How to Make Ham Stock | Instant Pot

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Use your leftover ham bone to create a healthy bone broth (stock) to use for many more recipes.

Use your leftover ham bone to create a healthy bone broth (stock) to use for many more recipes.

To make Ham Stock you will need:

  • ham bone
  • carrots
  • celery
  • onion
  • water
  • Instant Pot
  • colander
  • freezer containers

Most years when the holiday season rolls around, I find myself making a Baked Ham. I always save the bone though because, even after you have removed nearly every bit of the meat that you can, there is still some more great goodness to be had.

I love to save money and stretch a meal into making more meals than it might have.

You can use ham stock when making soups. It would be wonderful in a vegetable or potato soup, or replacing some of the liquid in a pot of beans.

When you have finished with your ham, take the bone and place it in your Instant Pot. Add in some carrots, celery, onion, and water. I do not add any salt or other seasonings, because I prefer to do that when I am actually using the broth in another recipe.

ham bone and ingredients in an instant pot

After making the stock, the liquid is strained and chilled for several hours or overnight so that the fat can be removed. This is an important step, even if you are not eating a reduced fat diet.

If fat is left in the stock, it can alter the flavor and cause it to go rancid. You don’t want the wonderful flavor of your stock to be harmed in any way.

skimming fat from broth

This recipe makes about 4 quarts of ham stock. I freeze mine in freezer containers.

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Homemade Ham Stock (Instant Pot Recipe)

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Making your own Ham Stock is a great way to use your left over ham bone, and stretch your dollar.
4.61 from 33 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 16 hours 2 minutes
Course The Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 22 kcal


  • 1 ham bone, leftover from a meal, with as much meat removed as possible
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved or quartered
  • water


  • Place your ham bone, carrots, celery, and onion in the Instant Pot.
  • Fill with water up to the "Full" line.
  • Close and seal your Instant Pot.
  • Using the manual setting, adjust the controls to run for 240 minutes (4 hours) on low pressure.
  • Once the cycle has completed, repeat it and have it run another 4 hours.
  • When the stock has finished cooking, turn off the Instant Pot and let the ham stock cool to room temperature.
  • Strain the liquid and discard the solids.
  • Place the liquid in a container cover with foil or a lid and place in the refrigerator to chill for several hours or overnight. (I simply wipe out the IP insert and use it)
  • Skim the fat from the top of the chilled broth.
  • Freeze the stock in portions for future use, or use as you wish.


Serving: 1cCalories: 22kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 3gFat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 63mg

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Note: I no longer eat pork, however I am leaving recipes like this one up for those who enjoy it. Many pork recipes can be easily converted to turkey or chicken recipes, with little or even no other changes. Recipes with bacon or sausage can use alternatives like beef or turkey bacon. Many of those recipes are being updated with the changes. Article: Why I Quit Eating Pork

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