I started making bone broth a year ago and love it! It has become a staple in my home.
Here are some benefits of drinking bone broth on a regular basis!
Bone broth is rich is nutrients:
Minerals – calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, these are easily absorbed in the body and helps keep our own bones and teeth health and strong
Glucosamine and chondroitin – helps decrease effects of arthritis and joint pain.
Arginine – support heart health
Glavine – support body’s detoxification and digestion
Proline – good skin health
Gelatin– improves collagen – supports skin health – helps nails and hair grow well and strong
Bone broth supports adrenal health.
Fats in bone broth restore gut health and therefore increase the absorption rate of minerals present in broths.
Benefits can include shinier hair, improved digestion, reduced joint pain, reduced inflammation in the body.
If you want even more details on the benefits of bone broth, you can check out this great article.
To make your own.
Buy organic, grass fed bones as much as possible. I purchase soup or “dog” bones from a local rancher who sells beef at the farmer’s market. I find that 3-4 big knuckles work in my large stock pot. 2-3 would work in a crock pot.
Cook with organic veggies such as garlic, onions, potatoes, carrots and celery. I usually cut up at least 2-3 cups. Add a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to pull more nutrients out of the bones.
For the last 6-12hr consider adding herbs to the broth, options include:
Coriander, cumin and fennel
Lemongrass, ginger, and kiffer lime leaves.
Feel free to experiment to find what you like.
Bring to a boil and then skim off any form. Turn down to simmer and cover.
Cook at simmer for a long time! I usually simmer mine for 48-72hrs. The longer the better to get the nutrients out of the bones and for a richer, taster broth.
Store in glass jars or make ice cubes out of them. I love the quart sized mason jars. For ice cubes invest in some silicone, BPA ones.
During the cooler months I drink a little each morning. I add a little extra salt and cayenne pepper and it is a great way to start my day. Or I add some fresh veggies to make a tasty soup. I use it for a base in many other recipes.