Over the past year or two, you may have noticed a new type of storefront or kiosk containing a liquid that the vendor claims will change your life. (No, itÕs not coffee.) What you are witnessing is the rise of bone broth.
This generation has more knowledge of health than any generation that has preceded it. Furthermore, we now have scientific evidence and results from studies about how good health can impact happiness and well-being. Bone broth contains many substances that not only provides you with what your body needs, but also eliminates what may be preventing you from performing at your full potential. This leads us to the real question, how do you make this nourishing bone broth and why is it so good for you?
Many archeologists believe that bone broth dates back to prehistoric times when individuals would want to use every part of the animal and waste nothing. Some claim it was used in ancient Egypt as a legitimate form of medicine. That said, given the need for metal tools and containers, humans must have developed to a certain level before being able to create it. As soon as that was the case (especially after the Industrial Revolution), it was a staple in almost any kitchen. Napoleon was even believed to be a big fan and supply it to his troops. By the 1800 it had become a common food for the young old, sick, and ill.
What is it?
Unlike regular broth, bone broth benefits from cooking over a long period of time. While recipes range in complexity, the more you put into it the more you will get out when you taste it. Below is a very highly rated and tasty recipe for creating true bone broth.
- 2-4 lbs of beef, fish, or chicken bones
- 1 large onion
- 2 carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 cloves of garlic (add during last 30 minutes of cooking).
- Optional: 1 bunch of parsley, 1 tablespoon of sea salt, 1 teaspoon peppercorns, 1 leek, chicken feet.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Roast bones, carrots, onion, and garlic (and leek if using) for 20 minutes. Toss and roast 10 to 20 minutes more.
- Fill a large pot (or slow cooker) with 10-12 cups of water. Add celery, bay leaves, peppercorns (if using), and Apple Cider Vinegar. Add the roasted contents and juices to the pot. Make sure water is covering.
- Cover the pot and bring to a light boil. Reduce heat and simmer with lid slightly open. Remove excess fat and foam occasionally and cook anywhere from 8 to 24 hours (the longer you simmer it, the better it will be). Add more water to ensure bone and vegetables are fully submerged.
- Remove the pot from the heat and let cool. Strain broth and discard bones and vegetables. Let cool then refrigerate overnight. Remove solidified fat from the top of the chilled broth, heat, and enjoy.
Why is it so good for you?
There is a reason that so many cultures have embraced bone broth for generations as a comforting response to ailments. Below are just a few of the ways bone broth is good for you.
- Joint Health – Experts have found that bone broth is full of glycosaminoglycans which help create collagen that increase joint health. Most people lose collagen as they age, so this could help prevent future issues.
- Digestion – Gelatin is a large component of bone broth and can help prevent your intestinal lining from being too permeable and allowing too many nutrients to be lost. Sometimes undigested food can even get into the bloodstream which can have disastrous results.
- Eliminate Toxins – The liver can only do its job of eliminating toxins if it has access to certain amino acids. Fortunately, those acids are present in bone broth and drinking it can increase your liver’s ability to perform.
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