Homemade bone broth delivers flavor & health benefits.
Bone broth has been a dietary staple across cultures throughout human history. Modern-day interest in this nutrient-dense food is growing as its health benefits become more widely recognized.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: at least 6 hours
MAKES ABOUT 3 QUARTS.
Homemade bone broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and trace minerals, as well as valuable nutrients like collagen. Regular consumption of bone broth is said to reduce inflammation, ease achy joints and promote healthy bones, hair and nails. Gelatin, abundant in bone broth, has been associated with gut wellness by physicians as far back as Hippocrates. Bone broth also contains glycine, an amino acid that aids in liver function. Regular consumption of bone broth may be a soothing safeguard against colds and flu viruses.
Bone broth is inexpensive and easy to make. The biggest challenge can be finding quality bones. Shop at your local farmers’ market and seek out farmers who humanly raise their livestock without antibiotics or hormones and who feed them organic species-appropriate feed. Using top-quality ingredients, including organic vegetables, and the right kitchen tools (i.e, a large stainless steel or ceramic-lined cast iron stockpot, a strainer, a ladle and appropriate containers) simplify the process and ensure success.
Enjoy bone broth either hot or cold, like you would tea. Sip a steaming mug in the morning and drink a tall glass over ice in the afternoon. This versatile food also makes a flavorful base for soups, stews, sauces and gravies and can be used to cook gluten-free grains and vegetables.