- How and Why to Make Bone Broth
How and Why to Make Bone Broth
There are certain foods that most of us should eat, but few have actually tried. Bone broth is one of them. Many soups and stews our ancestors made began with a bone-broth base, like homemade Russian borsch, for example. Today, however, stocks made at high temperatures in industrial settings have de-popularized this healthy and delicious dietary staple.
That poses a problem for most of us. Bone broth has some benefits you won’t find in other foods, and should be a part of a healthy diet. Read on to find out why, and how to make it…
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is the broth that results from slowly cooking meat or poultry bones in water for an extended period of time – often 24 hours or more. It was the backbone for many soups until the industrialization of dietary staples, and is an irreplaceable part of a healthy diet. Today, bone broth can still be found brewing in the kitchens of many top restaurants, but in home kitchens, it’s been largely replaced by cheaply made and less nutritious canned or powdered stock, broth, and bouillon.
Why Should You Eat Bone Broth?
In addition to being delicious, bone broth contains the vital amino acids glycine and proline, as well as glucosamine and chondroitin sulphates. True bone broth is a rich source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, in easily absorbed forms. It’s also an excellent source of collagen. We covered the health benefits of bone broth in detail in an earlier article that you can read by clicking here .
How to Make Bone Broth at Home
Now that you know how nutrient-dense and important bone broth is to your health, you’re probably wondering how to make it. Here’s a hint: avoid the stuff you see on the shelf at your local supermarket. It’s broth, but not bone broth.
You can make your own bone broth. Although this is a time consuming process, if you have a butcher nearby who is willing to give you their bones, it can be a very economical option. The following recipe is an adaption of the recipe found on the Whole 9 website.
To make your own bone broth, you’ll need the following:
- 2-4 lbs. of bones (with marrow, but trimmed of all meat)
- 4 quarts of water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or other mild vinegar (to extract minerals from the marrow and bone)
You can add the following optional ingredients for flavor:
- Green Onions
- Peppercorns or ground pepper
- Bay Leaf
1.Combine all ingredients.
2.Bring the mixture to a boil.
3.Reduce heat to low and continue to cook, covered for 24 hours. Check the liquid level from time to time, to make sure that your broth has not evaporated (if the level looks low, add more water).
4.Strain and serve or store.
Although making bone broth is not labor intensive, the process can be time-consuming. Many home cooks simply have too much to do to focus on making bone broth. If you want it on hand for a momentary craving, a 24-hour cook time isn’t thrilling, either.
Here at Wise Choice Market, we offer organic chicken bone broth and organic beef bone broth , both slow-cooked for over 24 hours using the finest natural and organic ingredients and the purest, non-fluoridated water. You deserve the best bone broth, and we’re happy to provide it.
Whichever option you choose, make sure to include this nutritional superfood in your diet. You deserve it, as does your family.
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