Why are we making Bone Broth?

February 22, 2024
Bone Broth

Bone broth has gained popularity in recent years due to its potential health benefits. Here are some of the claimed benefits of consuming bone broth.

Here is a list of the reasons why we should be sipping on Bone Broth, instead of sugary drinks or powder soup!

Rich in Nutrients:

Bone broth is a good source of various vitamins and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and collagen. Collagen is particularly noteworthy for its role in supporting skin, hair, and joint health.

Joint Health:

The collagen in bone broth may help support joint health by providing the building blocks for cartilage and connective tissues. This can be beneficial for individuals with arthritis or joint pain.

Gut Health:

The gelatin in bone broth is thought to support gut health by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. This can potentially improve digestion and reduce inflammation in the gut.

Skin Health:

Collagen is a major component of the skin, and consuming bone broth may contribute to skin health by promoting elasticity and hydration. Some people believe it can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Amino Acids:

Bone broth contains various amino acids, which are essential for building proteins in the body. These amino acids can be beneficial for muscle growth, immune function, and overall metabolic health.

Immune System Support:

The nutrients in bone broth, including minerals and amino acids, may contribute to a healthy immune system. The broth’s anti-inflammatory properties might also play a role in supporting immune function.

Hydration:

Like any broth or soup, bone broth can contribute to overall hydration, especially if it’s made with vegetables and herbs.

Easy to Digest:

The nutrients in bone broth are in a form that is easy for the body to absorb, making it a gentle option for individuals with digestive issues.

Vegetables in Bone Broth

Here is my recipe:

Making bone broth is a relatively straightforward process, and you can use various types of bones, such as beef, chicken or pork.

Ingredients:

  • Bones (beef, chicken, pork, or a combination)
  • Water
  • Vegetables (onions, carrots, celery)
  • Garlic (optional)
  • Vinegar (apple cider vinegar works well)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Herbs and spices (such as bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, or parsley)

Instructions:

  • Choose your bones: You can use a mix of marrow bones, knuckle bones, and joints for added flavour and nutrition. You can often find these at your local butcher or grocery store.
  • Optional: Roast the bones (for richer flavour): Preheat your oven to 200°C. Place the bones on a baking sheet and roast them for about 30 minutes. This step is optional but can enhance the flavour of your broth.
  • Prepare vegetables: Roughly chop onions, carrots, and celery. If desired, add a few cloves of garlic.
  • Combine ingredients in a pot: Place the bones in a large stockpot or slow cooker. Add the chopped vegetables and, if using, garlic.
  • Add water: Pour enough water into the pot to cover the bones and vegetables. Add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar, which helps extract minerals from the bones.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer: Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Once it boils, reduce the heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer. Skim off any foam or impurities that rise to the surface.
  • Season: Add salt, pepper, and any herbs or spices you like. Common additions include bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, or parsley.
  • Simmer for a long time: For the best flavour and nutrient extraction, let the broth simmer for an extended period. Chicken broth can simmer for 4-6 hours, while beef or pork broth may take 12-24 hours. You can use a slow cooker for convenience.
  • Strain the broth: Once the broth has simmered, strain it to remove the bones and vegetables. You can use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth for a clear broth.
  • Cool and store: Let the broth cool to room temperature, then refrigerate it. Once chilled, you can remove any solidified fat from the surface. Store the broth in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze it for longer storage.

Vegetables in Bone Broth

This delicious broth is delightfully good on cold days or when you are starving and need something to sip on. If you really spend your time making it yummy, it can be sipped cold too!

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