Bone broth…..it’s good for so many reasons. If you haven’t already heard about the benefits of consuming bone broth, here are a few.
- Joint health – bone broth is one of best sources of collagen, the main protein that makes us bones, skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone marrow.
- Gut health – the collagen found in bone broth is beneficial for restoring strength and integrity of the gut lining.
- Healthy skin, hair and nails – Collagen is responsible for maintaining skin’s youthful tone, texture and appearance. Collagen strengthens nails and can add volume to hair.
- Supports the immune system – Bone broth is one of the most beneficial foods to consume to restore gut health, which is turn supports immune system function.
- Supports detoxification – Bone broth contains potassium and glycine, which are nutrients used to support both cellular and liver detoxification.
If you haven’t yet made your own bone broth, here’s a simple crock-pot recipe for you.
~2-3 pounds free-range chicken bones (roughly the leftover bones of 1 roasted chicken)
~2 T apple cider vinegar
~1 large onion, chopped
~3-4 celery stalks, chopped
~salt, pepper, garlic to taste (optional)
- Place chicken bones in a crock-pot.
- Fill with filtered water, just covering bones.
- Add 2 T apple cider vinegar. This helps draw minerals from the bones.
- Turn crockpot on High and bring to a boil. Skim any impuritites (scum) that rises to the top.
- Turn crockpot setting to Low. Keep covered and simmer for 20-24 hours.
- Let broth cool, then strain the broth, removing all bones, onions, celery.
- Store broth in glass containers in the refrigerator. Skim off the fat that rises to the top and congeals.
- Broth can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. But can be stored in the freezer longer.
Use broth to make your own chicken or vegetable soup. Use it to as the liquid to cook rice. Use it in any recipes that call for broth/stock. OR Just enjoy a cup of broth by itself.