Who knew that bone broth was such a good first food for weaning babies? Mineral-rich, and full of protein (as well as flavour), broth makes an ideal base for many baby recipes like - stews, soups, pot roasts, ragu, curries, pho noodle bowls, and more. Some parents give a bit of broth to their weaning babies as a nutritious warm drink in a little cup. 

Baby B and I trundled down to the butcher this morning and she charmed him into sharing his generations-old bone broth technique. We left with a kilo of organic, grass-fed beef bones wrapped up like a present.


Put a kilogram of bones in a large lidded pan and cover with cold fresh water. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and leave to stand for an hour. Then turn heat on and bring to a gentle simmer, leaving for as long as you can. 12 hours is meant to be the best duration, but three is great. When you can stand it no longer, turn off the heat and allow the liquid to cool enough for you to safely lift out the bones and strain through a sieve into a jug. Once at room temperature you can pour the broth into ice cube trays and pop cubes out into cooking pots, or you can store the broth in sealed jars in the fridge or freezer for use in batch cooking or to create big family sharing dishes. It'l keep safely in the fridge for a week in a sealed container/jar (it'll solidify like jelly) and for three months in the freezer.