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With the kids back in school—or as I like to call it, The Friendly Neighborhood Petri Dish—I’ve been making plenty of bone broth to ward off the assorted bugs and ailments that the boys bring home. After all, bone broth is much more than a simple flavor booster for soups, stews, and stir-fries; it’s one of my favorite ways to keep the family healthy. At this time of year, Big-O and Lil-O seem to perpetually be on the verge of catching a cold, but I’m a firm believer that a good night’s sleep and a steaming mug of bone broth in the morning seems to keep the worst at bay. I don’t want my boys missing school. (Confession: it’s mostly because I can’t get any work done unless they’re out of the house.)
In my cookbook, I offer three different methods to make bone broth, but I tend to either use a slow cooker or a pressure cooker. Whenever I’m pressed for time and/or feeling lazy (which is ALWAYS), I break out a programmable pressure cooker and dump in all the ingredients at bedtime. Even after the cooking time is up, the soup stays hot, so we can have fresh bone broth in the morning. I’m telling you: I’m totally investing in a second Instant Pot. (And no, Instant Pot doesn’t pay me to gush. I just do it ’cause I can’t help myself.)
I know, I know: to my loyal readers, the awesomeness of bone broth and programmable pressure cookers is old news. But here’s something we haven’t yet covered: once we’ve got ourselves a piping-hot pot of homemade bone broth, how the bleep are we supposed to store it?
Although Michael Ruhlman initially suggested keeping it at room temperature for up to a week (and simply boiling it each time before using it), he changed his mind after reading Harold McGee’s article in the New York Times. Even if refrigerated, the longest bone broth can be stored is a few days ’cause it’s such a spectacular growth medium for bacteria.
Here’s what I do with a freshly made batch of bone broth: