All-Healing Bone Broth, photo by Cheryl WiwatPhoto by Cheryl Wiwat

All-Healing Bone Broth

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 hours
There's been a lot of buzz about an old-fashioned remedy for all types of sickness, ranging from arthritis, to colds and flus, to digestion issues - and it could be in your kitchen right now. So hold on to those bones! 

Bone broth is not only easy to make but is also a great way to maximize your food and health costs. Instead of throwing out the leftover meat scraps from dinner, try making this healing broth at home for you and your family! This homemade soup stock, prepared primarily with the bones of chicken, beef, turkey, fish, pork, etc., contains many mineral-rich ingredients that support healing.

Bone broth has numerous health benefits. The protein, cartilage and gelatin components in bone broth contain nutrients that support joint health, bone health, nail/hair strength, digestive health, and more. Specifically, it contains the amino acids glycine and proline, which are critical for a healthy immune system and central nervous system.

A few tips: always use high-quality bones, preferably from pastured, grass-fed animals. Additionally, adding other healing spices, such as turmeric, will boost the nutritional benefits of this amazing broth!

Ingredients

  • Joints and long bones
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • filtered water to cover
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • onion (optional)
  • garlic (optional)
  • carrots (optional)
  • Celery (optional)
  • fresh herbs (optional)

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Spread out the bones on a lined pan and roast for 20-25 minutes until brown.
  2. Add bones to a large pot. Cover bones completely with filtered water and remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer, then cover and reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Allow it to reduce for a minimum of 8 -12 hours.
  3. Strain the finished broth using a mesh strainer into bowls/jars. Allow jars to cool completely before freezing.

Chef Notes

You can also use a slow cooker for this recipe. Cover the bones completely with filtered water, and add vinegar, salt, and optional herbs. Let it simmer on low for 6-8 hours, then add the vegetables (if using). Continue simmering for a minimum of 12 hours total.

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