Epic Bone Broth Fail

I’m not on a health kick, I don’t care what you say. I have been on a JOURNEY to figure out what healthy living means for me. Some days it’s really easy, some days it’s really hard. Some days I have chronic pain, some daysI feel awesome. It’s all a balancing act and every day looks a little different.


So, when I decided to try to make my own bone broth, my husband wasn’t totally surprised. I had read that it was really good for inflammation along with a multitude of other things. People would say that is was “SOOO EASY” to make and that they would make it by the gallons and save it to sip on through out the week or month or whatever. So I thought, how hard can this be?? Everyone seems to like it, and I like broth as much as the next person. Plus, I am always excited to try something new that will help with my chronic joint pain.

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So I searched Pinterest, found a recipe that looked easy enough, collected all my supplies, got everything in the crockpot, let it simmer for a while when……….

It kinda started to smell like fish.


Jason was like, “OH MY GAWWWW WHAT IS THAT?” And I was like,

It’s bone broth.

Bone broth??!!

Yes, bone broth.

That smells like fish?? Why does it smell like fish?

I seriously didn’t know. I tried to say that it didn’t smell like fish, but there was no lying- it DID. What on EARTH did I do wrong you guys?? I let it simmer for over 10 hours in the crockpot. Once it was done I removed the bones, strained it all, and went to try it.

I legitimately almost couldn’t get past the smell.

But I tasted it and it actually wasn’t that bad. It slightly reminded me of the episode of Friends when Ross almost tries the glass of fat, but I digress. It didn’t taste bad. But it smelled so gross. I had to discard all of it because I couldn’t finish a cup of it, let alone the thought of storing it in my fridge to reheat up again and again.

What did I do wrong?? And is there a place that I CAN get pre made bone broth ready to drink, non-canned, that will help with my inflammation?

Funny story, yes. Waste of my time? Yes. Will I try making this again? NO. I’m not the best in the kitchen, but I’m definitely not the worst. And crockpots are my jam so there’s no way this should have smelled so gross. I thought it was going to smell like freaking THANKSGIVING.

Fish. It smelled like fish.

Any comments to help a sister out? And easy to die for good bone broth recipes? Please comment below and point me in the right direction.


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I’m the owner and editor of Stellar Day Blog! I started blogging back in 2009 right after I had my first son and I often say that blogging saved my life. I didn’t realize I had so much I wanted and needed to say, and blogging gave me a creative outlet to do it. It turned from figuring out how to be a mom into wanting to encourage and inspire others in a lot of avenues that inspire ME daily. I love Jesus, people, coffee, starting businesses and encouraging others to succeed. I’m the owner and CEO of Jay & Jess Photography, which I own with my husband. We live in Scottsdale, AZ and don’t plan to leave anytime soon UNLESS we have the chance to move to the mountains. Just kidding. Not really. Sort of. I love to travel, get coffee with friends, take rad photos and build relationships with our clients. After all is said and done, it’s my goal with this blog to lift your spirits a little, and for you to leave a little happier than when you came. Because everyone knows that we could all use a little more happy in our days. I’m just a girl who’s inspired by life, people, details, words, art, love and who seeks any opportunity possible to spark a little inspiration into others. So I hope you find just that!

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3 Responses

    • Jessica

      hahaha Right?? We were totally like that. Just confused and grossed out hahaha!! Thank you for the new link!! I’ll keep it in mind if I want to try it again! lol

  1. L. Hill

    Making bone broth is easy and I don’t know why yours smelled like fish. Maybe there was a problem with the bones? I too have joint pain and the doctors could not explain it for 3 years. I’ve been on autoimmune paleo with occasional cheating for 5 weeks and saw a dramatic difference. I found egg whites, decaf coffee and sugar cause inflammation for me. For chicken bone broth, I washed and put the entire chicken in the crock pot, cover with water, add three cloves of garlic, 2 TBS of apple cider vinegar, and set it on low in the crock pot to cook over night. Total time is usually 12 to 15 hours. Then I put the cooled broth in the fridge. Once cold, I skim the fat and strain for the broth to cook with root vegetables later. For beef bone broth, I do the exact same thing. I get the beef bones and chicken from Whole Foods, and the beef bone broth is much more gelatiny than the chicken because I’d need more bones for the chicken. You can ask where to get it at the meat counter, but they are expensive. I notice when I drink the hot broth with veggies, my stomach is soothed, and I am now healed enough that if I were to eat a slice of bread, I don’t get a stomach ache. Anyway, the broth I am making doesn’t smell except like chicken soup, like beef soup, etc. If I put too much garlic, it’ll smell like garlic, but the taste is really good. By the way the Pacific Chicken Bone Broth tastes like shoe leather, but sometimes I add it to the chicken bone broth I’m making to get extra gelatin in. The result is very good. I taught a coworker to do that and she said she’s never had any chicken soup that good. Of course I learned it from many different online sources and I tried it many different ways to find out what works for me. Good luck making the bone broth.


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