Ingredients and Materials:
Source of Collagen:
Chicken or meat bones, fish scales, or skin (about 2-3 pounds)
If using bones, you can use leftovers from a roast or select bones with connective tissues
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or any other vinegar
Enough to cover the bones or collagen source
Slow cooker (optional)
Strainer or Cheesecloth:
To strain the liquid
Airtight container for storing the collagen powder
1. Prepare the Collagen Source:
If using bones, roast them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350°F (180°C). This helps enhance the flavor of the collagen.
If using fish scales or skin, ensure they are clean and free of scales.
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2. Combine Ingredients:
Place the collagen source in a large stockpot or slow cooker.
Add enough water to cover the bones or collagen source.
Pour in 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Vinegar helps extract minerals from the bones.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
Allow it to simmer for at least 4-6 hours. Longer simmering times can extract more collagen.
4. Skim the Surface:
While simmering, periodically skim off any foam or impurities that rise to the surface.
Once the broth has simmered and is rich in collagen, strain the liquid to remove the bones or collagen source.
Use a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to ensure a clear liquid.
6. Cool and Refrigerate:
Let the liquid cool to room temperature.
Refrigerate the liquid overnight. As it cools, it will turn into a gelatinous consistency.
7. Remove Fat:
The next day, remove any solidified fat that has risen to the top.
8. Dehydrate or Air Dry:
Pour the collagen-rich liquid onto a dehydrator tray or a baking sheet if using an oven.
Dehydrate at a low temperature (around 140°F or 60°C) until it forms a dry, brittle sheet.
9. Grind into Powder:
Once dehydrated, break the collagen sheet into smaller pieces.
Grind the pieces into a fine powder using a blender or coffee grinder.
Store your homemade collagen powder in an airtight container away from moisture. Try and out and let us know how it worked for you in the comment section below.