What is Bone Broth?
Anyone that loves to cook knows that broth of some sort is the basis of every great recipe. It can help make soups, gravies or can even help marinate meat as it cooks. That being said, there are tons of different types of broth and one that is quickly gaining in popularity is bone broth. So what is bone broth?
Bone broth is a broth or soup that is made from simmering bones that have a small amount of meat still on the bones as well as a bit of marrow still within the bones. So what makes this type of broth different?
It is generally very rich in flavor, it is full of collagen for the joints, and it also has some of the minerals that are contained in the bones as well. This is a great way to use up bones that you have left over from dinner.
Bone broth is a great way to get extra nutrients from a part of the animal that many people tend to just throw out. Bone broth can help add nutrients to just about any dish and is rich in flavor making it a unique twist on traditional broths and stews that we see every day. It is also very easy to make at home to help use up leftovers.
7 Benefits of Bone Broth
Bone broth is something that more and more people are experimenting with and for good reason. Bone broth has a ton of added health benefits as well as flavor benefits. Here are 7 reasons why bone broth is a great alternative to traditional stock.
1. Added Minerals
The first benefit of bone broth is that it has tons of added minerals that are not found in things like stock. The added minerals are not only great for your skin and overall health, but the added calcium from boiling the bones for hours as well as the magnesium and phosphorus in the broth can help make your bones stronger. Your body uses tons of calcium and other minerals each day and bone broth is just one easy and delicious way to add these essential minerals back into your body.
2. Joint Health Support
Bone broth is rich in collagen, an essential building block for healthy joints. As we age the natural lubricant and collagen in our joints tends to break down and become less shock absorbent and less movable. As a result, we get stiff, we get aches, and we get to the point where we cannot do what we once did. With the added collagen from bone broth, we can work to naturally replace some of the collagen that we have lost to aging making for a much more comfortable day to day.
3. Heals Your Gut
Our intestines are the center of our bodies. They process the food we eat so that we can get the most from it, they help us feel great, and they can also be the center of tons of health issues. Those that do suffer from leaky gut syndrome have small holes in their intestines which allows waste back into the body which can be very uncomfortable. The gelatin in bone broth can help to seal up these holes and protect those that do not have leaky guy syndrome from ever getting it.
4. Look Younger
As we age our bodies lose moisture and they tend to lose collagen and resilience from the skin as well. For those that want to stay looking younger, the collagen in bone broth may be enough to help plump the skin and help the skin to keep moisture sealed in rather than losing it. Bone broth can help replace lost collagen and can help you look years younger and who doesn’t want that? Bone broth can help make your skin plumper, smoother, and have less fine lines as well by replacing essential oils that we lose as we age.
5. Immune Support
One of the main benefits of bone broth is the added minerals that we get from the simmered bones. Minerals are at the core of our immune systems and when we are deficient, we are far more likely to fall ill. Bone broth can help to restore these minerals and help to balance out the immune system so that you can feel better and so that you do not have to worry about getting sick from a weak immune system. Know how your mom’s chicken soup always makes you feel better? Bone broth works similarly by not only making you feel warm and cozy, but by actually boosting your immune system.
6. Better Sleep
For those that have trouble sleeping, the glycine in bone broth has been found to help some people improve their sleep and even improve their memory. Our brains are a mass of fatty tissue and as such, they need fats to maintain health and balance. The glycine in bone broth helps to keep our brains conditioned and has been found to improve sleep and help you get to sleep faster as well. Bone broth is also soothing and can be eaten before bed as it is a bit easier on the stomach than something like chips.
7. Better Skin, Hair, and Nails
For those that have breakouts, dry skin, problem skin, dry hair, or nails that peel and break, bone broth might be the solution you need. As with the replacement of collagen in your joints, bone broth works to help replace essential fats and oils that we lose from day to day. Bone broth also gives us the essential nutrients that we need which mean we can get better skin, hair and nails just by eating this tasty broth. For those that do have skin issues, bone broth may be the natural remedy that you are looking for to restore a youthful glow to your skin.
These are just a few wonderful benefits when it comes to bone broth and they are limitless.
How to Make Bone Broth
Bone broth is simpler to make than you might imagine. There are of course a few more steps than something like a vegetable stock but the end result is well worth it.
Ingredients: What You Need
- 4 pounds of beef bones with marrow
- 4 chopped celery stalks
- 4 chopped carrots
- 2 medium onions that have been peeled and quartered
- 4 smashed garlic cloves with the peels
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp whole peppercorn (any color)
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 5 or 6 sprigs of parsley
- 3 sprigs of fresh, not dried, thyme
- 18 to 20 cups of water, this will be added as you go
- Large cooking vessel
Directions: How To Prepare
STEP 1: Ready your ingredients
You first want to make sure everything is cut, washed, and prepped for cooking. Make sure veggies are of similar sizes and that they all fit into the cooking vessel that you have chosen. A large Dutch oven or pot is perfect.
STEP 2: Add Ingredients
This is a one pot and done recipe. Add all your ingredients into the pot and cover with water. If your pot does not hold the entire 18 to 20 cups of water simply add as much as you can then add more as it cooks down.
STEP 3: Simmer for at least 12 hours
You can get away with only simmering for 12 hours if that is the time that you have. If you have more time, the longer the better when it comes to getting the absolute most out of your bones and out of your finished broth.
STEP 4: Remove from heat
You then want to remove your broth from the heat and allow it to start to cool. You do not want to try to strain boiling hot broth.
STEP 5: Strain
You now need to remove the solids and strain the broth. It should be clear and the bones should crumble when pressed between the thumb and pointer finger. You then want to allow the broth to cool entirely before you start to store.
STEP 6: Storage
You can freeze your broth for up to 3 months but when it is placed in the fridge you want to use it within a week of making it. This is great for soups, for braising liquid, for gravy and for just about any application you can imagine.
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