By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Annah Gillette
Bone broth is one of my favorite fall and winter meals. You may be thinking; bone broth doesn’t sound very appetizing. It is the best tasting broth you have ever had!
There are several ways to make bone broth depending on your taste preferences and what is locally available.
Choose the best ingredients you can. It will be beneficial for the end result! Roast your marrow bones (beef or lamb) before placing in your crock-pot, adding a layer of umami. Bone marrow is also delicious, and mine never makes it into the pot, a little treat for the chef!
Place bones into a large stockpot and cover with water.
Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water before cooking. This helps to pull out important nutrients from the bones. (White Wine works too)
Fill stock pot with filtered water. Leave plenty of room for water to boil.
Heat slowly. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for at least six hours. Remove scum as it arises.
Cook slow and at low heat. Chicken bones (unbleached) can cook for 24 hours. Beef bones (grass fed) can cook for 48 hours. A low and slow cook time is necessary to fully extract the nutrients in and around the bone.
You can also add in vegetables, such as onions, garlic, carrots, and celery, for added nutrient value.
After cooking, the broth will cool, and a layer of fat will harden on top. This layer protects the broth beneath. Discard this layer only when you are about to eat the broth. I keep my big batch pretty neutral in a flavor base so I can add it to other soups or recipes. I also like to add some fresh rosemary, and salt to a mug of broth! Experiment with the flavors you like, add fresh herbs in the last hour of cooking for a bright flavor.
Nutrition researchers Sally Fallon and Kaayla Daniel of the Weston A. Price Foundation explain that bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur, and others. They contain chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain.
Bone broth can be beneficial for:
leaky gut syndrome
food intolerance’s and allergies
All bone broths — beef, chicken, fish, lamb and more — are staples in the traditional diets of every culture and the basis of all fine cuisine. That’s because bone broths are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and they boost healing.
It is important to keep your gut health at its best. Bone broth can help. But wouldn’t it be nice to do a comprehensive stool test to find out exactly what is in your gut and what you need to do to keep it healthy?
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