Where to Buy Bone Broth
Even though you can make it yourself, sometimes you just need to know where to buy bone broth! And what really is the best bone broth to buy? This guide walks you through local and online resources for grassfed bone broth, paleo and Whole30 bone broth, and other broth varieties.
Bone broth has a reputation in certain circles as being the end all for healthy eating. But, what is bone broth, and should you be using it? What exactly are the best brands to buy?
We’ve gone deep into the world of all things brothy to examine the claims and to round up some of the healthiest brands (Whole30 compliant, paleo and keto-friendly, and many AIP bone broth options) available for purchase.
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What is Bone Broth?
At its core, bone broth is what our grandparents called “stock”. Bone broth is stock with a better marketing team. Bone broth is stock with a bunch of hipster interns who post photos of it on Instagram.
Ok, in reality, bone broth has many of the same components as stock, but it’s been simmered a lot longer to extract even more nutrients and goodness from the bones.
- Basic broth is made by cooking meat (usually chicken, beef, or turkey), maybe some bones, aromatics, vegetables, and water.
- Basic stock involves using those same aromatics and vegetables but making sure there are bones being simmered as well.
- Bone broth takes it to the next level and cooks the veggies, aromatics, and bones for a long time. A really long time – like 18 to 24 hours!
It also tastes freaking amazing, but that’s an added bonus.
I make my own chicken bone broth after I roast a Paleo Roasted Chicken. When our family has eaten all that it can eat, I use one of three methods – stovetop, slow cooker, or Instant Pot. The added bonus of the Instant Pot method is that it cuts the cooking time down dramatically. But if you don’t have a pressure cooker, the other two options work very well.
It’s so easy to make yourself that once you do it, you’ll think “is that it”?
Is Bone Broth is Good For You?
That long steep that the bones take helps to draw out any available nutrients, protein, and collagen.
And with that, I’m going to deviate from telling you all the amazing benefits of bone broth that other people like to tout. Honestly, I think bone broth is wonderful, delicious, and comforting, but there is not enough actual scientific research to back up all the claims made about it.
People say that it helps with inflammation, healing, can improve digestion, boost immunity, and aid with gut health. The people behind the GAPS diet are very pro bone broth for healing your gut.
But, even the researchers at Harvard Medical School are like “eh”. This is not a cure-all.
Here is what I think bone broth has going for it. People associate it with healthy eating and a “clean” diet. So, if you decide to consume bone broth on the regular, chances are it is part of an overall balanced way of eating.
Plus, thanks to the high protein content, if you’re busy drinking bone broth, you’re likely not filling up with junkier foods. And you know that I bang the drum of all things soup (check out my entire soup archives here) and consider it a hug in a bowl.
How to Consume Bone Broth
Many people drink it in a mug with or for breakfast like coffee or tea. It’s wonderful in soups (as is everything) like Paleo French Onion Soup or Whole30 Zuppa Toscana, for veggies, cooking grains, and roasting meats.
Can You Buy Bone Broth in the Grocery Store?
Yes, you can! Depending on your grocery stores, they may have a few options on the shelves. If you live in a small town as I do, the selection may be limited. And that is where online options like Thrive or Amazon work best.
Keep in mind, making your own stock is incredibly affordable (and easy! Remember?). Buying store-bought bone broth has quite the hefty markup.
What to Look For When Buying Bone Broth
Cook time: check for a broth that was simmered for at least 12 hours. Some exceptions apply. See below.
Ingredients: if your granny didn’t know what it was, it shouldn’t be in your bone broth.
Sourcing: you’re looking for bones from organic, free-range, grass-fed, and pastured animals. If the brand doesn’t talk about the way the animals were raised, chances are the quality won’t be there.
What to Avoid When Buying Bone Broth
Ingredients: see above regarding your granny.
Additives: there should be no thickeners, flavor enhancers, sugar, yeast, or preservatives.
Many brands contain a lot of sodium, which I get (salt is delicious), but if you are watching your sodium intake, do be aware. The downloadable guide I have created lists the sodium amount per serving.
