I used to make stock on the stovetop with a huge pot that simmered for about 4-5 hours. I started off with six quarts of water and would only end up with about 3 quarts of stock.
It took me a long time to try making stock in the slow cooker. I think a part of me was afraid that it wouldn’t turn out right but friends, I was wrong. Oh so very wrong.
The first time I made stock using the slow cooker was last Thanksgiving and I will not be going back to the old method at all.
I don’t have a pressure cooker or an Instapot so for me, the slow cooker is the best method for getting the most flavorful and rich stock.
Using my basic recipe for broth:
Bones + Veggies + Salt + Apple Cider Vinegar + Crapton of Water
I add all these things to my slow cooker and I fill the slow cooker all the way to the tippy top with water. Put it on high and forget about it. Once the liquid inside reaches a nice simmer (which takes about 6 hours), I turn the temperature to low and let that baby go for 24+ hours.
Yes, 24+ hours.
The house smells amazing and I end up with the best stock I’ve ever made. When I get up in the mornings I’ll top off the slow cooker with more water to bring the level back up to the tippy top and give it at least another 6 hours.
I strain everything out and portion out the stock. Typically I end up with about 5+ quarts of stock. Chicken is my favorite but I’ve done this with beef and pork as well.
In fact, I just picked up some pork neck bones with my local hog share and I cannot wait to make some amazing stock out of that. Pho in da house for daaayyyyzzz!
Some folks who use or drink stock on a daily basis will keep the slow cooker going for a week, topping off the water to replace what they remove. I may try that if we get to a point where we are drinking stock on the regular but for now 24+ hours is perfect.
The best part (aside from the result!) is that making stock in the slow cooker means the house doesn’t steam up and I can move on to other things without having to babysit a big pot on the stove.
Now go make yourself slow cooker stock!