Bone broth is one of the healthiest foods we can consume. If made properly, it will be rich in minerals like calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Bone broth is also a great source of gelatin.
When I first began to delve into traditional foods gelatin and organ meats where the two foods I had the hardest time consuming (I still struggle when it comes to eating liver). After learning of the health benefits of gelatin I started adding it to my diet. I now consume copious amounts of gelatin from bone broth and powdered gelatin. Gelatin is wonderful for the joints, it is anti-inflammatory and reduces cellulite and wrinkles!
Bone broth is fairly easy to make. For convenience, I like to make broth in my crock pot. If you are following the GAPS diet I highly suggest you follow Jenny at Nourished Kitchens recipe for perpetual broth. I made perpetual broth throughout my pregnancy with my son. It was the easiest way to consume several cups a broth a day as recommended by The Weston A. Price Foundation.
How to make nutrient dense bone broth
I usually roast a chicken in my crock pot once a week. I remove all the meat which we use for dinners or for making nourishing chicken nuggets. I save all the bones and juices from the roasted chicken to make my broth.Step 1. I fill my crock pot with chicken bones, carrots, onions, celery, sea salt, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and filtered water. I let the bones soak in the vinegar/water mix for 30 minutes to an hour. If I skip this step I usually don’t end up with a gelatinous broth. The vinegar works to leach the minerals from the bones, which makes the broth more nutritious. Step 2. Turn the crock pot on low and allow broth to simmer for 3-24 hours. I’ve noticed that my best broths have been made from truly pasture raised hens. When I cannot afford pasture raised hens I purchase organic chicken from the health food store for making broth. Homemade bone broth is much more nutritious than store bought broth!
Storing BrothI usually store all my broth in my refrigerator. Our family of four uses it up before the week is over. If you are not going to use all your broth within a week you will want to freeze it. I really like to use ice cube trays to freeze extra broth. This way you always have small portions of broth on had for when you need it.
Using Bone BrothUse your homemade broth in place of store bought broth in your recipes. Drinking a small cup of broth with meals will help with digestion, particularly if your eating lean meats. I was a vegetarian for some time and when I began to introduce meats back into my diet I had a very difficult time digesting them. After doing some research I learned that lean meat isn’t the easiest food to digest. Drinking broth with meat meals helps with digestion. Use bone broth for cooking grains and legumes too. If you are on a tight budget consume broth on days you are unable to eat meat. Sally Fallon states in Nourishing Traditions that, “Animal fats and gelatin-rich bone broths both spare protein, which means that meat goes a lot further when eating in a broth or combined with animal fat. Individuals who must restrict protein consumption for budgetary reasons should include liberal amounts of good quality animal fats and budget-sparing bone broth in their diets.”
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Have you seen any health improvements since adding bone broth to your diet?