Bone Broth Ingredients
2 pounds (or more) of bones from a healthy source (Organic)
2 stalks of celery
1/4 tsp each of turmeric, fennel, coriander, fenugreek, ajwain, brown mustard and cumin seed+ black peppercorns, freshly ground
2 inch cube of fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
Small medium beet, freshly chopped
Optional: 1 bunch of parsley, 1 tablespoon or more of sea salt ( I use Vegetable bouillon cube), 1 teaspoon peppercorns, additional herbs or spices to taste (fresh ginger). You can also add 2 cloves of garlic for the last 30 minutes of cooking.
Gallon of filtered water
You’ll also need a large stock pot to cook the broth in and a strainer to remove the pieces when it is done.
Bone Broth Instructions
The first step in preparing to make broth is to gather high quality bones. As I said, you can find them from sources listed above or save them when you cook.
Beef broth/stock: 48 hours
Chicken or poultry broth/stock: 24 hours
Fish broth: 8 hours
During the first few hours of simmering, you’ll need to remove the impurities that float to the surface. A frothy/foamy layer will form and it can be easily scooped off with a big spoon. Throw this part away. I typically check it every 20 minutes for the first 2 hours to remove this. Grass-fed and healthy animals will produce much less of this than conventional animals.
During the last 30 minutes, add the garlic and parsley, if using. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Strain using a fine metal strainer to remove all the bits of bone and vegetable. When cool enough, store in a gallon size glass jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Homemade Broth/Stock can be used as the liquid in making soups, stews, gravies, sauces, and reductions. It can also be used to sauté or roast vegetables.
Especially in the fall and winter, some people drink at least 1 cup per person per day as a health boost. Other possibility is to heat 8-16 ounces with a little salt and whisk in an egg until cooked (makes a soup like egg-drop soup)
Why Bone broth:
Besides it’s amazing taste and culinary uses, broth is an excellent source of minerals and is known to boost the immune system (chicken soup when you are sick) and improve digestion.
Its high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content make it great for bone and tooth health.
Bone broth also supports joints, hair, skin, and nails due to its high collagen content. In fact, some even suggest that it helps eliminate cellulite as it supports smooth connective tissue
Bone broth can improve digestion, allergies, immune health, brain health, and much more.
Broth is also helpful to have on hand when anyone in the family gets sick as it can be a soothing and immune boosting drink during illness, even if the person doesn’t feel like eating. Broth is very high in the amino acids proline and glycine which are vital for healthy connective tissue (ligaments, joints, around organs, etc).
Health Benefits of Bone Broth:
Supports kidney and adrenal health
Support bone health
Builds the blood (great for women!)
Heals and protects the GI tract
Useful in leaky gut syndrome
Heals arthritic conditions
Beneficial in both diarrheas' and constipation
Calms the mind
Beneficial in sleep disorders
Increases overall energy
Increases skin and hair health