10 Dec Why is bone broth good for you
Bone broth has been part of my healing diet for the last year, and I am so glad. I hadn’t really ever thought of it as something to value or even try until I had my own digestive issues. I drink some pretty much every day now. I love to have it for breakfast or just as I am thinking what to cook for dinner. It really is a soothing feeling when you drink a warm cup of delicious bone broth, you almost feel it healing and soothing your body from the inside out.
It is so incredibly simple to make and can be used as the base for soups, curries, stirfries, stews almost any dish with some meat and vegetables in it. I just drink it straight most of the time.
Why is bone broth good for you?
Bone broth is incredibly healing, and for those with digestive issues or any sort of gut flora imbalance it can be incredibly soothing and nourishing. It contains nutrients that we find hard to source from our modern diet including collagen, gelatin and glucosamine. These are nutrients that are required for strong bones, joints and a healthy digestive system. Including this into your diet could be the nutrient kick you need. If you are consuming a good clean healthy ancestral diet already then adding in some bones could help ensure you are getting the minerals and vitamins that your body requires.
The other fantastic thing is that buying bones is so cheap! I have found that my local supermarket has bags of bones near the end of the fridge section, and they still have meat on them. So by the time I have cooked them for 8 hours the meat melts off the bone and I have not only broth for days, but also some really good meat for a few meals.
How to make bone broth
You can make broth from any bones. Whenever you cook chicken, save up the carcasses and when you have 5 or 6 just throw them in the slow cooker overnight with a little vinegar and cover with water. You don’t need vinegar, but this helps draw out more of the minerals you are after. I then throw in some bay leaves or garlic/onions, whichever is handy.
What you are after at the end of the day is a gelatinous broth when cooled in the fridge. This is how you can tell you have extracted all the good nutritious parts from the bones. It is like jelly. The best bones to create this are the joints and knuckles. If you can get hold of femurs and longer bones with marrow, you are also getting in even more nutrients.
Check out my healing bone broth recipe here