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Freezing broth in Mason jars

by 1100 · July 18, 2013 at 03:27 PM

I want to freeze my bone broth, but I prefer glass to plastic. Is it safe to freeze in wide mouthed canning jars if you leave headroom? Or should I just keep the broth in the refrigerator and keep reboiling it on top of the stove every few days. Will I lose nutrients that way?

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5619 · June 18, 2011 at 12:30 AM

I always freeze my bone broth in Ball wide mouth jars. Leave a couple inches of room at the top for expansion and it should be fine.

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3621 · June 18, 2011 at 12:41 AM

I've heard of people freezing the broth in ice-cube trays and then putting the cubes into freezer bags for storage. I suppose instead of bags, you could use jars for storage to avoid plastic/waste entirely. I like the idea of the cubes so you can just thaw what you need.

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11071 · June 18, 2011 at 02:19 AM

I had a jar with broth explode in my freezer once...I learned since that not only leaving plenty of room for expansion, but also leaving the lid off until it's completely frozen is the way to go.

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10878 · June 18, 2011 at 12:57 AM

Yup that's how I freeze my broth. I break it up in to 2 cup or 1 cup jars so I have recipe size amounts. It takes up a lot of space but I have a lot more room in my freezer since we threw out all the frozen corn/peas and eggos. ;-) hehe

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2733 · June 18, 2011 at 03:55 AM

Invest in a pressure canner. Cook at 140 degrees for 45 minutes and your bone broth is safe for years. With no risk of ruining if the power is out. 45 minutes for 7 quarts of NO REFRIGERATION NEEDED FOOD.

You can do the same thing with all of your meats and green veggies. Just put them in the jars raw (according to ball blue book directions...a cheap useful book) and can them...they'll last years without spoiling.

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5105 · June 18, 2011 at 02:50 AM

I use Glasslock containers.... these kind of tempered glass containers are freezer safe and I haven't had an issue freezing stock in them.

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905 · July 18, 2013 at 03:27 PM

Consider silicone, in my opinion it's safer than plastic plus its not under high heat so its pretty safe if you ask me. I do my broth, pour it into silicone cup cake moulds,freeze it & then peel them off & put all the frozen broth cakes into a foil tray to use as required.

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24343 · June 18, 2011 at 04:04 AM

I am scared of exploding jars. So instead I use Pyrex freezer-safe glassware.

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2817 · June 18, 2011 at 12:59 AM

I just bought a tray of Ball wide-mouth 16 oz jars that has a chart on the side. According to it, 16 oz wide mouth jars are freezer safe but the larger sizes (32 and 64 oz) are not. I'm not sure why...

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0 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

i froze my bone broth immediately after making it but have found white spots on them. are these bacteria colonies? is my bone broth toast or can i just reboil it before using?

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3224 · July 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I've broken jars in the past that way, but reading the other comments makes me wonder if they were older (non-freezer safe) jars. I haven't broken one in a few years, and like everyone else, I leave a LOT of head-room!

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0 · July 18, 2013 at 02:56 AM

Hey broth brains,

I'm wondering whether it would be safe to freeze, thaw, then REfreeze and REthaw bone broth?

I'm an anything-meat-related novice.

Thanks!

Katharine

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358 · June 18, 2011 at 01:05 AM

I, by mistake, bought the ones that aren't freezer safe. I never tried freezing my broth in them. Instead, I just use glass containers that I purchased.

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