16 Mar What’s the Go with Bone Broth?
When I first heard about bone broth, I brushed it off as just another fad that probably has no long term substance to it. However, it got me thinking… given we process our own organic beef and the bones are nearly always wasted, if I could put them to good use too, it would be a bonus! Then, when I studied culinary nutrition, I learnt about the multitude of health benefits bone broths had and decided to give it a go.
From my learnings, I’d encourage you to start making your bone broths today! They are incredibly healthy and nutritious, and are a very inexpensive addition to any diet – wholesome food the budget cautious family can enjoy!
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is slightly different but similar to stocks or broths. Where these are cooked for a much shorter period of time, about 2 to 4 hours, bone broths are typically simmered up to and in excess of 24 hours. This process releases minerals from the bones and produces gelatin from the joints. The bones, with limited meat adhering to them, are usually roasted first to improve the bone broth flavour. Then they are simmered with some vegetables, herbs and spices.
Why Bone Broths are good for you…
Bone Broth is a wonderful way to nourish and heal your digestive health and energise your body. This is why it plays a critical role in the GAPS Diet. Here is a list of some health benefits bone broths provide:
– Rich in protein
– Source of minerals, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus
– Improve digestion
– Fight off allergies
– Boost immune system
– Supports digestive health
– Supports good skin health
– Supports bone health
– Know to reduce cellulite
– Promote hair growth
– Good for bone and teeth health
Other benefits of Bone Broth
Bone broths have many health benefits to offer and much more….
– Amazing taste and culinary uses
– Inexpensive to make your own. Save your leftover roast bones and vegetable scraps to make your bone broth.
– Can be made from beef, lamb, poultry, fish or vegetables.
– Bone broths are used to make other nutritious meals, like stews, soup, gravy etc. Use bone broth where a recipe would normally ask for stock or water to be added.
– Consume bone broth as a drink for a health boost.
– Freeze bone broth in Zestio Reusable Food Pouches for the kids to drink too. What a great nourishing snack for them. You can also use them as 150ml portion sizes in recipes – just defrost and pour into your favourite recipe.
– When sick, bone broth will make you feel better as it is easy to digest and supports the body to heal quicker.
How to make Bone Broth
Now that you know what bone broth can do for you, here is our basic formula for making beef bone broth. View our Beef Bone Broth recipe for more detailed instructions.
- Roast raw beef bones in oven.
- Roughly chop vegetables and place in your crock pot.
- Lay roasted beef bones on top of vegetables, add vinegar, garlic and extra herbs and spices.
- Cover with water and set crock pot on low for 12 to 48 hours.
- Remove larger bones and vegetable bits.
- Strain broth with fine mesh strainer and place in storage jars.
- Leave to cool and store in fridge or freezer.
The same recipe concept can be used with bones from other animals too, but I would adjust the simmering time as mentioned in our Beef Bone Broth Recipe
Other Bone Broth related articles
If our blog post has got you interested, then here are some other websites which contain excellent information too.
If you haven’t already, give bone broth a go in your kitchen. It’s nutritious, health boosting, inexpensive and easy!