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  • Writer's pictureSandra Loch

Bone Broth Elixir

Updated: Dec 10, 2023

Bone broth is considered to be nutritious and beneficial for several reasons:

  1. Rich in Nutrients: Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones, which are a good source of essential nutrients, including vitamins (such as B vitamins) and minerals (like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus). Additionally, it contains amino acids and collagen, which are vital for overall health.

  2. Collagen and Gelatin: As bone broth simmers, collagen and gelatin are released from the bones and connective tissues. These compounds can benefit the health of your skin, hair, nails, and joints. Consuming collagen-rich foods may help improve skin elasticity and reduce joint pain.

  3. Gut Health: Bone broth can promote gut health due to its high gelatin content. Gelatin helps to seal the gut lining, which can be beneficial for people with leaky gut syndrome or other digestive issues. It may also support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.

  4. Joint Health: The cartilage and collagen in bone broth can help maintain joint health and reduce inflammation. This may be particularly useful for individuals with arthritis or joint pain.

  5. Immune System Support: The amino acids in bone broth, such as glycine and arginine, have been associated with immune system support. A warm bowl of broth when you're feeling under the weather can provide comfort and nourishment.

  6. Hydration: Bone broth is a hydrating and easily digestible source of fluids, making it a good choice when you're sick or need to stay hydrated. The added minerals can be especially helpful for replenishing electrolytes.

  7. Easily Digestible: The long, slow cooking process breaks down the components in bone broth, making it easier to digest. It's often recommended for individuals with sensitive stomachs or those recovering from illness.

  8. Bone Health: The minerals in bone broth, such as calcium and phosphorus, can support bone health and density.

  9. Amino Acids: Amino acids like proline and glycine found in bone broth play essential roles in the body. Proline, for instance, is important for skin health and the synthesis of collagen. Glycine is involved in detoxification and the production of antioxidants.





It's important to note that while bone broth can provide various health benefits, it should be part of a balanced diet, and its effects may vary from person to person. Additionally, the quality of the bones and ingredients used can impact the nutritional content of the broth. Homemade bone broth can be particularly nutritious because you have control over the quality of the ingredients and the cooking process.


RECIPE


Ingredients:

  • 900-1350 grams of bones (chicken, beef, lamb, or a combination)

  • 200 grams of carrots, chopped

  • 160 grams of celery, chopped

  • 150 grams of onion, chopped

  • 20-30 grams of garlic, smashed

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 15-30 grams of apple cider vinegar (helps extract minerals from the bones)

  • 10-15 grams of salt (adjust to taste)

  • 5-10 grams of black peppercorns

  • Water (about 4-5 liters)


Method:


Prepare the Ingredients: Gather your bone selection, ensuring they are clean.

Wash and chop the vegetables (carrots, celery, and onion).

Smash the garlic cloves.

Measure the bay leaves, apple cider vinegar, salt, and black peppercorns.


Roast the Bones (Optional): Preheat your oven to 200°C (392°F).

If you want to enhance the flavour, place the bones on a baking tray and roast them for about 30-45 minutes until they're nicely browned. This step is optional but adds depth to the broth.


Start Simmering: Place the roasted or unroasted bones in a large stockpot or slow cooker.

Add the chopped vegetables, garlic, bay leaves, apple cider vinegar, salt, and black peppercorns.


Cover with Water: Fill the pot with about 4-5 liters of cold water, or enough to cover the bones and vegetables completely.


Simmer Gently: Slowly bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.

Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer gently. You want it to barely bubble.


Skim and Simmer: As it simmers, you may notice impurities rising to the surface. Skim off these impurities with a spoon or strainer. This helps to clarify the broth.


Simmer for Hours: Let the broth simmer for a long time—ideally 12-24 hours for chicken bones or 24-48 hours for beef bones. The longer it simmers, the richer and more flavourful it will become.


Strain and Store: Once the broth is rich and flavourful, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a clean container to remove the bones, vegetables, and other solids.


Cool and Store: Allow the broth to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate it. The fat will rise to the top and solidify, making it easy to remove. You can store the broth in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze it for longer-term storage.


Use as Needed: Use your homemade bone broth as a base for soups, stews, sauces, or simply enjoy it as a nourishing, warm drink.


Remember that this recipe is quite versatile, and you can adjust the ingredients and cooking time to suit your preferences. Enjoy your homemade bone broth!



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