Updated: Jan 5, 2020
Bone broth is the darling of the health industry, and many food manufacturers are taking advantage of the craze by packaging this amazing stuff for sale. It provides easy-to-absorb, essential and non-essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins); collagen/gelatin, which help form connective tissue; and nutrients that support digestive functions, immunity and brain health. Athletes are all about this stuff, and new moms should be too! It is so simple and cheap to make, that anyone can do it at home. I like to use my crock pot to cook the broth overnight, but I also make it in a pot on the stove (I just don't leave it unattended, so it cooks in spurts). See which way works best for you. BONE BROTH
1-2 lbs chicken bones (you can also use beef, pork, or other animal bones, but I find chicken has the mildest flavor. A combination of chicken and other animal bones is also an option). 1-2 gallons water splash apple cider vinegar (this helps the minerals leach out of the bones) salt and pepper to taste Optional: For more flavor: Onions, Garlic, Carrots, Celery For more Collagen and Minerals: Chicken skin, feet, or and gristle Directions: Put all ingredients into a crock pot or large soup pot. Bring to a boil. Simmer on low for at least 4 hours - 24 hours is best. Strain goodies out of broth and discard. Enjoy sipping broth by itself, or use it to make soups, cook grains, or when adding liquid to a roux. May this broth nourish you in the darkness of winter so that you can emerge, healed and whole, when Spring arrives...
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