Bone broth is popular for its tastefulness, nutritional value, and medicinal purposes. It helps with digestion and stomach pain. One can make plenty of stock and store some in the fridge, yet what is the best way to reheat it?
You can reheat bone broth in a microwave or on a stovetop. However, when warming it in a microwave, you should cover the broth with a paper towel or plastic wrap to prevent it from exploding. Before reheating, always remember to defrost refrigerated broth to prevent it from adversely impacting your health.
There are many reasons why everyone needs to take bone broth. Yet, to retain its value, it must be well stored and reheated. Bone broth is best stored in the fridge and can last for a long period.
How to Reheat Bone Broth in a Microwave
Microwaving is the easiest and time-saving reheating medium. It is recommendable to reheat bone broth for 1 to 2 minutes, yet frozen broth takes longer to warm. So how do you reheat bone broth in a microwave?
- If you are reheating refrigerated broth, thaw it overnight. Alternatively, you can defrost it in the microwave.
- Put the broth in a microwave-safe container but do not fill it to the brim as it may spill.
- Cover the broth with plastic wrap or a paper towel.
- Reheat the broth at a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit at increments of 30 to 40 seconds. It would be best to stir the broth and put it back in the microwave until it gets warmed to the desired temperature.
- When ready, let it cool before consuming.
It is not advisable to reheat more broth than you plan to consume. Whenever you microwave broth, there is a high possibility that the amino acids present in the drink change from one form to another. The denatured chemical composition is harmful to your body. Be that as it may, it is much healthier to consume microwaved bone broth than junk food.
How to Reheat Bone Broth on a Stovetop
A stovetop is also another convenient and effortless way to reheat any broth.
- After thawing, place the broth in a container- preferably glass or thermos.
- Place a saucepan on a stovetop and put a considerable amount of water in it.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Place the container with the broth inside the boiling water for 5-10 minutes. After that, check its temperature to assess if it is well reheated. Remember, bone broth is a perishable food, and for it to retain its nutritional value, you must reheat to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit or more.
- When ready, remove the container and pour away the water in the saucepan. If you warm your broth in a thermos, it could serve you for the next 10-12 hours.
How to Store Bone Broth
It would be best to leave your bone broth to cool before storing it in the refrigerator. I suggest you don’t store your broth for long because it will do more harm than good. Ideally, the broth should be stored for a maximum of 2 months, just as long as it doesn’t get reheated multiple times.
Before storing your broth in the fridge, you can either put it in plastic bags or jars; this way, it will be secured from bacteria and won’t stink up your fridge.
Storing Bone Broth in BPA-Free Plastic Bags
It is safe to store broth in BPA-free plastic bags; still, you must ensure the bags are not leaking before placing them in the refrigerator. Unfortunately, the bags can leak even after you check for emanates in advance, and there is nothing you can do to prevent this. To store your bone broth in plastic bags:
- Line a plastic tray with paper towels to help trap moisture.
- Add parchment paper on top of the paper towels.
- Fill the plastic bags with broth and gently clean them.
- Place the filled plastic bags on the tray; do not overlap them.
- Cover the tray with parchment paper and add more bags on top if there are any left.
- Next, place the tray in the freezer- and after the broth is fully frozen, remove the bags from the tray and place them directly in the fridge.
Storing Bone Broth in Mason Jars
This storage option is opportune and preferred by many.
- When the bone broth is cool, pour it into jars but don’t fill them up.
- Wipe the jars using vinegar and paper towels to remove moisture that may cause expansion after refrigeration.
- Close the jars but do not screw them tightly.
- Inspect the jars for moisture, then place them in the fridge.
In closing, always ensure to label your storage jars, so you don’t forget your broth in the fridge for longer than anticipated.