Bone broth is one of the most healing foods in the world and it’s SUPER easy to make.
A simple bone broth is made by boiling bones (beef, chicken, fish etc). You can add veggies and herbs as well if you like. Some acid, like vinegar, helps to pull the minerals from the bones and enhance the nutritional content of the broth.
Having broth as part of our regular food routine helps with many things like:
- Keeping our skin healthy, smooth and firm by providing a rich source of amino acids, which are needed for collagen production.
- Amino acids also help to reduce inflammation and heal the tissues of the digestive system and keep the immune system strong.
- Bone broth helps strengthen hair and nails, speed their growth, and also enhances nutrient absorption due to it’s gelatin content.
Here’s one of my favourite broth recipes from “Discover the Power of Foods” by Janet Jacks
Conserving Kitchen Bone Broth
-Bones from 2-4 chicken, saved in the freezer
-2 tsp unrefined coarse salt
-1 strip wakame, crumbled
-3 Tbsp apple cider or red wine vinegar
-Leftover ends, stems and peels of onions, carrots, parsley, leeks, celery, and garlic, saved in the freezer
-Water to generously cover
1) Put all of the ingredients into a large crockpot. Turn on low and let simmer at least 24 hours, and up to 3 days.
2) Add water as necessary to cover the bones.
3) Strain, discard the solids, let cool, and skim off fat.
4) Boil down if flavour needs to be concentrated.
5) Pour into jars and store in the fridge or freezer.
Use this as the base when you make soups or cook your veggies and rice in it to get added nutrients. Or simply enjoy a warm cup on it’s own.
Written by Dr. Jennifer Kaster ND