Did you know...? Bone broth is one of the most mineral rich source of nourishment for humankind throughout the ages! It is a traditional remedy across cultures for the sick and weak. A classic folk treatment for colds and flu, it has also been used historically for ailments that affect connective tissues such as the GI tract, joints, skin, lungs, muscle, bones and blood. Bone broth is a valuable food and valuable medicine!
It contains nutrients from both the bone and cartilage of the animal, including:
· Minerals: magnesium, sodium, calcium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus
· Amino acids: proline, lysine, glycine
· And several other nutrients great for joints and connective tissue (including intestines): keratin sulfate, hyaluronic acid, hydroxyproline, hydroxylysine and chondroitin sulfate
Bones - from poultry, fish, beef or lamb (can be cooked bones, raw bones, a whole carcass, or just parts)
Water - cold water, enough to just cover the bones OR 2 cups water per 1 lb bones
Vinegar (apple cider, red or white wine, rice or balsamic vinegar) - a splash, or 2 tbsp per quart water
Combine bones, water and vinegar in a pot or crockpot. Bring to a simmer, remove any scum that has risen to the top, reduce heat and simmer (anywhere from 6-48 hours for chicken, 12-72 hours for beef).
If using a crockpot, you can put it on a "low" setting and just walk away for 12-24 hours.
Strain broth through a colander or sieve, lined with cheesecloth for a clearer broth. Discard the bones.
If you wish to remove the fat for use in gravy, use a gravy separator while broth is warm, or skim the fat off the top once refrigerated. Broth may be frozen for months or kept in the refrigerator for about 5 days.
Bone broth can also be used for: the base of soups, cooking liquid (instead of water, add to rice, beans or other grains), gravy, or tea.
Reference for bone broth: Soaring Crane Natural Health.