Where to Buy Bone Broth
If you’re not able to find quality brands locally and don’t want to make your own, I’ve tracked down some wonderful (and convenient) resources!
- Bare Bones (beef, chicken, rosemary and lemon chicken)
- Epic (jalapeno beef, savory chicken, turkey cranberry sage)
- Kettle and Fire (beef, chicken, mushroom chicken)
- Thrive (beef, chicken, turkey)
Deals to be had: take 25% off your first order via this link.
- Bare Bones (beef, chicken, rosemary and chicken, turkey)
- Bonafide Provisions (beef, chicken, frontier blend)
- Epic Provisions (jalapeno beef, chicken, turkey cranberry & sage)
- Kettle & Fire (beef, chicken, mushroom chicken)
- Osso Good Bone (signature, chicken, spicy pork, turkey)
- The Flavor Chef (beef, chicken)
Direct from the company:
- Bare Bones (take 15% off your first order with coupon code “sustainablecooks”)
- Bonafide Provisions (take 15% off orders of $150 or more with coupon code “15BP”)
- Kettle & Fire (save 20% PLUS ebates 2.5% rebate)
- Osso Good Bone
- Pete’s Paleo
- The Flavor Chef
- Thrive (take 25% off of your first order)
- US Wellness
- Vital Choice
- White Oak Pastures
Resources for Grass-Fed Bones to Make Your Own:
Best Bone Broth Brands
These brands all meet the requirements for quality bone broth.
Ingredients: Chicken bones and chicken feet from 100% organic pasture-raised chicken, filtered water, fresh organic vegetables, superfood herbs & spices. (Chicken broth. Ingredients for other flavors will vary)
Cook time: “Slow-simmered for 20+ hours for maximum nutrient extraction, our chicken bone broth is loaded with bioavailable collagen, gelatin, amino acids, minerals, and compounds our bodies need for optimum performance and longevity – and it tastes pretty darn good too”. (source)
Sourcing: “Everything in Bare Bones broths is ethically raised and free of antibiotics, hormones and grains—because peace of mind is priceless”. (source)
Ingredients: Organic free-range chicken bones (frames, backs, wings, and particularly collagen-rich chicken feet), triple-filtered water, organic onion, organic apple cider vinegar, organic garlic, Selina Celtic sea salt, and organic parsley. (Chicken broth. Ingredients for other flavors will vary)
Cook time: “We slow-simmer our broths for 18-48 hours, based on the optimal cooking time for each batch of bones”. (source)
Sourcing: “We use nothing but grass-fed, pasture-raised bones (and some collagen-rich chicken feet.) No meat or added stock in our broth. Everything from our ingredients to our packaging and production meet rigorous organic standards. We do it because it matters”. (source)
These people even wrote a book about bone broth!
Ingredients: chicken bones, organic chicken necks, organic chicken feet, sea salt, organic: onions, carrots, celery, black pepper, and bay leaves (Chicken Broth. Ingredients for other flavors will vary).
Cook time: “Every batch of our broth is slowly simmered for up to 24 hours. This lengthy cooking process allows us to extract the most nutrients and flavor from each ingredient”. (source)
Sourcing: “We get all of our bones from cooperatives and family farms. All our beef bones come from 100% grass-fed animals raised on pasture; they are free of antibiotics and hormones. Our poultry (chicken and turkey) are certified organic and raised on pasture. They are fed a vegetarian diet free of GMOs, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides”. (source)
Epic Bone Broth
Ingredients: Water, organic chicken bones, onions, celery, carrots, sea salt, garlic, organic apple cider vinegar, lactic acid, rosemary, turmeric (color). (Chicken Broth. Ingredients for other flavors will vary).
Cook time: “We take great pride in how we prepare our broth and take extra steps to cook our bones in a traditional fashion which relies on low simmering for long durations”. (source)
Sourcing: Epic lists sourcing supply chain by broth type. Their info is very extensive and you can find out more about it on their site.
