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I received a fantastic question in my Facebook raw feeding group by Glenn:
“Made some bone broth the other day? Once it's frozen, how long does it last?”
How Long Bone Broth Will Last
Bone broth will stay good for 3-4 days in the fridge and up to a year in the freezer.
Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs
Bone broth is a “soup” made from slow cooking (or pressure cooking) meaty bones – preferably bones with cartilage. The broth is full of amino acids and nutrients that support sick dogs, senior dogs, and dogs with sensitive tummies. I make it as a treat for my dogs, pouring it over their raw meals or freezing it in ice cube trays to create a cool treat on hot days.
Bone broth is a great joint supplement and contains chondroitin and glucosamine.
Easy Bone Broth Recipe for Dogs
- Bones with cartilage (I prefer turkey legs or emu legs)
- 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar per every gallon of water used
- 1 tbsp (or 3 cloves) of garlic
- Vegetables (kale, parsley, ginger, etc) – optional
In a slow cooker, bone broth takes 20-24 hours. In a pressure cooker, bone broth takes 2-4 hours. When it's complete, I fish the bones out and leave the meat in the broth (you can fish the meat and vegetables out if you like). I allow the broth to cool before spooning it into Rubbermaid containers for freezing.
Warning: Do Not Use Lamb. Unless you love the smell of cooked lamb, using lamb for bone broth turned into a horrible mistake. It smelled TERRIBLE! Even the bone broth was hard to deal with when serving it to the dogs (who loved it – go figure).
How Much Bone Broth I Give to My Dogs
There are several ways I serve bone broth to my dogs:
- poured over their food (chilled or room temperature)
- as a frozen treat
- as a full meal
Bone Broth Over Raw Dog Food
I pour about 1/4 (or less) of bone broth over my dogs' raw meals. Instead of heating it up in the microwave, I set it on the counter an hour before meal time to allow it to reach room temperature.
Bone Broth as a Frozen Treat for Dogs
I invested in those cutesy ice cube trays with paw prints and bones; however, you can do this in regular ones too. The dogs don't care.
I pour the cool bone broth into ice cube trays and freeze. I've also used the small Rubbermaid containers and the dogs lick them clean on hot days. Because the container is plastic, don't allow your dog to chew on it – they'll be tempted because the bone broth is SO GOOD.
I don't have a set serving amount of frozen bone broth; instead, I give a frozen treat to my dogs on hot days. If they're licking the bone broth out of a Rubbermaid container, then they'll get one each weekend. If it's just an ice cube, then I can add one to their meal a few times a week. It just depends on what I have on hand.
Serving Bone Broth to Dogs as a Meal
When one of my dogs isn't feeling too hot, I'll give them bone broth as a meal. I mostly give it to my dogs when they have an upset tummy. It's super easy on the system and makes sure that the dogs are getting nutrients.
Many raw feeders believe in fasting their dogs. I'm too much of a sucker for those “I'm starving to death” puppy eyes they give to me. Serving dogs a meal of bone broth offers a gentler fast.
I typically give my dogs 1-1/2 to 2 cups of bone broth when I serve it as a meal. Rodrigo and Scout get closer to 2 cups; Sydney and Zoey get closer to 1-1/2 cups of bone broth.