Bone broth is no new trend. It has been cooked and eaten for centuries. The medicinal properties are great. Learn why making bone broth is good for you!
I am commonly referred to as a human trash can. I am notorious for eating just about everything. Correction. I do eat everything.
Despite this, I still had difficulty coming to terms bone broth. Not because of its taste. It was because of the name. Something comprised with bones typically doesn’t sound all that good, right? Wrong.
Broth made using animal bones is actually great. And, making bone broth is so easy to do. It’s not much different from regular broths or stock.
The key difference is that you simmer the broth with bones. And, it’s done over a relatively long period of time (over 24 hours on average).
Bone broths are superior to other broths and stocks. The reason being is they are nutrient dense and full of minerals.
Simmering over a long period of time allows the nutritious aspects of the bones to seep out. Therefore, if you have the time, it’s best to make bone broth in a slow cooker crock pot.
Are you still wondering why bone broths should be consumed? Broth made by slow cooking with bones is very rich in electrolytes. And, it’s high in essential minerals as well as proteins.
One protein, glycine, plays a significant role in bodily health. Glycine is important for detoxifying the body. It is also important for producing hemoglobin.
Broths made by slow cooking bones are also rich in gelatin. Gelatin is important for skin health. It also helps the body during its digestions processes. You can learn more about the health benefits of gelatin here.
Why else should you acquire your own stock of bone broth? The answer is simple. They are extremely inexpensive to make! Bones are typically under 2$ a pound. The rest of the ingredients are also relatively inexpensive.
How is the magical food produced? Is making bone broth difficult? The general principle is not bad. The recipe is going to be up to you and your personal preference.
I have always been a fan of chicken soup. Consequently, I usually make my bone broth with just leftover chicken scraps.
It does not have to be chicken though. Follow whatever your preference is. You can also make a broth from leftover fish bones.
As you can see from the recipe, making bone broth is super easy and inexpensive to make! Incorporate this into your meals to start living healthier!
Making Bone Broth from Scratch
- 4 beef bones
- leftover skin and bones from 1 full chicken
- 1 medium onion roughly chopped
- 1-2 cups vegetable scraps carrots, celery, etc
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon of peppercorns
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoons fresh herb leaves rosemary, thyme
- 4-6 quarts filtered water to cover
Add all ingredients to a large heavy duty stock pot.
Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
Once boiling, simmer for 4-6 hours. Skim off any foam or scum that surfaces.
Remove from heat and strain the broth through a fine mesh screen.
Strain into storage containers of your choice. Refrigerate and cool.
- For a darker broth, the beef bones can be roasted first at 375°F for 30-60 minutes depending on size.
- Slow cooking your bone both in a slow cooker can pull out more nutrients. Simply cook on high for an hour, then let it cook on low for 1 to 3 days.