A high-quality, nutrient-dense diet is one of the most powerful ways to maintain health and prevent disease. Our gut in particular needs proper nourishment for health to really flourish.
Bone broths contain collagen, gelatine and many minerals. It is soothing and nourishing for our gut and for us.
Bone Broth Basics
You may use chicken, beef, fish, pork bones – best is from free range, pastured/grass fed animals. Simply put the bones in a pot, cover well with filtered water, add a little vinegar to help leach the minerals and bring to the boil. Some roughly chopped onion and garlic may be added.
A Fast-Slow Cooker is a fantastic kitchen appliance to use here – use the “stock” setting.
Simmer gently for up to 8 hours (a crock pot is good) or 1 hour in a pressure cooker.
When cooked the whole lot can be poured through a strainer. The bones are good dog food, otherwise they’ll have to be disposed of…
Set the hot strained broth aside to cool and allow all sediment to settle out. A glass jug is ideal for this step.
When cool pour the clear broth off the sediment into a second jug and put in the fridge to chill. The fat will harden on top and may be removed.
The broth will be a soft gel. It may be frozen in portions to add to daily meals – keep a stack of small containers handy.
Using Bone Broth
Use the broth as stock for soups and stews.
For a clear soup, add finely chopped root and stalk vegetables and simmer until tender – celery is excellent for the silica. Ancient grains can be added. Pearl barley is a great old fashioned addition if organic barley grain can be found.
The broth is a great comfort food for sick kids. Add enough salt to make it delicious, buttered toast fingers are an added treat. The broth is hydrating and nourishing.
Frozen portions are a delicious addition to cooking water in vegetables, stews and curries.
It’s a deep kind of nourishment – you’ll feel the benefit in your own bones!