Bone broth is relatively easy to make and has a lot of health benefits. It’s rich in minerals that support the immune system. It contains compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline that may help to heal and seal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation. It may help strengthen your bones, help you to look younger, give you energy during the day, sleep better at night, and just overall fee better. It’s rich in gelatin which may support skin health and protect your joints. It may also help to reduce inflammation in the body.
You want to make sure you get grass fed beef bones or organic chicken bones. You can also use any other bones you like. Conventional beef bones are full of antibiotics, hormones and have usually lived in less than decent conditions. Conventional chicken bones are high in arsenic simply because the FDA allows chickens to be fed arsenic in the feed.
Almost all the ingredients I use are organic. Only when I can’t find organic, is when I use conventional. I also use filtered water. I have a reverse osmosis water filter hooked up under my sink. That was one of the best things I have ever bought!
You want to use a stainless steel pot to make this broth. The non-stick pots can leach too many chemicals in the long simmer time that is required to make bone broth correctly. I use a 12 quart pot and reduce the last few hours of simmering so it is very concentrated.
Ingredients can vary. It just really depends on your taste and preference. Since my son is allergic to garlic and onions, I omit those.
2 whole organic chickens, roasted and all meat taken off (save for other meals)
2 large organic carrots (more if you like it a bit sweeter)
2 organic celery stalks
1 medium yellow onion
3-4 large Crimini mushrooms (or your favorite mushrooms)
2 sprigs of fresh oregano (1 tsp dried)
3 sprigs fresh parsley (1.5 tsp dried)
1 sprig of fresh thyme (1/2 tsp dried)
2 TBSP organic apple cider vinegar
Bake the chickens in the oven at 450 for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Let cool and remove all the meat. I slice some for dinner, put some in the fridge to make chicken salad sandwiches for lunch and freeze the rest in a couple freezer bags. This is great for chicken and dumplings, chicken noodle soup, etc.
If you’re using raw beef bones or any other raw bones, bake in a baking dish for about 30 minutes at 350. This brings out the flavor. Don’t forget to loosen all the caramelized bits and use that in the broth too.
Rinse the vegetables and rough chop them. You don’t need to peel the carrots.
Put all the bones in the pot along with all the herbs, vegetables and apple cider vinegar.
Fill the pot with filtered water, up to about 1-2 inches from the top.
Bring to a vigorous boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer.
Beef/Bison/Venison- 48 hours
Fish- 8-10 hours
Lamb- 12-16 hours
After it simmers fro about 30 minutes or so, a froth will rise to the top. Remove this with a spoon and throw away.
Let simmer for the recommended times listed above.
You may have to add water a couple times to keep it full but llet it cook down the last several hours so it becomes very concentrated and takes less room to store.
Once done, remove bones and vegetables.
Carefully pour through a fine mesh strainer.
Quickly cool down the broth by adding ice so bacteria doesn’t start to grow by letting it slowly cool down. The broth is very concentrated so the little bit of ice won’t make much difference.
Once it is cooled a little, set in fridge to completely cool the rest of the way.
After it’s cold, there will usually be a thick layer of fat on top. KEEP IT! DON’T throw it away! Put it in a container and store it in the fridge. If you used bones from animals that were organic and pasture raised, this fat is awesome! It’s bone broth butter and you can use it much like regular butter; sauté vegetables, caramelizing onions, frying eggs, etc.
Pour into glass jars and freeze.
Use the broth to make gravy, soups, stews, and sauces. You can also add some salt, heat it and drink it. We drink this a couple times a week especially when we’re sick.
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