Bone Broth has been exploding in popularity over the past few years and with good reason, it is pretty amazing stuff! Okay Erin, you might think, you say a lot of things are “amazing for your health” but they look kinda gross or smell bad or are hard to find in my local grocery store. Fair enough, let me answer a few common questions that I get about Bone broth:
What exactly is that stuff?
Bone broth is the liquid that comes as a result of simmering the bones of animals over a long period of time (12-48 hours depending on the animal bones used). Sometimes a single type of animal is used, for example chicken carcasses, feet, and beaks can all be used for a chicken broth or you could make a combination of beef, pork and chicken bones to make a combination broth.
Why should I want to drink it?
When the bones to make the broth have been sourced from pasture raised animals, the bones are where a lot of valuable amino acids and minerals are housed. As the broth goes along in the simmering process it releases collagen, glycine, proline and glutamine which are all beneficial for bolstering immunity, hence the infamous healing of chicken soup. Collagen itself is a good reason to include bone broth in your diet, as this is the connective tissue in our skin, hair and nails. Some of the other benefits are: improving joint health, reducing inflammation, helping to heal leaky gut syndrome, and helping with food allergies and intolerances.
What does it taste like?
This can depend greatly on which animal bones you use and if you add any extra ingredients or not. I have made broths with chicken, lamb, beef and pork bones respectively and each one brings out the flavor of that particular animal and is quite savory. You can add seasonings and vegetable scraps to add more flavor during the simmering process, or you can add seasoning when you heat it up to use.
If I don’t like the taste, but want the benefits, how else could I consume it?
If you can’t handle drinking bone broth straight up, there are lots of ways you can still use it in the kitchen. It makes a really great base for things like gravies, soups, sauces, and glazes. I regularly put bone broth in my Chili recipe because its a nice sneaky way to get it into my kids’ bellies and it really beefs up the flavor at the same time.
If I don’t want to go to the trouble/time/effort of making it myself, where can I buy it?
I’ll be the first to admit it, bone broth making can be time consuming. Also, if you don’t happen to have a farm in your backyard, it may be harder to procure well-sourced bones. If this is the case for you don’t despair, there are now companies making shelf stable bones broths from grass-fed animals that you can order online or even buy in some grocery stores. The brand that I am most familiar with is Kettle and Fire. They make delicious organic bone broths that are convenient and easy to use.
Okay, you’ve convinced me to try it, what’s an easy starter recipe?
Recipe for a basic Bone Broth using a crockpot:
- 3-4 lbs of bones (preferably from well-sourced animals) Pork, Poultry, Beef, Game and Fish bones or any combination of them will work.
- 1 gallon water
- 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (with the “mother” is preferred)
- Add everything to the crockpot.
- Cook on the low setting in the crockpot ( Fish bones- 12 hours, Chicken bones 12-24 hours, Pork bones 24-48 hours, Beef bones at least 48 hours)
- Cool the broth, strain and pour broth into container.
- Store in refrigerator.
- Scoop out the congealed fat on top of the broth.
- Heat broth when needed (with spices, vegetables, etc).
I like to drink my bone broth blended with coconut oil or grass-fed butter (Kerry Gold) and I add some salt, pepper, garlic and nutritional yeast to it for added flavor.
Have you tried Bone broth before?