I’ve received a ton of questions from my readers about the Bone Broth Acne Cure, both in the comments sections and via the Contact Me form. I’ve also started receiving questions through my Facebook page. All three are great ways to reach me if you happen to have a question too!
I’m always happy to help, but because I get a lot of repeat questions, I thought it might be useful to compile the most common questions into an FAQ page. As other questions come up, I’ll continue to add to this list.
Also, guess what! I started a YouTube Station dedicated to answering your questions about the Bone Broth Acne Cure! Woo!
Here’s the first video that explains how it will work. Click this link to subscribe to the channel and never miss an episode! They drop every Thursday at 2pm PST, but since more questions are coming, I might start doing two a week soon. If you have a burning question, never hesitate to ask! It might just end up getting answered on my YouTube station!
Don’t want to make your own broth? Check this out:
Questions about the Bone Broth Acne Cure
How do you make your bone broth?
I use this recipe.
Why isn’t my bone broth getting thick like jello?
You probably didn’t let it reduce enough when you were cooking it (or you left the pot covered the whole time). When you make your broth, you want to leave it uncovered and allow it to reduce down a few inches (depending on the size of your pot). Once it’s refrigerated, it should look like chicken jello. If you’ve cooked it between 8 and 24 hours, and you’ve left the pot covered or added water, all the good stuff is in there, it just won’t gel and will be slightly diluted. That’s ok too.
I’m losing too much liquid when I leave the top off. Can I add more water in?
Yes, it’s ok to add more water. The final product might not gel, but that’s ok as long as you’ve cooked your broth for at least 8 hours — the longer the better. It might be that you started with too small a pot to begin with. I usually use a pretty big stock pot and let the liquid cook down 3 to 4 inches. If you’re using a small pot, that could be ALL your liquid! You might consider covering it to prevent as much water loss if you don’t want to make a bigger batch.
There’s a layer of fat on my broth. what do I do with it?
You can scrape it off and a) give it to your pet, b) save it and cook with it, or c) just toss it. If you don’t scrape it off, you’ll have a bit of an oil slick in your coffee mug when you drink it each morning. Not ideal, but not disastrous if you’re using organic or pasture chickens. If you’re using conventional, do not consume it. The fat is where all the toxins are stored in animals (and in people).
Do you reheat the broth before you drink it?
YES!! Unless you want to scoop chicken jello into your mouth with a spoon, heat it up before you drink it, and enjoy a nice warm mug of rich nutritious broth.
Do you use a microwave to reheat your broth? Aren’t microwaves bad?
Yes I use a microwave, but if you’re anti-microwave feel free to heat it on the stove. There’s no evidence that using a microwave is bad for you. I am not interested in arguing this point with anyone, so if you prefer a stove top, knock yourself out. Just enjoy your morning broth. 🙂
What if I can’t find organic bones for broth?
If I can’t find organic bones, I use conventional so that I can stay on top of my regimen. It’s not ideal to use conventional, but something is better than nothing. That’s my opinion. My solution to this is to buy the largest quantities of organic chicken feet possible. When I find them, I just freeze them till I’m ready to make my next batch. I’m always on the lookout for organic chicken feet or backs when I’m at the store just in case.
How big is your pot for bone broth?
It’s about a 3 gallon pot I think. (It’s giant)
How many jars of broth does a batch usually get you?
I usually get 10 to 12 jars of broth per batch.
My jars broke in the freezer. What happened?
You didn’t leave enough room at the top of your jar for the liquid to expand as it froze. I’ve done this too, so don’t feel silly. Next time, leave at least an inch of room at the top of the jar before you freeze it, and if you can leave the tops off until everything is frozen, that’s a good strategy too. Also, I’ve found that the giant jars break more often.
How big are the jars you use?
I use multiple sizes, but they’re all in the 4 cup-ish range. I have apple sauce jars, raw sauer kraut jars, and I’ve also bought these tall mason jars (affiliate link). Here’s a picture of a batch of broth:
How much apple cider vinegar do you put in your bone broth?
I use about 1/4 cup in what I think is a 3 gallon stock pot.
Where do you get your bones for broth?
I save bones from the bone-in meat we eat throughout the month, and I also buy chicken feet to make up the difference when I’m ready to make a big batch of broth.
How many bones do you use?
I use 3 to 4 lbs of bones for my giant 3 gallon pot (plus all my veggie scraps and even more veggies to add flavor — carrots, onions, garlic, celery, herbs)
Can I just use a whole raw chicken?
YES, I do that regularly. I will use the bones I have in the freezer + a whole raw chicken (or two), and I’ll take the chicken out at around hour 6 or so (once it’s cooked through but not cooked to death), and then I pull the meat off and eat it all week — I make chicken salad, chicken tacos, or whatever other fun dish I want. Because I always make A LOT of broth at a time, the bones from just one chicken wouldn’t cut it for me, but in a medium to large crock pot, it could be enough to get the gelatin you want.
Why do you need to let the bones sit in the apple cider vinegar?
It promotes the breakdown of the bones more quickly and thoroughly so you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
Can I use lemon juice instead of apple cider vinegar?
Yes you can! You can also use raw whey if you have it from cultured raw milk or kefir.
Do you still drink bone broth every day?
These days I drink it closer to 4 or 5 days a week. Sometimes I can’t get to making a new batch before I run out, but I try not to go longer than 2 weeks without it. I have found that at the three-week mark, I start to see some backsliding on my skin.
How long will it take for my acne to clear up?
For me, it took just two weeks of drinking bone broth every day. However, how long it takes for you will depend on the rest of your diet and lifestyle. I was already eating very clean, and I sleep well in general. Food, sleep, and stress are all factors in gut (and therefore skin) health.
What do you do if you have a breakout?
I don’t really have full-on “breakouts” anymore, but I do get a few inflamed pimples from time to time. Now that the majority of my skin issues are under control, benzoyl peroxide actually works on an occasional blemish. That was never the case before I started drinking bone broth.
Will bone broth clear up my other skin problems? (eczema, psoriasis, etc?)
I don’t have any personal experience with those other skin conditions, but my post on the connection between gut health and skin health will encourage you to try it out and see if it helps!