Bone Broth

homemade-bone-broth-in-a-jar “Indeed, stock is everything in cooking…without it nothing can be done.” Auguste Escoffier

Broth or stock as some call it is one of the most nutritious of foods. In many cultur­­es it is consumed almost daily. Ancient cultures would not think of throwing out the bones, the place that holds the essence of the animal. They knew to slowly cook them with water and maybe other herbs and ingredients to extract the precious life giving nutrients from them.

Chinese medicine says that the bones hold “jing”, also thought of as our essence. Once depleted by stress and poor diet, it is hard to replenish. Consuming things like broth on a regular basis helps to balance and replenish this. Not only does broth warm the digestive fire and ready it for more food, but it provides minerals and gelatin.

Gelatin, often just thought of only for dessert, is extremely nutritious and healing. It helps us to build strong bones, hair, teeth, and fingernails and is also very good for digestion. It is hydrophilic which helps to keep the mucosal lining of the intestines in good shape.

You can use any kind of bones you have access to. The traditional bones we most commonly use to make broth are beef and chicken bones, but you may also use lamb, turkey, fish, seafood, duck, venison, buffalo or any other bones you can find.

How to Prepare Bone Broth
 
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Serves: 3 quarts
Ingredients
  • Bones – preferably soup, shank, ribs, marrow, oxtail or knuckle bones; if using chicken – try to salvage the feet and head along with the other bones for an extra rich broth; extra tough cuts of meat will give extra flavor as well. (You can also use pork bones as well as any wild game animal or fish bones)
  • Filtered Cold Water to cover
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • (Optional) – Veggies like potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, parsley, thyme, rosemary, nettle or any other medicinal herb
Instructions
  1. Optional Tip: You can ignore this first step to save time, but for a more robust flavor, it is best to roast the bones first. Simply place the bones in a large baking pan or casserole dish and bake at 400 degrees for about 1 hour or until browned.
  2. Transfer bones to a large crock pot or stock pot and cover with cold water.
  3. Bring to a boil and skim off the scum that will rise to the top.
  4. Turn down to a simmer or low.
  5. Add the vinegar and salt.
  6. If you can, let this broth cook for 36-72 hours. You may need to add more water as it evaporates.
  7. The minimum amount of cooking time would be 6 hours, but overnight is best.
Notes
The longer you cook the bones, the more medicinal your broth will be. Store the broth in pint or 1-quart mason jars and add a little bit of fat to the surface of the broth in each jar before sealing with mason jar top. This will help preserve the broth. Once your broth cools, it may become jelled. This means you have a gelatin-rich broth. will liquefy when heated. The broth will keep for about 5 days in the refrigerator or may be frozen for several months. You can freeze glass jars as long as you leave 2 inches of air space at the top. Use to make soups, stews and sauces, to cook your grains and beans, or to drink before meals or anytime.

 

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