Bone broth is incredibly rich in vitamins and minerals that sooth the digestive tract. Beef or chicken are usually used to make bone broth. We’ve opted to use rabbit bones in today’s recipe. We raise rabbits for meat and to make sure nothing goes to waste, we use the bones to make a nourishing rabbit bone broth in our instant pot. Jump To Recipe
As much as people are so accustomed to buying meat from the store, we strive to raise our animals for meat and raw milk. We love the fact that we know where our food is coming from and what diet it is being fed. We personally chose rabbit for the quick turn around rate. Rabbits are also great for homesteaders who don’t have much room but still want their own meat. While we do have 30 acres, we still liked how they didn’t take up much space on our land.
Rabbits typically have babies year around but in south Louisiana we choose not to breed during summer time since it’s too hot here. We choose to breed our rabbits in the fall, winter, and spring. Once we start in the fall we will breed them every 1-2 months after they have their babies. The babies are then ready to be butchered by 8-12 weeks old. We harvest the meat and keep the organs as well as the bones. We use every part that we can so nothing goes to waste. This makes for a delicious and gut healing, rabbit bone broth.
Why Is Bone Broth Good For You?
Bone broth is jam packed with vitamins and minerals that support overall health. Similar to gelatin, bone broth contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin k2, iron, zinc, selenium, and manganese. It’s full of collagen and gelatin, all of which are incredible for the gut lining, joints, bones, and skin. It’s also said that bone broth has a low glycemic index and can improve blood sugar levels. You can use bone broth to make soups, gravies, or even just sip on it for the health benefits. You can use bones from any animal to make bone broth, but for today’s recipe we will use rabbit bones.
When we do make bone broth of any kind, we choose to make it from organic and/or grass fed animals. You eat what an animal eats, which is why quality is so important when it comes to meat. Our rabbits are fed organic food from azure standard. We love this one because it doesn’t contain soy, canola, or by-products of any kind. The ingredients are transparent and match our standards when it comes to good quality food for our animals. We give our animals the best possible life even though we raise them for meat. They serve their purpose and we choose to make them as comfortable as possible while living on our farm.
Where To Purchase Rabbit?
I actually had no idea you could purchase rabbit online! Here is a great source for organic rabbit. They sell different parts of the rabbit or you can buy the entire rabbit cleaned and ready to go. Obviously for this recipe you’ll need the whole thing so you can use the bone to make the broth.
You can of course raise your own rabbit as well, but I know not everyone can do this! You can also do a google search for rabbit breeders near you to see if they sell rabbit meat locally. While rabbit meat isn’t as common as beef or chicken, you’d be surprised at how many farmers harvest rabbits for meat. It never hurts to support a local farmer either!
How To Store Rabbit Bone Broth?
In the fridge it will stay good for up to 5-7 days. We store ours in a glass mason jar. If you don’t have mason jars, you can always use a glass tupperware or a ziplock bag. If you use a ziplcock bag, you will need to wait for the broth to cool completely.
In the freezer, you can put in a ziplock bag and lay it flat in the freezer. You can store the broth in a mason jar in the freezer but make sure you leave a few inches from the top so it doesn’t break the glass jar once frozen. It will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months.
What Do You Need For Rabbit Bone Broth?
For this recipe we used 7 carcasses since we just butchered a lot of rabbits. You can use however many can fit in your instant pot. We found that 7 fit perfectly in the biggest size instant pot. We have done 3 in a smaller instant pot and it worked great as well. If you only have access to one carcass, that should be totally fine you just may get a smaller amount of broth.
You can also make this recipe on the stove top if you don’t have an instant pot. You will need a big soup pot deep enough for the carcass to fit in along with the water. On the stove it will take about 6-12 hours with a low simmer. Below is a list of what you will need:
- 7 Rabbit carcasses (or however many you want)
- Instant pot
- Filtered Water ( not necessary, just preferred)
- Fine strainer
- Garlic powder
Let’s Get Cooking!
- Organic rabbit Carcass
- 1 Whole Onion
- Sea Salt
- Garlic Powder
- Take your rabbit carcass and rinse it in your sink.
- Cut your onion
- Place rabbit carcass in your instant pot along with your onion
- Fill up the pot with enough water to cover the carcass. This amount will be different for everyone. Just make sure the water is covering majority of the rabbit.
- Add thyme, salt, garlic powder, parsley and any other seasoning you desire.
- Put the lid on and close the seal of the instant pot.
- Click manual and set the time to 180 minutes
- Once done, let it naturally release and strain into mason jars.
You can also do this on the stove top. It will take a lot longer and you will have to monitor it every few hours. You can bring it to a boil on the stove top and then put it on low simmer for 6-12 hours. You can go up to 24 hours if you would like to.
We have also done 120 minutes with our carcasses and it still came out great, we chose 180 minutes for this one since we had 7 carcasses in our instantpot.
I hope you enjoy this rabbit bone broth recipe and all of the health benefits of it! What kind of bone broth do you usually make at home? Let me know in the comments below!