Bone broth has existed for centuries. It is a common food in several countries and it is quickly becoming popular in the United States. Bone broth can be bought commercially but making your own bone broth is easy, cheap and offers an amazing amount of health benefits. Here is how to make bone broth at home and why it is beneficial.
What is bone broth?
Regular broth is made by simmering meats and vegetables in water. Bone broth is made from the bones of meat carcasses and left to simmer for much longer periods of time.
You can use any type of bones that you like for your bone broth. Chicken, lamb, beef, pork and veal all work well.
What are the health benefits?
Bone broth not only tastes great but has a significant amount of health benefits.
- It helps you absorb more nutrients from other foods
- It protects your joints by supplying you with collagen
- It will improve your gut health. Bone broth is beneficial for leaky gut syndrome, digestive disorders, diarrhea and constipation
- It will help to boost your immune system.
- It improves connective tissue an and supports skin, hair and nails.
How to make it
Bone broth can be made in a large stock pot on your stove or in a slow cooker.
You will need to Blanche the bones to remove any impurities before you start making the broth.
To do this, simply add the bones to a stockpot, cover with cold water, bring to a boil for 15 minutes. Drain the water and get ready to roast them.
Roasting the bones is what gives the bone broth flavor, so don’t be tempted to skip this step. Roast on high for 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
Slow Cooking Bone Broth
Bone broth requires a long slow cooking process to avoid breaking down proteins in the gelatin. Avoid any fast boiling.
To make the broth.
Add the bones to a slow cooker or stockpot on the stove. Cover the bones with filtered water. You can add your favorite seasonings and vegetables if desired. Carrots, celery garlic and onions work well.
I like using a slow cooker to make bone broth because you don’t have to watch it. Cook on low for 12-24 hours.
Cooling your broth
After your broth has finished simmering, you will want to quickly cool it to prevent bacteria from forming.Strain any added vegetables from the broth and add a few ice cubes.
Storing your broth
You will probably want to make bone broth in large quantities, since it is a slow cooking method
that takes time. It is fine to store in the refrigerator the amount you will use it in a couple days.
Store the rest in the freezer until it is ready to be used. I find that it works best to store individual portions in small containers.
I like to freeze bone broth in ice cube trays. Some other options are using muffin tins, silicone molds, freezer bags or small plastic containers.
Ways to use it
There are several ways to consume the broth. It can be used in any recipe that calls for stock or regular broth.
- Simply drink it hot or cold
- Use it to make gravy
- Use it to saute vegetables
- Use it to make soup or stew
Making bone broth at home is easy, inexpensive and has more health benefits than regular broth. There is several great bone broth recipes available online that can easily be adjusted to use whatever ingredients you have on hand. Start saving your leftover bones and start making your own tasty and nutritious bone broth today.
Have you made bone broth before? How do you like to use it?
Let me know in the comments below.