Bone broth is a staple in my home, especially during the fall and winter. I like to have it on hand to cook with, even during the warm summer months when it’s not appealing to drink a hot cup of broth on its own. It’s pleasant and mild in flavor without any seasoning at all, but with the right assortment of herbs and spices, bone broth can be downright delicious. This recipe involves roasting the bones first to bring out extra layers of flavor and then a long, slow simmer with flavorful vegetables and seasonings. A generous glug of apple cider vinegar adds acidity and helps to draw nutrients out of the bones.
Bone Broth: An Age Old Health Tonic
Bone broth is delicious on its own, warming and instantly soothing. It’s cheap and simple to make, and really satisfying with low calorie content. Enjoying a cup daily, or doing a full-fledged bone broth fast to supercharge healing are great options. You can also use bone broth in cooking anytime you would use stock or water. I love using it to cook quinoa, rice, soups, sauces, and anything that goes in my Instant Pot. It gives food a rich flavor and is an easy way to dial up the nutrition. The gelatinous quality of the broth provides a satisfyingly thick texture to anything you add it to.
Bone broth may be a powerful ally for detoxifying the body. A protein component called glycine is extracted during the simmering process. Glycine plays an important role in the synthesis of antioxidants and helps flush toxins from the liver. It also has powerful anti inflammatory effects, making it useful for diseases associated with inflammation. Many swear by bone broth for healing a variety of digestive issues. The high concentration of collagen, keratin, protein and good fats make bone broth a wonderful beauty tonic for hair, skin and nails. The bones and marrow of healthy, pasture raised animals contain trace minerals that build our own bone strength, boost immunity and avoid deficiencies.
Make Sure To Always Choose High Quality Bones
It’s always important to eat quality meat, no matter if you’re eating steaks or cooking with tallow. When it comes to bones, it’s even more important to make sure your meat is well sourced. When animals are exposed to toxins throughout their lives, they accumulate most heavily in the bones and organs. This means that broth from bones that are not ethically raised could be anything but nourishing. It’s extremely important to make sure that bones come from pasture raised animals and are never exposed to hormones, steroids or antibiotics.
- 3-4 pounds bison broth bones or beef broth bones
- 1 large parsnip, roughly chopped
- 1 large onion, quartered
- 1 large clove of garlic, halved
- 2 ribs of celery sliced into large chunks
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
- Sea salt
- Green chile powder or red pepper flakes to taste
- Splash of apple cider vinegar
- Roast the bones. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and roast on a baking sheet for 25-30 minutes.
- When the bones have finished roasting, place them in a large stock pot. Add in all the other ingredients and fill the pot with water.
- Put the lid on the pot and bring it to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and simmer. Move the lid slightly to the side to let air flow.
- Cook the broth for 6-24 hours. The longer it cooks, the richer it will be in flavor and the more nutrients will be extracted from the bones. Continue to add more water as necessary during the cooking process.
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