What is Broth? And why do we need it?

Why do dogs so varaciously sit for hours chewing on a bone? Is it because they are bored? Heck NO! It’s because that is one of the places you’ll find the most nutrition packed away in a solid container. Bones are packed with protein, calcium and a myriad of other minerals and nutrients that we may be missing from our diets. One of the biggest things that Paleo followers avoid is organ meat. Animals usually go for the liver first in a wild game kill because it is truly one of the worlds best super foods. So what is another way we can make sure we are maximizing our health and to add to that our money?

Start making broth out of the chicken, beef and animal bones that you have left over from your other meals. Many health advantages can be found from adding bone broth to your kitchen options. Here’s a few:

1. Broth is Beautiful Article on Weston A. Price Foundation website - http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/broth-is-beautiful

2. Balanced Bites has  a great informative article on Broth - http://balancedbites.com/2011/04/easy-recipe-mineral-rich-bone-broth.html

3. Chris Kresser advises it in his article here - http://chriskresser.com/how-to-prevent-colds-and-flus-naturally

 

I’m a terrible cook and can only make soup in a semi decent manner. But I love soup and can’t think of an easier way to mix tons of quality fresh food items together and with a few of the right herbs and spices mix and change the test. I like to make a pot a week and get about 4 dinners out of it just for me since the wife likes to order Little Ceasar’s pizza’s when she doesn’t want to cook (Little Ceasar’s pizza has officially been classified in my book as Food Porn!). The soup is my only saving grace for limited time or times when I want healthy food and just can’t find something in the house that will fit the mold. For me, the more convenient the food is to fix and eat the less temptation I experience and it definitely helps me stay on track!!

 

Tonight I will be starting with some Beef and Garlic bone broth that I got from the above article found on the Balanced Bites website. So here’s what I’m doing:

I pulled this straight off the site listed above for Balanced Bites so do not thank me for the directions!!!

4 quarts of filtered water
1.5- 2 lbs of beef knuckle bones (or any other kinds of bones/meaty bones/marrow bones – chicken necks are inexpensive and work great)
the cloves from 1 whole head of fresh garlic, peeled & smashed
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (organic, unfiltered)
1Tsp unrefined sea salt - or more/less to taste

Preparation

  • If you choose, you may brown or roast the bones/meaty bones first in a separate pan/pot if using a crockpot but this isn’t a necessary step. I don’t normally do it because it saves time/dishes not to and the purpose is just for more flavor which I don’t find necessary in this recipe. If you choose to, brown them in bacon fat or coconut oil before putting them into the water in the next step.
  • Place all ingredients in a 6 quart crockpot and set the heat to HIGH.
  • Bring the stock to a boil, then reduce the heat setting to LOW.
  • Allow the stock to cook for a minimim of 8 hours and up to 24 hours. The longer it cooks the better!
  • Turn off the crockpot and allow the stock to cool.
  • Strain the stock through a fine mesh metal strainer and throw away what you skim off.
  • Place the cooled stock into glass jars for storage in the fridge (for up to a few days) or freezer for later use.

You can use stock to drink any time of day or before a meal or as the base for soups, stews and in any recipe that calls for it!

Variations

Use any other kind of animal bones you like, chicken especially will take less time due to smaller pieces.
Add chopped veggies like carrots, celery and onions for more flavor or variety.

crockpot makes this recipe super-simple, but you can also use a large stock pot (hence the name) or an enameled cast-iron dutch oven type of pot.

Enjoy & be well!
Diane Sanfilippo
BS, Certified Nutrition Educator, C.H.E.K. Holistic Lifestyle Coach

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