Bone broth is one of the essential foods everyone should know how to make. My first batch was not very successful, however if you stick with it you will have a great process in no time. Many websites state you should only use grass fed, organic animals. I use the meat department at my local Smiths, and I am sure I am still getting great benefit. Of course, if you have access to such animals, that should be your first choice. However, do not let this get in your way of making healthy bone broth.
Here are some reasons bone broth is so good for you:
- Packed with electrolytes (magnesium, sodium and potassium)
- Rich in other minerals (calcium, phosphorus)
- Rich in gelatine and collagen (keeps your joints, ligaments, tendons and bones healthy and reduces joint pain. No need to buy expensive supplements for bone and joint health.)
- Helps with muscle repair, muscle growth and injury recovery
- Strengthens nails and hair – Thank goodness my nails look so great! 🙂
- Helps heal leaky gut – Check out this site for more information on that
- Fights infections (flu, cold)
- Great for thyroid health and adrenal fatigue issues
- Reduces inflammation (the main cause of heart disease, & loss of brain function)
Instructions for a quality bone broth:
Use bones as fresh as you can, with thick, pinkish-white looking marrow.
Remove the meat and place the bones in a large pot. Cover the bones with water and bring to a boil. I also add about an 1/8 of a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar – this amount would be with 12 – 14 bones (the size of the bones you see in these images) Once it’s boiling, reduce heat, cover and simmer for a couple days.
I add more water after the first day to ensure the water level does not get too low, prior to having time to pull the good stuff out of the bones. About 3 hours prior to pulling it off the heat I throw in the seasoning, carrots, celery and onions.
After the pot cools a bit, I strain the liquid into a dish and put it in the fridge. Once it has cooled in the fridge for a bit it should look like this picture. It will have a thin layer of solid oil on the top with a layer of gelatin like broth underneath.
Simply scoop some into a cup, warm and drink. Or add to other meals for flavor and nutrition.
At this point you have strained the liquid away and are left with bone, bone marrow and veggies.
I remove the bones and give them to my dogs. They love the new play toys.
I add salt to the remaining ingredients and enjoy a great tasting stew.
Try this process and let me know what you think. I would love to hear how consuming bone broth helps your health. I am specifically interested in hearing about those of you who have gut problems and if bone broth helps you gain better gut health.
Check out Dr. Axe for more information on the benefits of this broth.