I'm so excited about bone broth that I'm always thinking about what I'm going to cook and if I can use it to make some more broth! I keep recommending it to other people because it really is a powerful food and, as I'm writing this blog post down, I'm feeling under the weather - cough, chest and nose congestion have been going though our family and now is my turn! I've bought some bone broth yesterday because I ran out of my home made one and I found one that has a Thai flavor and comes in a sipping cup which is great! In the evening that's going to be my pick-me-up for a boost of natural defenses and bone strengths reinforcement! If I can use something natural to help me get better I will certainly do that!
Actually bone broth is a natural multivitamin: it has over 2 dozens of essential and non-essential amino acids, it is rich in collagen and gelatin which help form connective tissue and bone bone broth also contains nutrients essential to the digestive, immunity and brain health.
Taking bone broth on a regular basis can benefit you in a lot of different ways:
So, why not try it? Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments are things that you don't usually eat as they are but you can easily boil them and simmer them for a very long period of time specially if you have a slow cooker. As you can read on the recipe below, I cooked my marrow bone broth for 21 hours!
This slow cooking process allows the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine which are all powerful compounds that can help us heal from a variety of different conditions. Bone broths contain minerals in the forms that your body can easily absorb them: calcium, magnesium, phosphurus, silicon, sulphur and other. They also contain chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine compounds on a natural form...why buy pricey supplements that you don't even know where they come from if you can get the same or even more benefits from a natural source? These compounds help reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain.
All these advantages should be enough to get you curious enough to, at least, buy some bone broth and try it out, right? Nowadays we can find several brands of bone broth in supermarkets and you can choose from different natural flavors too. Once you try it you don't go back! If you feel good enough to try it at home, please do - that way you'll have your personal stock of broth and whenever you run out of it you can always buy a pack or two to make up for it!
I've been using the Bare Bones broth and I highly recommend that you start by doing it too! They have different flavors which will, allow you to try the simple flavor to sip and the flavored ones to cook. They are truly amazing and I'd love to know that some of my followers would try them out!
1 - Preheat the oven at 400 F.
2 - The first thing to do is to prep your bone barrow. Place it on a baking sheet and bake it in the oven for about 30 minutes to bring out the flavor.
3 - While the marrow is roasting prep your vegetables: peel the carrots and cut them in big chunks and do the same with the celery and the onion. Add the onion peel too, for extra flavor and color.
4 - Put the roasted bones on the Instant Pot and add the vegetables which should be already prepared.
5 - Add the fresh herbs, the peppercorns and the apple cider vinegar. Cover everything with filtered water up to the point where the vegetables are all submerged.
6 - Close the lid of the Instant Pot and set it up on the "slow cooker"mode. Program for 21 hours and let the pot do its magic!
7 - When the program comes to an end and the pressure has vented off open up the lid and take all the solids out. Use a mesh strainer to strain all the liquid and reserve on a big container. Let it sit for, at least, a couple of hours for the fat to accumulate on top, in the form of a thick film.
8 - After that time has passed remove the fat film with a spoon and collect the broth in glass jars. I kept mine in the fridge and also froze some of the jars to use later on. If you do that make sure to let the bone broth defrost overnight in the fridge so you won't have sudden temperature shocks and broken jars!
This was the most rewarding experience ever! To have such a precious broth that I was able to cook at home was amazing. I have been using it in soups and other recipes to boost our joint and bone health and have also been sipping on it, once in a while.
The other broth I tried was turkey broth. It was perfect to make the most of the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers that we had! We roasted a huge turkey just for 5 people so I had a lot of bones to work with! Also, I froze a lot of diced turkey and I've been using it to cook up some delicious meals such as chili, pot pies and soup.
This turkey was cooked by me and my mother in law, who was visiting at the time. It was super delicious and juicy and we took all the bones apart from the meat to be able to prepare the ingredients for the broth. For the turkey broth I proceeded almost in the same way as for the bone marrow broth.
The exceptions were:
Now you must remember - whenever you're roasting a chicken or a turkey or if you're having big chunks of in-bone beef (preferably grass-fed) cook up some bone broth and try it yourself. You may be surprised! It's delicious and good for you so go and have a cup! If you prefer remember you can always order the Bare Bones variety pack and give them a try!