Now that it is getting cooler in the mornings, sipping on warm immunity-building bone broth along with breakfast is a great way to start off the day. Yes, you read that right. Bone broth. If you haven’t seen all the craze about the amazing benefits on bone broth, you may be in for a surprise. (According to seemingly every expert on the internet these days,) it is an absolute superfood and it is really, really good for you. It seals and protects your gut, relieves joint pain, gives your body a super boost of immunity defense and can even remineralize your teeth. (The perfect antidote to help with Crohn’s symptoms, right??)
Ever wonder why we have been told for years to have chicken soup when we are sick? Well, it’s not the so much the chicken and carrots that make us feel better. It’s the actual bone broth.
Between the crispy temperatures and the craziness of running around with school and work, starting the day off with a deliciously soothing and nutrient packed broth is an easy way to fight the colds off before they even start. And as a bonus, it is absolutely delicious.
Start getting into the habit of bone broth on hand whenever possible and your immunity system will greatly thank you for it. You’d be surprised how quickly you can run through it, especially when you start to just drink it plain. There are so many ways to add it to your diet. Whether it is added to soups, gravies, or drizzled over roasted veggies, broth adds a rich flavor to any meal. Store it in the freezer in jars or ice cube trays for easy access and you will always be glad you have it around.
HOW TO MAKE BONE BROTH
By far, the easiest way to ensure you always have bone broth is to make it in a slow cooker. Using a slow cooker allows you to consistently have some kind of broth stewing, without having to think or worry about it because the longer you cook it, the better. No need to watch the clock or rush home to get it off the stove this way.
Whenever you cook anything that has bones in it, simply save the bones, put it in a baggie and stash it in the freezer until you have enough to start a stock. Chicken stock seems to be the best for a healthy gut. Beef and fish broths are full of great flavor, but keep in mind that you are extracting EVERYTHING from the bones…organic and natural foods are best.
The beauty of homemade bone broth is that you can flavor it any way you’d like and make sure to avoid any foods that you can’t tolerate. Garlic, onions, carrots and celery are always easy go to items that add great depth of flavor and are almost always in the fridge. Some people handle leeks better, and chose to use them in place of onions. Adding a bay leaf is always a favorite flavor in broths. If you are looking to add even more immunity building power, add spices such as ginger
. Experiment with your spices, there are so many options!! You can add beef ox tails for more flavor as well (a common ingredient in the Vietnamese broth Pho.)
Step by Step:
- Pour water over the bones and spices to the top of the crock pot and cook on low for 24-36 hours.
- Once you are done cooking, remove the broth from heat and strain the liquid into a large pan or bowl.
- Let it cool in the fridge until a “fat cap” hardens on the top of the broth.
- Remove the fat, and store the broth in freezer friendly containers that work best for you. (Keep the fat stored in baggies in the freezer as well to flavor gravies or to spread on toast like butter!)
- * Make sure to heat the broth up on the stove, and not the microwave or you’ll lose those precious nutrients.
Once you have made bone broth, you will see just how easy it is. The most important thing is to plan ahead because it takes awhile. Start getting into the habit of saving all of your scraps, both bones and veggies alike, and you can always start stewing up or adding to your broth. Here are some of my favorite recipes to get you started: