With Winter setting in for many of us, it is time to review the Many Benefits of Bone Broth (and How to Make It). It is available as a premade item in most grocery stores however, for the price of a couple of containers you can make double that amount and control all the ingredients if you make your own at home. Also, a many of the store brands contain MSG in the broth and we do not want that in our meals.
Chicken soup has long been the go to one pot wonder for those under the weather of suffering an illness. However, bone broth is quickly taking over that mantle as the go to supper for colds and flues. Easy to make, cost effective and delicious to boot, bone broth is a fantastic meal not only for those whom are ill, but as an efficient way of making the most of a leftover carcass. So just why is bone broth so good for you?
Bone broth is rich in numerous vitamins, minerals and nutrients that work with your body to carry out basic repairs. One of the primary benefits of bone broth is in repairing your gut. The gelatin in bone broth works wonders at finding and helping to seal any small cracks or leaks in your gut. The effect of this is two-fold. Not only will a sealed gut help against bowel problems like diarrhea or constipation, but your gut is largely responsible for the upkeep of your immune system. A healthy gut means a healthy immune system.
Bone broth has also been shown to be high in various nutrients that actively work on maintaining healthy joints. Some of these nutrients have been shown to fight against certain degenerative joint diseases, while the well-known glucosamine is excellent for standard joint ache. All of these benefits can be received from a good bone broth.
Unsurprisingly, owing to the name, bone broth has also been shown to be excellent for increasing bone strength. The presence of calcium, magnesium and other components all work towards strengthening your skeletal frame. This, in turn, leads to improved posture and renewed energy levels. It’s no wonder that bone broth is quickly being considered one of the most beneficial yet easy to make foodstuffs available today.
And speaking of easy to make, just how do you go about making bone broth? It’s quite simple really. Collect all the old bones from your meals.and freeze them until you have enough to fill at least half of the pot you will be cooking in. When you have enough, place them in a pot with whatever vegetables you have on hand, fill with water, and slow simmer for from 1 to 3 days. You will be left with an incredibly rich, tasty and healthy broth that has cost next to nothing to make, but will give you more benefits that the most expensive of super foods. Once you taste the rich broth, bone broth will become the your new “chicken soup”. It’s great to sip on during those cold days when some of you will be shoveling snow in very cold weather.
Now that is the quick and simple method but if you want to kick it up a bit, which I suggest, get a couple of beef bones with marrow from your butcher plus include a couple of chicken feet and you will have a much richer broth. The marrow adds extra flavor and there are reports of studies that claim it helps prevent some cancers. The chicken feet add extra gelatin that helps repair your gut which has long term benefits to your entire system.
Chefs Note: If you do use raw beef bones roast them a little in the oven before making the broth. It will add a lot more flavor to your finished broth.
Start collecting those bones at your next meal and before long you can have your first pot of bone broth. If there is more than you can use, it freezes well and makes a great base for those winter soups we all love.
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