Bone broth could be called “nature’s multivitamin.” It’s packed with over 19 easy-to-absorb, essential and non-essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) and collagen/gelatin, which helps form connective tissue. It literally boosts every part of your body, from your gut to your brain, from your muscles to your ligaments. Its no wonder this superfood used in every ancient culture has become such a popular health “fad”.
It’s also relatively low in calories, yet very high in minerals and other chemical compounds that many people lack. There’s no doubt that bone broth makes a great everyday addition to your diet. More specifically, it:
I absolutely love bone broth and haven’t gone a week without drinking it in years. I drank several cups each day when I first went paleo to heal my leaky gut, and because of it, felt like an entirely new person after just 4 days. When I was healing from childbirth last year, I drank 2 cups of very strong broth everyday and at my 5 week post-baby checkup, my doctor was amazed that my body was completely healed, especially since I gave birth naturally and did have some stitches. I still drink it several times a week and always use it instead of water in my cooking.
The basics of what you’ll need to make bone broth at home are:
My favorite way to make bone broth is to roast a whole chicken with veggies, eat the meat, throw all the bones and veggies into a pot with water, 2 tablespoons vinegar and salt and simmer for 24-48 hours. Here’s a video on exactly how to prep the chicken:
If you want to start with beef bones, here’s a video for that (its an old one…my first cooking video EVER!). Also in this video is a deeper explanation of the benefits of eating bone broth:
Beef Bone Broth
Place all of your bones that have extra meat on them on a large cookie sheet (with sides) or roasting pan and brown in the oven at 400 degrees until well-browned (45-60 minutes). I like to roast my onions, carrot, and celery for added flavor, too.
Meanwhile, throw all of your non-meaty marrow bones into a stockpot, add the water, vinegar and vegetables (unless you’re roasting). Let sit while the other bones are browning. Add the browned bones to the pot, deglaze your roasting pan with hot water and get up all of the brown bits, pour this liquid into the pot. Add additional water if needed to cover the bones.
Bring to a boil and remove the scum/foam that rises to the top. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for at least 12 hours and as long as 72 hours. The longer you cook the stock, the more rich and flavorful it will be.
After you simmer for 12-72 hours, strain the stock into a large bowl, then ladle into glass containers. Allow to cool, then refrigerate. I would not recommend freezing in glass as they often break when they expand. Better to freeze in BPA-free plastic or silicone once totally cooled. Lately I’ve been freezing individual portions in these large silicone baking cups or this baking loaf and defrosting individually so I can sip on a cup in the morning.
Stays fresh in fridge about a week.
Please note: the stock you find at the supermarket is basically flavored water and will not suffice if you want to get the health benefits of drinking bone broth.
I’m super-excited about this brand new way to get your bone broth! It can be used as a soup base, a protein powder replacement, or to supplement your favorite recipes. I’m going to be replacing my protein powder with this and using it when I travel and in many of my current recipes. Its made by gently simmering all of the bones for many hours and then drying the finished broth into a powder, making it much more portable and convenient for you without losing the essential nutrients. The pure one has no flavor, so you ca add it to almost any recipe, so you’re not limited to just drinking a savory bone broth. It comes in pure unflavored, turmeric, chocolate and vanilla.
2. Gut Healing Kit by Pete’s Paleo.
This is perfect to jump start to help you heal your gut and feel the benefits that come from drinking lots of broth over a 30 day period. It includes bone broth, soup packets, gelatin gummies and a cookbook.
3. Shelf-stable bone broth by Kettle & Fire. You can get a free box from Thrive Market with a free trial membership or get it at Barefoot Provisions (no membership required).
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The reality is for most people, unfortunately, that they don’t have the time or patience to go through the lengthy process of making this ancient superfood. With the increased popularity, several companies are offering some exceptional products.
THERE’S A BRAND NEW POWDERED BONE BROTH ON THE MARKET!!
All of the benefits of bone broth, none of the hassle or time to prepare.
Click here to checkout the 4 different flavors being offered (not all even taste like normal bone broth)
As an extra-special bonus (purchase of bone broth not required), Dr. Josh Axe
is offering an amazing ebook called “Bone Broth Breakthrough”, which includes:
The science behind why bone broth is so amazing for you
6 reasons to consume bone broth everyday
How to make a great bone broth
A 3, 7 and 30 day bone broth challenge so you can experience the benefits
50+ recipes for every meal of the day using bone broth and/or bone broth protein powder.
You can download your free ebook here.
As you will see when you checkout the book, this bone broth powder is so versatile. You can use it in smoothies, baked goods, and add it to lots of your favorite recipes to boost its protein and nutrients.
Harnessing 10 years of experience as a private chef to the Southern California elite and a deep understanding of the healing properties of food, Camille is committed to transforming the lives of those she touches by helping them shifting healthcare from the medicine cabinet to the pantry and the doctors office to the garden.