Making bone broth

2013-12-18T00:01:00Z 2013-12-19T08:21:34Z Making bone brothLeanne Ely - Dinner Diva Daily Herald
December 18, 2013 12:01 am  • 

Bone broth is one of the most nutritious things people can put in their body. Made by simmering animal bones in water over the course of 36-72 hours, bone broth is a delicious, healing elixir.

All those minerals from the bones are infused into the liquid through the simmering, being leeched out with the help of cider vinegar, leaving a healing concoction that provides many nutritional benefits including stronger teeth and bones, better gut health and relief from joint pain.

This time of year, when people are all trying to avoid the flu, increase the daily intake of bone broth as it also helps to boost the immune system.

For this reason, have a crock pot bubbling away with this wonderful liquid and drink some in the morning and eat at least one bowl of soup, bone broth based, every day.

To make bone broth: Put bones in a pot with some onion, organic celery, carrots, herbs and a few cloves of garlic. Add a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the works to help leech the minerals and nutrients out of the bones.

Bring broth to a boil and then let it simmer for at least 12 hours, but preferably for up to 72 hours. This process doesn't have to take place continuously. Cook the soup during the day and turn off the stove when going to bed. Then, turn it back on the next day, and so on and so forth.

Strain the broth. If done just right, the broth should gelatinize when refrigerated overnight. This gelatin is the key to what makes the broth so nutritious.

Here are some suggestions of ways to get a two-cup serving of bone broth in on a daily basis: Replace a hot morning drink of tea or coffee with a steaming hot cup of bone broth; make a simple egg drop soup by stirring a cracked egg into a simmering pot of broth; use bone broth as a stock for vegetable or beef soups or stews. Stir some bone broth into braising liquids as often as possible.

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