Faster, Easier Healthy Homemade Broth Made In An Instant Pot

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

You can make faster, easier healthy homemade broth in an Instant Pot. Literally push-button convenience cooking. Making your own healthy broth has really never been easier! Come see how I make and preserve it. 

Instant Pot Broth is crazy-easy to make, y'all. Literally push-button convenience. Come see how I make and preserve it. #TexasHomesteader

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Simple Ingredients for Homemade Broth

My homemade bone broth is as pure as it can be with only 3 ingredients:

Bones & small meat scraps


A splash of vinegar

Can You Add Salt To Homemade Broth?

You can certainly add salt to your homemade broth, but I don’t. To me it’s easier to add salt when I’m actually using my broth for cooking.

Sometimes there’ll be enough salt in my dish already without adding any additionally. Other times a small sprinkling of salt will be all that’s needed. 

Homemeade Instant Pot bone broth is easy, inexpensive, healthy and delicious. #TexasHomesteader

You know what they say – you can add salt, but once it’s there you can’t take it out.

So my broth is always made without additional salt or seasonings. Just pure, natural, healthy broth.

Can You Add Vegetable Trimmings To Bone Broth?

Some people like to add vegetable trimmings to their homemade broth. But (to me at least) sometimes veggie trimmings might add the wrong flavor than what I’m trying to attain with a dish I’m using broth for.

For instance – to me, carrots add a sweetness to my broth. And while that may be ok in a stew, it’s not really desired in my chili.

So to keep everything simple I don’t add any veggie trimmings to my broth. But if that’s something you think you’d like don’t hesitate to drop ’em in!

Making Homemade Broth In An Instant Pot

OK, really folks, it doesn’t get any easier than this. Into my Instant Pot inner liner I toss in the bones I’ve reserved in the freezer for my broth. Then I cover the bones to the fill line with water.

A splash of vinegar is added – it’s said that the vinegar draws more calcium from the bones and into your broth.

Then I replace the IP lid & twist to lock

Set the vent to ‘SEALING’

Press the +/- button to set the cook time to 2 hours

Walk away.

(Feel free to  tweak the time if you like, but this is the time that works best for me.)

Instant Pot Broth is crazy-easy to make, y'all. Literally push-button convenience. Come see how I make and preserve it. #TexasHomesteader

When the broth is done I allow the pressure to release naturally. There’s lots of hot brothy volume contained in the IP so this can take 45 minutes or so!

Then I take the lid off the Instant Pot and allow the broth to cool for just a bit to keep from burning my fingers as I deal with the bones.

I use a large strainer spoon to remove the larger bones and pour the remaining broth through a hand-held strainer to remove the smaller bones.

I typically strain my broth into a large stainless steel stock pot and allow it to cool slightly. Finally I place the strained broth into the refrigerator to cool completely.

Can You Make Broth With The Same Bones Twice?

I always toss those bones right back into the Instant Pot and give ’em another go.

I’ll fill with water, splash a little vinegar and repeat the broth-making process. It’s always worked like a charm for me.

At the end of the second batch those bones have done all they can do and are very soft & crumbly. So I’ll often toss them into my *Tumbling Composter.

My compost tumbler is enclosed to protect the contents from rodents. And it makes that gardening black gold compost too. #TexasHomesteader

How To Remove The Fat From Homemade Broth

I allow my homemade broth to thoroughly chill in the refrigerator overnight. When the broth is fully chilled the fat will rise to the top. I simply scrape the fat away.

Some people use this fat for cooking and such, but in our household Bacon Grease is king. 

Skimming the fat away from my homemade broth. Instant Pot Broth is crazy-easy to make, y'all. Literally push-button convenience. Come see how I make and preserve it. #TexasHomesteader

So having no other use for this fat I simply place it into a Repurposed Plastic Jar I keep in the refrigerator for grease. (pouring grease down the sink is a recipe for disaster, y’all!)

When that jar’s full I screw the lid on tight and toss the whole thing in the trash.

What Recipes Use Homemade Broth?

You can store your broth in the fridge for about a week. Go ahead, use it for all sorts of deliciousness throughout the week and marvel at your self sufficiency!

I always start by using some up immediately in dishes that require a hefty amount of broth such as:

Homemade Soups

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Cowboy Black Bean & Beef Chili

Dry Pinto Beans In An Instant Pot

Batch Cooking Rice In An Instant Pot

How To Freeze Homemade Broth

If you want to preserve your broth for a longer time you can store it in the freezer. I like to section it off into plastic peanut butter jars, label and freeze.

Homemade broth into repurposed jar for the freezer. Instant Pot Broth is crazy-easy to make, y'all. Literally push-button convenience. Come see how I make and preserve it. #TexasHomesteader

Others might pour their broth into ice cube trays or small plastic margarine containers & such. Whatever volume you think you’ll use your broth, the world is your oyster here.

Can You Pressure Can Homemade Broth In Mason Jars?

Homemade broth can absolutely be preserved in mason jars by pressure canning it.

Although summer in NE Texas is too dang hot & humid to can, during the winter months I like to pressure-can my broth.

Then those shining jars of broth are ready & waiting in my own pantry – no thawing required.

Instant Pot Bone broth can be preserved in glass canning jars by pressure canning it. #TexasHomesteader

However you decide to do it, making your own Instant Pot broth is incredibly easy. Pat yourself on the back for your money-saving, healthy eating, self-sufficiency moxxy!

Did you make this Instant Pot Broth? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

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Instant Pot Bone Broth

Healtby homemade broth can be made even faster and easier using an Instant Pot pressure cooker. I add bones/meat trimmings, water and vinegar and pressure cook for 2 hours. Cheap, healthy & delicious! ~ Texas Homesteader ~

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword bone broth, broth, healthy eating, instant pot
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
cooling time 45 minutes


  • Beef, Pork, Chicken or Turkey Bones
  • Splash of Vinegar



  1. Place bones into Instant Pot liner and then fill with water to max line
  2. Add splash of vinegar to draw additional calcium from the bones
  3. Place & lock Instant Pot lid, set vent to 'SEALING' and press BEANS/BROTH function.
  4. Press +/- and set time to 2 hrs.
  5. When done, allow IP to release pressure naturally. Then strain by pouring through a strainer to remove bone and bone pieces. Place strained broth in the refrigerator to cool for 12-24 hours. Fat will float to the top when it cools.

  6. NOTE: I oftentimes cook these same bones a 2nd time. When the broth is strained I return the bones into the IP and add more water & splash of vinegar. Process bones again - this time bones will be soft and crumbly.

  7. When broth is fully chilled, scrape fat layer from the top of the broth to remove fat. Refrigerate, freeze or pressure can.

Recipe Notes


To pressure-can the broth. 10 lbs pressure for 20 min pints, 25 minutes quarts


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One thought on “Faster, Easier Healthy Homemade Broth Made In An Instant Pot

  1. Thelma Briggs

    5 stars
    This is the only way I’ll make homemade broth now. So easy, so good and so nutritious!


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