Keto and Carnivore Bone Broth

Homemade Bone Broth for Keto and Carnivore

One key skill to learn when doing Keto or Carnivore is how to make your own homemade bone broth. It is really just so easy and homemade bone broth has so many health benefits as well. 

And if you have checked out prices for store bought bone broth in a carton, you already know that this is the budget way to go!

So why not take a few extra minutes to save those leftover meat pieces and bones? The best way I have found is to keep a large ziploc freezer bag in the freezer and throw them in there. 

Then when it’s full, it’s time to make a batch of homemade keto bone broth!

Benefits of Bone Broth

Ok, bone broth is good for everyone, but women, listen up! There is a reason they say bone broth is better than botox!  Here are the benefits:

  • prevents hair loss and strengthens your hair and nails
  • prevents bone loss, a huge benefit to mid life and older women!
  • improves joint health for flexibility
  • helps with skin elasticity which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and skin aging.
  • helps with the appearance of cellulite

Make me some now I say!

What bones are good for Bone Broth?

All of them really!  Some do have more collagen than others but if you use a variety of bones from different animals, your bone broth will have great flavor and plenty on nutrients. My favorites to use are:

  • beef oxtail
  • pork hocks
  • chicken necks and feet
  • meaty ribs

Sometimes I even spend the money and buy ribs and oxtails and make them in my pressure cooker so I can have both meat to eat and bone broth!

bones simmering in hot water

What else do you need for making bone broth?

  • water
  • salt
  • some people also save veggie scraps or put in onions, carrots and celery which they then strain out
  • apple cider vinegar (the acidity draws out more collagen)

Saving Your Delicious Bone Broth

Once you have followed the directions below and have the broth, the best way to store is to freeze it in usable portions. I like to think ahead to include recipes that not only use large amounts of broth (such as soups) but those recipes that might only need small amounts, such as a sauce.

It’s also good to have smaller single serving sizes on hand so you can have your daily collagen boost!

For this reason I have some ideas on getting creative with your freezing methods. You can make use of the following items that you likely already in the kitchen:

  • Stackable ice cube trays  – Freeze a couple trays and then when frozen pop them out into a large ziploc bag. Perfect for when you need small amounts of broth.
  • Silicone muffin pans – these will freeze portions that are about 1/2 cup each. Once frozen you can dump them into a bag for storage.
  • Large ziploc bags. Fill them with a quart of broth and lay them flat in the freezer for better storage. Perfect for when you are making a batch of soup.
  • Glass Jars are perfect for storing your homemade chicken broth in the fridge.

This is a bag of frozen bone both pucks that were frozen in a silicon muffin pan:

Frozen Bone Broth pucks in ziploc bag
Ziploc bag of frozen bone broth pucks

Do you need to roast the bones before making bone broth?

Ok, confession time.  I have never roasted the bones first, not even once.

I’ve read in multiple places that roasting the bones first gives more flavor and richness. Maybe it does.  I like it fine without roasting.

But if you’ve got the time, go for it!  Maybe one of these days I will try it.

How Long to Cook Bone Broth?

That, my friend is going to depend on which appliance you choose:

  • Stovetop: simmer minimum 12 hours, I’ve read some recipes that are 24 -48 hours!
  • Slow cooker/Crockpot: Cook on low for 12 hours
  • Instant Pot: Pressure cook for 2 hours

If you know me even a little bit, you probably already know that I have never cooked bone broth on the stove and I never will.  If that was my only option, then I would simply buy it from the store or online. 

I have made it many times in both a crockpot and instant pot!  And loved how it turned out every time!

But if you are sold on the benefits but not on the work, then I highly recommend Kettle & Fire bone broth

The instructions to make your own bone broth are in the printable card below.

bone broth in mason jar

Keto and Carnivore Bone Broth

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 hours 3 seconds
Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes 3 seconds

Bone Broth is perfect for people doing Keto and Carnivore, but did you know that there are incredible health benefits for women? Make your own and have a daily cup!


  • 2-3 pounds meaty bones
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sea salt


Instant Pot

    1. In the Instant Pot, place the bones, apple cider vinegar and salt.
    2. Fill pot with about 8 cups of water but do not exceed the max fill line.
    3. Close lid and turn knob to sealing, set to cook on manual setting for 2 hours. When time is up, let the pressure release naturally.
    4. Strain broth through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl.
    5. Store in fridge for several hours or overnight.
    6. Once chilled, the broth should be jiggly and have a layer of fat on top. Scrape off the fat if desired.
    7. Spoon into containers for freezing. and transfer to jars for storing in the fridge or freezer.
    8. If it doesn't gel, you can still drink it, it is still full of nutrients!

    Slow Cooker/Crock Pot

      1. In your slow cooker or crockpot, place the bones, apple cider vinegar and salt.
      2. Fill pot with 8 cups of water or until it covers the bones by about an inch.
      3. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 12.
      4. Strain broth through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl.
      5. Store in fridge for several hours or overnight.
      6. Once chilled, the broth should be jiggly and have a layer of fat on top. Scrape off the fat if desired.
      7. Spoon into containers for freezing.

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      bone broth cooling in jars


      Recipes and Meal Ideas for Carnivore and Zero Carb

      These recipes can all be used if you are considering trying zero carb or carnivore. Keep in mind that Carnivores focus on food from the animal kingdom. Some of these are relaxed Carnivore plan so feel free to omit any non animal ingredients.


      6 thoughts on “Keto and Carnivore Bone Broth”

        1. That is entirely a personal choice! I scrape off the fat and use it for cooking. But I know of others who say they enjoy the broth when it’s fatty, it is more satisfying. So your choice!

        1. There is no definitive answer to this because everyone is going to have different bones they use. I would estimate 30-50 calories.

      1. I will be attempting my first bone broth in the instant pot. Read thro’ and was wondering if the pressure would be set for HIGH for the full 2 hours? Don’t want to mess this up. As an aside, I ordered a few bags of ribeye crisps from Carnivore Crisps. Got a discount code from Neisha Loves It. Hope they will be worth the shipping…just a little treat to get me through some maybe tough days to come.

        1. Yes, I cook it at high for the full time. I have not tried those crisps yet, I’m in Canada and it costs a fortune to get things over the border to here.

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