Nourishing Bone Broth Recipe

Nourishing Bone Broth Recipe

What better way to warm up in winter than with a nourishing bone broth? This bone broth recipe, from nutrient-dense food aficionado and rewilding-woman Mel Turnbull, is so much more than the sum of it’s parts. Mel uses kitchen scraps and turns them into a deeply nourishing broth, great for keeping healthy during sniffles season.


Mel’s Kitchen-Garden Bone Broth Recipe


Free-range, organic chicken frames or lamb or beef bones (jointy bones are best, you can get your butcher to cut up long bones for you) these can be raw or cooked – or left over from other meals.

Good mineral-rich salt

Organic apple cider vinegar

Veggie kitchen scraps – Onion skins, garlic skins, carrot tops, leek bottoms, celery bits etc etc (Any clean veg scraps that would usually be fed to the compost- I usually avoid brassicas and starchy veggies though) *

Herbs from the garden


Place bones, veggie scraps, herbs, a glug of vinegar (1/4 cup) and a handful of salt in a big pot or slow cooker (solar cooker is great during longer days). Fill with water and bring to the boil, then simmer for 12- 48 hours, (chicken bones less, beef bones more). Strain and pour into jars to keep in the fridge or freezer ready for your next broth based soup, stew, casserole, or any dish really.

* I keep my “stock pile” of scraps in the freezer ready for the next broth pot


Mel Turnbull is a Melbourne based traditional food and rewilding educator.

Keep an eye out for traditional food workshops Mel is running in Melbourne, including facilitating at The Village Continuum Oct 2016 

Or find out more about Mel’s rewilding work at Firekeepers– Urban Nature Connection and Wild Living.

As fire keepers, we feed connection, to each other, the earth and to generations past and future. To keep burning the fires of traditional skills of earth connection and wild living. We help people connect to the natural environment around them; to forage, grow and cook nourishing, real food and to live simpler, more satisfying lives.

Through our nature clubs, workshops and family camps, we provide opportunities for people to connect with each other, the natural world and a like-minded community. Children are nurtured to develop their enquiring minds and deepen their wonder and respect for the natural world. Practical skills based workshops help people build their resilience and regain control of their food, health and well being.

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