When you make soup or have a recipe that calls for broth/stock, do you have a homemade version tucked away in your freezer, or do you always resort to the grocery store carton/can? When skimming a bone broth recipe you will anticipate to see bones (from chicken, cattle, duck, bison, fish) and any type of vegetable/herbs (celery, carrots, onions, garlic. See recipe below). However, the store versions quite often have wheat in them, so be cautious.
Most recently, I have made the change to make my own bone broth. Why? There are many reasons from flavor to health and below I have itemized a few of my favorite reasons.
- Homemade bone broths are richer in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants (especially calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, which are essential for bone health) . Most importantly, bone broth is also particularly rich in two very special amino acids: proline and glycine.
- Proline and glycine support our connective tissue and act as glue in our body’s; or contribute to how we stick together. Glycine also has a strong role in digestive health and the nervous system. So when you are feeling ill, chicken soup may not only be a placebo, but traditionally made soup can really nourish and repair you. Proline can also reverse atherosclerosis, aka heart disease. Proline helps relax our vessels and loosen the build-up of cholesterol.
- Homemade bone broths contain bone marrow, cartilage and gelatin. Have I lost you yet? Don’t go anywhere, because this is worth knowing. All of the above help repair bone health along with our digestive tract. A strong, healthy digestion can make or break our health. A few gastro incidents may seem minor but food is broken down there, and transferred to our cells, making our health what it is. If you digestive tract is weak bone broth can be the perfect super food for you. This information also applies for those that have recently removed gluten from from your diet and/or those who are gluten and dairy sensitive.
- Traditional Chinese paradigm touts bone broth nourishes our kidneys, adrenals, teeth, supports our vital essence (chi), and builds blood. Environmental, physical and emotional put all of the above at risk.
Chicken Bone Broth Recipe:
- Carcasse from two chickens
- 2 medium yellow onions, halved
- 2 cups of carrots, organic, washed and cut in half
- 8 celery stalks, washed and cut into thirds
- 8 cloves of garlic (whole)
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tsp sea salt/Himalayan salt
- 1 gallon cold water (or at least cover the ingredients)
- Place chicken carcasses, vegetables, garlic and bay leaves into a big stock pot.
- Fill with enough water to just cover the ingredients.
- Cover and bring to a boil on top of the stove, then turn down the heat to keep a simmer for 6 hours, stirring every half hour.
- Let the stock simmer with lid off for the last hour.
- Strain all the ingredients and use as the base for stews, soups or on it’s own.