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How To Make Super Easy Rabbit Stock

Homemade rabbit stock is super easy to make!  Making it is a great way to utilize each animal fully and let no part of it go to waste.  You can also increase the nutritional value of the foods you prepare with the  rabbit stock.  We like to use it to cook rice and sauces, as well as the more typical soups.  Rabbit makes a great meat stock or bone broth depending on what your final plans for the meat are.

Homemade rabbit stock is an easy and delicious way to use your homegrown meat for soups, sauces, and stews. Here's how to make super easy rabbit stock.

Rabbit stock is so easy to make!

  1. Place your skinned and cleaned rabbit into a crock pot or large stock pot.
  2. Add vegetables or herbs you have on hand.  This is totally optional; it will still be good without anything extra!  Some good choices include a quartered onion, peeled garlic cloves, carrots, dried chilies, bay leaves, thyme, winter savory, salt or pepper.
  3. Cover all ingredients with water
  4. Simmer until all meat is cooked.  This should take a couple hours on the stove on low or four hours in the crockpot on high (this is the crockpot I use).
  5. Remove the meat from the bones and pour the rabbit broth into jars.  I usually feed my chickens any softened vegetables.
  6. Return the cleaned bones back to the pot.  Rabbit bones make awesome bone broth!
  7. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar to help pull minerals out of the bones.
  8. Fill pot with water.
  9. Simmer for twenty four hours.  Pour the rabbit stock into jars.  If your bones are still hard fill your pot with water again and make another batch.  Once the bones are soft, feed them to the chickens.

What to do with rabbit stock

After you pull the meat off the bones it can be used in any recipe calling for cooked chicken.  Once the stock is finished you can use it in a range of recipes!  Use rabbit stock instead of water when cooking rice, potatoes, beans, or lentils.  You can make stock based gravies with just a bit of butter and flour.  Nourishing Traditions has my favorite recipe for gravy.  Rabbit stock is an excellent base for soups and stews, such as perhaps a homemade tomato soup with fresh tomatoes, or creamy potato chowder from the potato patch.  Once you know how to make a light roux you can sub rabbit stock for any recipe calling for a can of cream of something soup.  It takes a few extra minutes, but the flavor will be better, and the ingredients list shorter.  Plus, you can’t grow your own soup cans. 😉

What’s your favorite way to use rabbit stock?  Share in the comments below!

Raising your own rabbits for meat can be a little unconventional, but the amount of food you can produce from your own backyard is phenomenal.  By learning how to make an easy homemade rabbit stock you increase the range of foods that you can make from homegrown foods, as well as utilize as much of your rabbits as possible.

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Saturday 2nd of December 2023

I had saved what was left of 4 rabbits after removing legs and backstraps. Today I processed this into stock and shredded meat. It’s good. Not sure what I will make with it.


Monday 4th of December 2023

Tasty! Just about any recipe using poultry works well with rabbit.

Ewan Shearer

Saturday 20th of March 2021

As with all broths the real trick is.... Never Ever cover it completely... This will give you an amazingly clear broth right from the start. Clarify again if you want to but I just strain through muslin and rest. A few bits right in the bottom but the to is crystal clear. Bring veg and meat/carcass and herbs/spices super slowly to the boil and barely simmer for however long. I do rabbits for 2hrs once it's at a near boil. Leave and then shred off the meat. Discard the veggies and aromatics at this stage then put all the bones back in with some cider vinegar and bubble for 24hrs. Don't cover - just put a soon in to stop the lid closing. Delicious. And like a medicine it's so good for you.


Saturday 20th of March 2021

Thanks for the tips!

Ewan Shearer

Saturday 20th of March 2021

Rabbit Phô.... Special

Bonnie Newson

Friday 23rd of March 2018

Can you add the liver, kidneys and heart to the broth ingredients?


Friday 23rd of March 2018

Yup! You can add organ meats into the broth and it will up the nutrients. It may also affect the flavor, so you may want to try it both ways and see which you prefer.

Katy SkipTheBag

Monday 12th of December 2016

I wouldn't have thought to make rabbit stock, although to be honest, we don't have a lot of rabbit around here. I bet it tastes great though! Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

Kathryn @ Farming My Backyard

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

Well if you ever happen to have it, now you know what to do. :)

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