With the temperature dropping and winter coming keeping healthy is important to help stave of colds and other illnesses we are prone to in the winter months. Bone broths are rich in protein and a great source of minerals that support the immune system and contain healing compounds such as collagen, glutamine, glycine an proline. Bone broth also contains minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, Sulphur and others. Some of the benefits from consuming bone broth include joint protection, gut health, healthy skin, immune system function and detoxification properties which can give you that boost you need in the cold winter months where people are more prone to getting sick.
How to Make:
- Place bones into a large stock pot and cover with water. ( be sure to purchase animal products that are pasture-fed and free of antibiotics and hormones to unlock all the bone broth benefits)
- Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to water prior to cooking. This helps to pull out important nutrients from the bones.
- Fill stock pot with filtered water. Leave plenty of room for water to boil.
- Heat slowly. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for at least six hours. Remove scum as it arises.
- Cook slow and at low heat. Chicken bones can cook for 24 hours. Beef bones can cook for 48 hours. A low and slow cook time is necessary in order to fully extract the nutrients in and around the bone.
- You can also add in vegetables, such as onions, garlic, carrots and celery, for added nutrient value.
Roasting the bones to brown and caramelize them will create better flavor.