Bone Broth: A nourishing food that might be missing from your diet

27 Nov

Until I knew of the benefits of including homemade bone broth in our meals, I was guilty of buying that powdered stuff and the bouillon cubes. To me, broth was just used to add liquid and salty flavor to soups, sauces, and our other cooking endeavors. It wasn’t until I was educated on the health benefits of consuming real bone broth that I switched for good. Also, it’s safe to say that bone broth is one of the cheapest superfoods. You can make at home in your crockpot, virtually with kitchen scraps and some water. Bonus.

Bone broth…

  • Is great for maintaining healthy joints
  • Is high in calcium and other minerals to strengthen your teeth and bones
  • Provides support to the adrenal glands
  • Aids in digestion

Read these great articles about the health benefits of bone broth from Nourished Kitchen, Weston A. Price, and Whole9Life.

Eat bone broth everyday by…

  • Incorporating it into soups
  • Drinking it like a hot tea
  • Making gravy to use with meat or veggies
  • Cooking your grains with it

How do you make your own bone broth?

Easy.

Ingredients

The carcass of a pasture raised turkey or chicken (including the feet if you can get your hands on them. It’s the most gelatinous part of the animal. Gelatin=Superfood)

2 carrots, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, cut in half

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (to help release the minerals in the bone marrow)

2 bay leafs

2 stalks of celery, chopped

Place the carcass of your chicken or turkey into the crockpot. Cover with the remaining ingredients and fill the rest of the crockpot with water. Cover and set on low for 12 hours. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and allow to cool.

It is best to store this in glass containers, but we use BPA free plastic so they stack nicely in our chest freezer when we aren’t going to use the broth immediately.

Look at how gelatinous this broth became after it was cooled with my chicken tortilla soup ingredients. This is the good stuff your body has been looking for!

Your homemade broth will not come out as salty as what you might be used to from store-bought broth. I would recommend adding salt to whatever final product you use the broth for, instead of adding it immediately. If you are someone who drinks broth, you may not want to taste the added salt, but I definitely add salt when I use this broth in soups and stews.

What is your favorite way of getting broth in your diet?

This post and recipe was shared on Fat Tuesday, Foodie FridayWhole Foods Wednesdays, Real Food Wednesday, and Keep It Real Thursday.



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