By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
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 available locally.
Choose the best bone broth ingredients you can. It will be beneficial for the result! Roast your marrow bones (beef, chicken, or lamb) before placing them 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. ACV helps to pull out essential nutrients from the bones. (White Wine works too)
Fill a stockpot 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 the bone broth 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 extract the nutrients in and around the bone fully. For added nutrient value, you can also add vegetables, such as onions, garlic, carrots, chard, and celery.
After cooking, the bone broth will cool, and a layer of fat will harden on top. This layer protects the bone 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 to 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 broth contains 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 broth is nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor, and boosts healing.
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