Bone broth vs. Stock

Eating is a sacred experience; it connects us to the earth and its natural resources.

For thousands of years, traditional cultures have discovered ways to consume entire animals that were diligently hunted and prepared. Bones and cartilage in today’s era might be seen as waste, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

Bones and cartilage are key ingredients in bone broths and stock, and they are a reservoir of nutrients and substance. By tossing out these animal parts, you discard some of the most healthful parts of your meat.

Broth and stock are both nutritious ways to glean health from nature’s bounty. Understanding the difference between bone broth and stock can help you unlock their benefits.

What is stock?

Many people don’t realize that bone broth and stock aren’t interchangeable terms.

Stock is technically “water extract” that comes from simmering animal bones in water — sometimes with additions such as vegetables and herbs. After processing, stock becomes the base of many soups, stews, and grains. Stock might also be used to enhance various sauces and braised meats and vegetables.

What is the difference between stock and bone broth?

When it comes to savory liquids for cooking, there are three distinct but similar options frequently used today:

Traditional broth — made from meat and other soft connective tissues, occasionally bones Stock — made from bones, sometimes scraps of meat and vegetables, no seasoning Bone broth — made entirely from bones, often herbs and apple cider vinegar are added

The difference is found not only in the ingredients but the cooking time as well.

Bone broth and stock are most similar to each other, but stock is cooked on the stove for typically between two and six hours. Bone broth has the longest cooking time of all three liquids, usually simmering anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, or longer.

Because of this, bone broth will develop a thicker texture than stock, thanks to collagen releasing from the bones and forming a gelatin. This collagen provides bone broth consumers with an abundance of health benefits — from bone strength to digestive health.

This variance between liquids can be confusing, but bone broth and stock can be substituted for each other in most recipes. Bone broth generally has a richer flavour profile though, so keep in mind that if your stock is store bought, it may be heavily salted for added flavour. That’s why Broya’s broths are crafted with highly curated blends of seasonings and spices, so you can get the vital nutrients your body needs along with delicious flavours you’ll enjoy drinking.

Bone broth can be used in any recipe, but it’s also good for simply sipping!

Chicken stock vs. Chicken broth

We know consuming animal joints and tendons are good for the health of your own joints; this especially applies to chicken. Chicken meat promotes healthy skin, too!

“Tastes like chicken” isn’t just a catchphrase — it’s an accurate description of working with this meat. Chicken has a very versatile taste and will often take on whatever flavour you throw at it. In general, chicken meat will typically be juicier and have higher amounts of electrolytes than beef.

When comparing chicken stock to chicken bone broth, texture differences aren’t the only contrast. The ingredients and cooking process mean that chicken broth is rich with minerals and essential fatty acids that benefit your body’s joints, muscles, bones and digestive system.

Beef stock vs. Beef broth

Unlike chicken, beef has a unique and bold taste.

You’ve likely heard many terms when it comes to cooking with beef flavour. Beef base, stock, broth, bone broth, and bouillon all use bovine as a base ingredient.

Beef stock is not unlike other stock in that it’s created from cow bones. Beef (soup) base is a form of highly concentrated stock. Beef broth is also derived from the bones, but includes meat and other seasonings. And bouillon is simply concentrated beef broth.

Like chicken bone broth, beef bone broth is packed with vitamins and minerals that provide many health benefits like gut health and bone/joint health. Beef has also been linked to better sleep and improved mood.

Cooking with Broya bone broths

Broya produces bone broths because we want you to have as many health benefits and nutrients as possible. At Broya, we pride ourselves on sourcing the finest ingredients in our bone broths. Whether you’re drinking or cooking, our products come from happy animals, on thriving lands, cared for by sustainable farming. You can feel good about where our broths came from and what they can do for your body’s health.