The key thing is to cook the bones a long time (24 hours for chicken bones; 48 hours for meat bones) along with apple cider vinegar to draw the minerals and collagen out (so great for your bones). It’s tasty and super-nutritious.
You can sip it on its own, as a snack or coffee-replacement (yup!) or use it as the base for many other meals.
You can make it in a crockpot or on the stove, and really all you have to do is cover the bones with water, add a couple tablespoons of vinegar, some good quality salt, bring it to a boil, and then simmer for the time noted above. Then cool, strain and keep it on hand to sip plain or make it the base of your soups or other meals.
If you want, add some vegetables along with the bones (carrots, onion, celery, root vegetables, etc) and herbs. I add a bunch each of parsley and cilantro. You could also use nettle, burdock, garlic, oregano, thyme, etc.
Make a big batch, and keep some in the fridge and store some in the freezer.
Of course I recommend using only bones from grass fed/pastured animals. If you don’t want to buy bones just to make broth, you can collect bones from your meals and store them in the freezer until you have enough. It’s fine to mix bones from different animals.
Bone broth is rich in…
- anti-inflammatory nutrients including chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and glucosamine
- both minerals and micro-minerals, in a very absorbable form
- glycine, which is good for liver and brain, memory, focus, and sleep
- collagen, so beneficial for skin, hair nails as well as joints, and may be helpful to reduce cellulite
Bone broth is beneficial for…
- GastroIntestinal Issues: excellent for leaky gut, one of the most common health issues I see in my practice. Also good for Crohn’s, IBS, colitis, reflux/heartburn, food sensitivities
- Bones: that’s right! Bone broth helps support your own bone health, and may help prevent bone loss.
- Joints, because of all the anti-inflammatory nutrients, and the boost in collagen
I can’t emphasize enough that bone broth is NOT the same as buying a can or carton of stock from the store. Try it and see.
p.s. Don’t forget to share it with your dog too!
p.s. Want even more information on why you should be having bone broth and other collagen-rich foods? Read this