I have been on a journey to get healthy for the past few years and was recently introduced to the benefits of drinking bone broth regularly.
According to my research animal bones are rich in minerals that make your immune system happy. They also contain healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline which make them excellent for those of us that suffer with joint pain.
Bones also contain collagen which can heal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation. Music to the ears of a girl that has IBS and horrible acid reflux.
A great way to get the goodness contained in these bones is by making bone broth (since ya know, I’m not gonna be cracking my teeth on animal bones.)
There are many many recipes out there for how to make bone broth but I thought I would share how we make it at our house with you.
You will need:
Chicken bones from 2 whole chickens (and chicken feet, yeah I know…sounds gross but they actually contain a lot of collagen.)
We actually buy 2 whole chickens and cook them in the crock pot one at a time. Just place a chicken in the crock pot and cover with water. Add sea salt, black pepper and garlic to suit your taste.
We also throw in some chopped carrots, celery and onions but you can add any veggies you like.
Cook on low for 10 hours (when the meat is falling off of the bones)
Remove the meat leave the bones, add the second chicken and add water to fill up crock pot (you may need to keep adding water as it cooks down) Cook again for 10 hours.
Remove the meat again and leave the bones (Now you have chicken to eat all week too!)
Cook on low for at least 12 hours or until the bones are brittle
Be sure to remove the fat that will rise to the top of the water from time to time.
We then put our broth into small mason jars while it is hot and this seals the jars. Let the jars cool off for a while. Then stick them in the freezer.
Note: Your broth should turn to a gel like consistency as it cools. Thats when you know you have great collagen filled bone broth! If it doesn’t you’ll know to cook it longer the next time.
(You can also let it cool for a bit and pour it in ice trays and then freeze. Then just pop out a cube and add it to food or heat it up to drink.)
That’s it. Happy bone broth-ing friends!
Have you ever tried making your own broth? Any tricks or tips that you can add? Comment below and let me know.