic bag. This will help you know the amount of bone broth that’s in the bag. Write that amount on the outside of the bag.
Get a tray with edges and place the bags flat on the tray. You can stack the plastic bags on top of each other if you want.
Place the tray with bone broth bags in the freezer and let them freeze overnight. Before you remove the tray, check if the bags are frozen solid.
Remove the tray from the freezer and stack the bags in the freezer. Write the date you stored them on each bag of broth to help you track how long they’ve been in the freezer.
When ready to serve, remove the bag of broth from the freezer and place in cold water. This will defrost the bag. Then you can use a knife to break the frozen block of broth into smaller pieces that could fit into a pot for cooking. When done, place the broth into a pot and cook.
Freezing Bone Broth in Jars
Jars may take up more space, but they are a good way to store bone broth without having to worry about spills.
Things You’ll Need
- Glass jars with lid
How to Freeze Bone Broth in Jars
Get a set of glass jars with lids. Fill each jar with bone broth by either scooping it with a ladle or pouring it directly. Leave at least 1 inch of space between the top of the jar and the top of the broth. This will give the broth enough space to expand when it freezes.
Before pouring the broth into the jar, use a measuring cup to measure how much broth you’re putting into the jar. Write this amount on a piece of tape and stick it to the outside of the jar.
Seal the glass jar and place it in the fridge. Putting the jars directly into the freezer will lead to a drastic fall in temperature which could result in the breakage of the jar. Place the jar in the fridge for sometime before moving them to the freezer.
When placing the jars in the freezers avoid stacking them on top of each other as they are more likely to fall over and break this way. Jars stored in the freezer can last up to a year.
There are several ways to defrost your bone broth when you store them in a jar. You could take the jar of bone broth and put it in the fridge. Leave it to thaw in the fridge for sometime before transferring it to a pot. This method is very slow but you could give it a try if not in a hurry. If you’re looking to serve your bone broth as soon as possible, you could place the jar in a bowl of warm water instead. This will speed up the thawing process and you should be able to transfer it to the pot in a matter of minutes.