Sick? Skip the Chicken Soup & Hit the Bone Broth!

Bone broths are extremely good for you, easy to prepare at home, super cheap, and simple to make! It is a staple for many crunchy families and you’ll see why!  -Krystle K

What is Bone Broth?

“Good broth will resurrect the dead,” says one South American proverb Bone Broth is an ulta-nutritious liquid made from the boiling of chicken or beef bone (or also the meat from poultry, beef, lamb, or fish) in water for a long period of time. The bones can be boiled from anywhere from 6 hours to 3 days. The longer the bone broth cooks the more minerals and nutrients that will be released into the liquid. After it is finished simmering the broth is strained and ready to drink. There is no comparing it to store-bought versions which contain MSG and most impotantly-do not contain gelatin and other health-boosting powers of homemade broths.

The Benefits

Bone broth improves digestion, allergies, helps reduce cellulite by improving connective tissue (exciting right?), increases hair growth,remineralise teeth and MOST importantly aids the immune system. Bone broth contains a high amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and many minerals, including calcium, silicon, sulfer, magnesium, glucosamine, phosphorus, and chondroitin sulfates. Bone broth also contains gelatin which has two very important amino acids: proline and glycine. In selecting the bones for broth, its EXTREMELY important to get high quality bones since you’ll be extracting the minerals and drinking them in concentrated form.

Bone Broth Recipe

Ingredients/Supplies

  • 2 pounds (or more) of bones from a healthy source
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Optional: 1 bunch of parsley, 1 tablespoon or more of sea salt, 1 teaspoon peppercorns, additional herbs or spices to taste. I also add 2 cloves of garlic for the last 30 minutes of cooking.
  • crockpot makes this process super-simple, but you can also use a large stock pot or an enameled cast-iron dutch oven.

Directions

 If you are using raw bones, especially beef bones, it improves flavor to roast them in the oven first. I place them in a roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes at 350.

Place the bones in a large stock pot (I use a 5 gallon pot). Pour (filtered) water over the bones and add the vinegar. Let sit for 20-30 minutes in the cool water. The acid helps make the nutrients in the bones more available. Rough chop and add the vegetables (except the parsley and garlic, if using) to the pot. Add any salt, pepper, spices or herbs, if using. Now, bring the broth to a boil. Once it has reached a vigorous boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer until done.

Simmer Times

  • 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, or freeze for later use. Recipe courtesy of www.healthextremist.com

12 Comments
  1. 10 Crunchy Mom Must-Haves November 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    […] for adults and children with leaky gut and other gastro issues. You can make bone broth yourself (recipe here) or purchase from the […]

  2. […] bone broth and fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, umeboshi plum). Remove sugar and all processed foods. […]

  3. […] for eggs. Wheat and dairy also reacted but not nearly as much 9/10 months old: introduced solids of bone broth and avocados. Noticed weight loss. Gave him raw coconut oil to fatten him up, and he got a double […]

  4. […] For what is considered Bone Broth, a healthy version of stock due to the leaching of minerals and  nutrients from the bones, add some lemon or vinegar to the pot to break down the bones. Sometimes the bones are roasted first, but in this case, you have already roasted the chicken. Bone broth has to cook for a lengthy period 24-72 hours. You may want to use a slow cooker.  Here is one of our favorite recipes by our very own SNAP MOMS  […]

  5. […] Bone broth, meat, fish, and eggs […]

  6. […] Bone Broth- lines and protects the gut (where over 70% of the immune system is located) […]

  7. […] said that you should eat chicken noodle soup whenever you get a cold. Well it’s for good reason; bone broth has been a staple of a gut-healing diet. The nutrition found within the bone broth can be easily […]

  8. […] Boil in water with potatoes until all are tender (For added flavor and nutrition, sub the water for Bone Broth! […]

  9. Turn 25$ into Millions June 29, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Turn 25$ into Millions

    Sick? Skip the Chicken Soup & Hit the Bone Broth! | The Snap Mom

  10. […] I had been treating it naturally and boosting her immune system with probiotics, colloidal silver, bone broth and non-stop nursing (her idea, not […]

  11. […] Happy New Year! The 31st of December signals that the Holiday season is drawing to an end. The first day of a new year brings much anticipation and fresh perspective for another 365 days to follow. Many like to ring in the New Year with resolutions. This year, I am excited to set goals to live a fitter, fresher, healthier lifestyle that I can sustain long after the last turkey leg is simmered into Bone Broth! […]

  12. […] Health and healing are not as elusive as you have been led to believe, bone stocks can play a critical role.The Healing Power of BrothBone Broth Directions | Sunshine Coast NaturopathyBone Broth Soup | Spirit of Health Sick? Skip the Chicken Soup & Hit the Bone Broth! | The Snap MomThe Snap Mom […]