Ingredients: Organic chicken bones and feet (which add extra collagen), organic celery, organic roasted Poblano pepper, organic green pepper, organic onions, organic carrots, organic garlic, organic scallions, organic tomato puree, organic herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary, basil), organic spices, sea salt, and apple cider vinegar (which extracts even more nutrients from the bones). (Chicken Broth. Ingredients for other flavors will vary).
Cook time: Slow simmered for 20+ hours
Sourcing: Made with bones from grass-fed beef or pasture raised chickens. Hormone and antibiotic-free.
Osso Good Co Bone Broth
Ingredients: Organic Chicken Bone Broth (filtered water and organic chicken bones), Organic Carrots, Organic Tomatoes, Organic Onion, Organic Celery, Organic Garlic, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Mushrooms, Organic Parsley, Organic Thyme, Organic Peppercorn and Organic Bay Leaves. (Chicken Broth. Ingredients for other flavors will vary).
Cook time: Simmered up to 24 hours.
Sourcing: “We work closely with a group of small family farms here in Northern California and Oregon that raise their animals in conditions beyond organic”. (source)
Ingredients: Water, chicken or beef bones, carrots, onions, celery, bay leaf, apple cider vinegar. (Chicken Broth. Ingredients for other flavors will vary).
Cook time: 24-36 hours depending on the variety.
Sourcing: “We use bones from animals that were humanely raised on open pastures with clean diets free of antibiotics, hormones and grains”. (source)
Ingredients: Water, Organic Chicken Bones, Organic Onions, Organic Carrots, Organic Celery, Organic Parsley, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Bay Leaf, Sea Salt. (Chicken Broth. Ingredients for other flavors will vary).
Cook time: “Our broth is slowly simmered for 24 hours taking the time required to extract nutrients while ensuring we’re getting every last nutrient and flavor we can from the ingredients. The broth is loaded with amino acids and vital nutrients like calcium, potassium and vitamin A.”
Sourcing: Free range and organic.
Ingredients: Filtered water, 100% pastured free-range chicken bones, organic chicken feet, onion, organic carrot, organic celery, organic kale, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, organic parsley, organic whole clove garlic, Redmond’s Real Salt, kombu, cumin, mushroom extract (shitake mushrooms, button mushrooms, rosemary extract), turmeric root, coriander, cayenne pepper, thyme, rosemary extract. (Chicken Broth. Ingredients for other flavors will vary).
Cook time: Not listed
Sourcing: Pasture-raised. “All ingredients are the best, period. Sustainable/ethically sourced bones, organic vegetables and herbs, targeted anti-inflammatory spices, and love from the land”. (source)
Ingredients: Filtered water, organic free-range chicken bones and feet, organic onions, organic carrots, organic thyme, organic garlic, organic kombu (seaweed), organic cider vinegar, organic spices. (Chicken Broth. Ingredients for other flavors will vary).
Cook time: “Our chicken broth is simmered for just seven hours, in a special high-pressure pot. This unusual method preserves the flavor of our organic ingredients while extracting more collagen and protein from the poultry”. (source)
Sourcing: Free-range chicken. Certified organic by Oregon Tilth, Inc.
White Oak Pastures
Ingredients: Pastured Poultry (May contain a mix of Chicken, Turkey, and/or Guinea), Water, Onion, Carrot, Celery, Bay Leave, and Cider Vinegar
Cook time: Not listed
Sourcing: Pasture-raised on their 3,200-acre farm. Their chickens are Certified Non-GMO, Rated a 4 in the Global Animal Partnership, Certified Humane and EOV (Ecological Outcome Verified) in the Land2Market Program.
I have combined all of the brands above into this handy printable guide. I have noted details about protein, sodium, and coupon codes where applicable. If you can find multiple sizes through a company, I have priced out one or two packs since that is the most likely size anyone would purchase. Some companies only sell their broth in bulk.
Many of the brands are available from multiple sources, and I have noted price per ounce so that you can better evaluate the overall costs.
What is your favorite brand/flavor of bone broth?
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