I’ve been buying bone broth once in a while and never really thought much of it. I bought it because I knew it was good for me but I didn’t realize all of the benefits that come from drinking it. Recently, I started reading about it so I could find out how good it actually is for you. Once I found out that is great for your joints, boosts your immune system, fights colds, decreases inflammation, promotes weight loss, strengthens bones, teeth and nails, supports muscle growth and much more.
When I first started reading about it, I decided not to buy it from the store. Instead I wanted to make it myself, so that I knew exactly what was in it and could control the quality of the bone broth. I actually, started making it for my dogs, Bailey and Riley. Over the last several months Bailey has been limping quite a bit because of arthritis in her elbow and ankle. I realized that bone broth is a great joint formula, because it contains glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid. All of which are common in joint formulas. Now I can make your own joint formula. Within a week I started making it for myself also.
It also contains collagen (promotes tissue development) and gelatin which you will notice after placing it in the refrigerator overnight (Not Bill Cosby’s Jello). It contains a number of amino acids (arginine (produces muscle gains and promotes fat loss), glycine (is an antioxidant that also decreases muscle breakdown and is a neurotransmitter) , proline (great for the skin, helps reduce cellulite) and glutamine (helps with muscle recovery and excellent for gut health).
Bone broth is very rich in minerals and other nutrients, including Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc.
Bone broth is pretty easy to make but takes time to make. You will save a lot of money making it yourself and can prepare quite a bit of it. In order to prepare it you will want to use beef or chicken bones and will want to have the bone marrow intact and should have some joints which contain the connective tissue.
I have been using femur bones, neck bones and also chicken feet ( which seem kind of gross to me but they are full of nutrients and are very inexpensive. I have had some people question me about practicing Voodoo when they see them on my counter. I just give them the evil eye and they leave me alone.
The ingredients that I have been using: All are Pasture Raised and Organic
3 or more pounds of bones or 10 or 12 chicken feet ( I have added 2 chicken feet to the beef bones)
2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (this will pull the nutrients out of the bones)
1 Onion (whole)
Several Celery Stalks or Fennel
1 inch of ginger
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
Bake the beef bones at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (make sure you turn them over. I did add salt and pepper to them and also put it in the pot)
Chicken feet have to be blanched and also have the membrane removed
Add bones to the pot
Add distilled water and cover the bones by about 2 inches
Add apple cider vinegar
Add the salt
Add Carrots and Onion
During the last 30 minutes of cooking ad the garlic and parsley
Boil for 1 hour and then simmer for 72 hours. I have also used a crockpot.
Remove any foam that come to the top during the first couple hours.
When you are done cooking it, strain out all of the bones and everything else you put into the pot. The bones should have been bare going into the pot but there will still be some bits of meat.
Put the liquid in the refrigerator overnight.
Remove from the refrigerator and remove the layer of fat on top. You should have a gelatin.
You can keep it into the fridge for up to a week and store in the freezer for a longer period of time.
You can add other ingredients to it when you are preparing a meal. I like adding an egg along with some salt and pepper if it doesn’t have enough in it already.
Not only did this blow away what I bought in the store but I think it is a higher quality. Making bone broth is the real deal. I love this stuff and so do Bailey and Riley.