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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Bone Broth

Bone broth is a nutrient rich broth you can make at home with your table scraps! It provides easily absorbed calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. Bone broth also contains amino acids, glucosamine and collagen.  Bone broth can help you heal from infections more easily, It may help heal leaky gut, decrease joint pain, prevent bone loss and help you have healthy skin, hair and nails.
Bone broth

Use organic bones and produce as much as possible.
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 large onions, unpeeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • Any vegetable skins or peelings you have on hand
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, lightly smashed
  • 2-4 lbs. meat or poultry bones, these may be roasted before if you wish a richer taste
You will notice I did not have parsley or celery and was still able to make this broth!

Place all ingredients in a large slow cooker set on high. Bring to a boil, then reduce the setting to low for 24-48 hours. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes.

After 12 hours cooking.

After 24 hours cooking.

 Strain the stock through a fine mesh strainer or coffee filter into a large bowl, and discard the waste. What bones are left will be very brittle.  My chicken carcass had usable meat, so I took that out of the discarded stuff.

Finished strained bone broth.

 Use the broth in homemade soups or other recipes. Even if you don’t have a slow-cooker you can still reproduce this recipe on a stove top, with a large pot on low heat or in the oven.  You can keep the broth in the fridge 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to a year.

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