Remember the old wives tale of drinking chicken soup when sick?
Well, as in many things it turns out that past generations really knew what they were doing. Chicken soup is often made by boiling the chicken, bones and all, over a low heat. And it’s cooking the bones that creates the healing magic.
Bone broth is made by boiling bones, be it chicken, beef, lamb or fish bones over a low heat and for a long time. This releases healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine that have the power to transform your health. Bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. These compounds & minerals can help to heal the gut by restoring the gut lining which is why we make bone broth.
Bone broth is nutrient dense, very easy to digest and so gives your gut a rest while doing it’s healing work. It also helps with joint health, is great for the skin due to the collagen released from the bones and boosts your immunity.
It seems like a cup a day will truly keep the doctor away!
We have made a couple of batches so far and we are not purists. We add veggies and some garlic so we have a bone broth come veggie stock which is so tasty on it’s own and gives a wonderful flavour to soups and stews. If we were using bone broth as part of a GAPS diet we would not be adding anything to the broth. But I have to say the way we make it, it tastes divine.
We have also only made chicken bone broth so far. We have been told that chicken makes the mildest bone broth and wanted to use a mild flavour as an introduction to the kiddies and so have a chance of success. Can’t say that they love drinking bone broth yet so we are giving them small amounts daily and then using lots of broth in cooking.
We thoroughly recommend organic meat. As you are drawing nutrients out of the bones, you will also draw out any nasties hidden there. Organic meat is expensive but you can get organic chicken frames (or carcases) quite cheaply. These frames still have a bit of meat on them and are good value. They come in a two pack and are perfect for a batch of bone broth. I roast the frames before using them, although you don’t have to. The bone broth will be tastier if you do. I pop the frames in the oven when using the oven for another dish and let them cook for about 30min. They are then ready to use.
The secret ingredient to bone broth is apple cider vinegar. This helps to draw the nutrients from the bones. Try to use raw apple cider vinegar where possible.
This is my favourite kind of recipe. Easy to the extreme!
- 2 organic chicken frames (carcases)
- 1 tbsp of raw organic apple cider
- 2L of filtered water
- salt and pepper
- (option: 3 carrots roughly chopped)
- (option: 2 onions roughly chopped)
- (option: 2 parsnips roughly chopped)
- (option: 3 cloves of garlic chopped finely)
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
- Cook on a Low heat for 24 hours
- Allow to cool so that the fat solidifies on the top of the broth.
- Strain through a fine sieve- this will capture most of the fat.
- Store in glass jars in the fridge and freeze what you won't use in a few days. The broth will last up to a week in the fridge.
- Drink warmed or use as a base for soups, stews and casseroles.
This is such an quick dish to prepare and I love that it is nourishing and healing us as we drink it. It will form the back bone of our diet moving forward and I am so grateful that it’s tasty!