Good to the Bone – Homemade Broth Made Easy

Andrea's Bone Broth 2For decades, bone broth was our grandmother’s “go to” remedy for whatever was ailing us, but today bone broth has fallen out of favour because of our fast-paced world. It’s time this lost custom was revived. It’s short on labour and huge on benefits, making it an important staple in our diets.

What makes homemade bone broth such a huge nutritional powerhouse that it warrants your precious time?

Some of bone broth’s unparalleled benefits include:

1. Maintains and heals your small and large intestines with its gastro-intestinal restorative properties; this, in turn, boosts your immune system and alkalizes your body. Bone broth’s glutamine keeps the small intestines healthy while its pre-biotics support the growth of bifodobacteria, one of the most beneficial and prolific bacteria in the large intestines.

2. Builds healthy bone, cartilage/connective tissue and skin with its gelatin, collagen and many minerals.

3. Is a powerhouse of nutrients, including: proteins/amino acids, calcium, glycine, praline, phosphorous, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, magnesium, potassium, and sulphate.

4. Helps improve a huge number of health conditions from digestive/gastro-intestinal conditions to rheumatoid arthritis, from osteoarthritis to IBS and IBD, from aging skin to diarrhea.

5. Feeds your soul while it nourishes your body.

Now you know the “why” –

here’s the “how”:

Habits, once created are easy to follow. If you follow these steps, and make them a habit, I guarantee you’ll find making homemade bone broth both easy and rewarding.

Recipe for Easy Chicken Bone Broth

The Bones:   While you can use any bones to make bone broth, the following steps are for chicken bones because chicken is a staple at my house. For meat bones, be sure to increase your cooking time to 6 to 24 hours instead of the 4-12 hours that I mention below.

The Pot:   The best pot to use for bone broth and most other cooking is one that stainless steel one with a layer of copper on the bottom.  Not only is it cost effective, but it ensures even cooking and causes no health concerns.

Step 1 – Buy chicken with the bone in and save the bones (cooked or uncooked) in a zip locked bag in your freezer. If you do this after each chicken meal you’ll soon be ready to make your broth. However, you can also follow steps 2 – 5 with a single carcass of chicken.

Step 2 – When your bags of the bones are threatening to jump out of your freezer and walk away on their own, put them in a stainless steel pot large enough to cover them with water. Add 2 bay leaves, 2 onions, 2 carrots, 2 celery stocks, 2 garlic cloves (optional) and 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar to pull the nutrients out of the bones.

Step 3 – Leave your pot simmering for 4 to 12 hours; making sure to top up the liquid if you are simmering for more than 4 hours. The longer the broth simmers, the thicker and richer the broth will be.

Step 4 – Let your pot cool a bit then strain it into another stainless steel pot. Cover your pot of broth and place it in the fridge to cool, allowing the broth to thicken and the fat to rise to the top.

Step 5 – Once cooled, remove the fat from the top; this is easy because it will have hardened. Place the broth in ziplock bags and freeze them for future use.  You can freeze the broth in large bags for family soup nights, two cup portions for cooking quinoa/rice or in ice-cube trays for flavouring.  Be sure to label and date your bags with an indelible pen and stack them separately until nearly frozen.  Frozen broth can safely remain in the freezer for up to a year, but will not doubt be used long before then… Yum!

Enjoy your soulful bone broth on its own or use it in soups, stir-fries, sauces, or anything else to which you want to add a healthy, bold taste.

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