Bone broth is so rich and flavorful it can make or break a soup or stew recipe. It tastes so good and it’s good for you as it literally boosts every party of your body.
What is Bone Broth?
When I was first learning to cook (oh so many years ago with my Mom by my side), one of the first recipes I learned was vegetable soup. It was so easy. I’d add broth, veggies, herbs and there it was: delicious and nutritious. Yet, years later as an adult, when I made the recipe on my own, it just wasn’t the same. It tasted watered down and flavorless. What was I missing?
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My expert (my Mom) told me that I hadn’t used a good bone broth. Aha! She said I needed a broth made from slow cooking just the bones and joint pieces of an animal with a few fresh herbs, onions and garlic. After the lesson on bone broth my soups never disappointed. Now, after cooking with bone broth all of these years, I’ve found out that there is more to bone broth than the taste.
Bone Broth- A Treasure of Essential Nutrients
Bone broth is packed with over 19 easy-to-absorb, essential and non-essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), collagen/gelatin, which helps form connective tissue, nutrients that support digestive functions, immunity and brain health.
It literally boosts every part of your body, from your gut to your brain, from your muscles to your ligaments. It’s also low in calories, yet very high in minerals and other compounds that many people need. Locked away inside that hard shell is a treasure of essential nutrients – anti-inflammatory and gut-healing proteins, healthy fats, and a wealth of minerals just waiting to be used. Plus, it’s easy to make!
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How To Make Homemade Bone Broth
Ingredients & Tools
Bones (beef, turkey or chicken)
1 Large Stock Pot
1 large baking dish
1 small onion, chopped
1-4 cloves garlic, diced
Black pepper & salt, to taste
Optional: fresh thyme and rosemary with your favorite chopped vegetables.
1. Gather the bones. I suggest, beef, turkey or chicken bones leftover from a recent stew or soup you made. You can also ask for bones from your local farmer or rancher. I recommend using the bones of grass-fed or pasture-raised animals. Any kind of bones will do especially necks, backs, knuckles, or tails, but any of the larger bones are good.
2. Throw the bones all in a pot and cover with water. Then, turn the heat on high and boil for 20 minutes.
3. Pour off the water, getting rid of the blood and bits that might give your broth a bitterness.
4. Spread the bones in a baking dish and slide them into the oven with the temperature set at 450° till they are dark brown and crispy. A quick 15 minutes won’t do, take them out when you think they are almost “too done.”
5. Boil the bones, but don’t waste the crisped brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Loosen them with a little water and a metal spatula and add those to your stockpot. This adds flavor to the finished broth.
6. Take your largest stock pot and add just enough water to cover the bones. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, and cover. Adding too much liquid will make it taste watered down so just barely cover the bones and keep the lid on it while simmering. Also add a few choice aromatics, like onions, garlic, and black pepper. A good bone broth doesn’t need much more, because the bones used are thick and hardy, so they have a lot of flavor to offer up. Let it simmer a while, anywhere from 6-12 hours, depending on how much time you have.
7. When you are done simmering, strain out all the bones and bits and cool the broth as quickly as you can. I set the pot of broth in a sink of ice water till it’s cool. This keeps the broth fresh longer. Once it’s cool, refrigerate immediately or freeze for later use. It’s oh so yummy!
There you have it. Bone broth tastes amazing as a base for soups or stews (you’ll never be tempted to buy grocery-store broth again), but it’s also really good just to sip on rainy days or when feeling under the weather. If you are in the mood for a heart warming bowl of soup, just add whatever vegetables you have to the broth with a little rosemary and thyme and simmer till the vegetables are done. Salt to taste and take a taste of old fashioned comfort food. Make some for yourself and see, you will love it!
Kim is a natural health enthusiast, herbalist and avid organic gardener who has completed two programs in herbology. As the co-creator of TheHolisticates.com, she shares insights, wisdom and recipes from her journey toward wholeness to inspire and empower others to live a holistic and balanced life. Connect with Kim on Facebook.
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