If you haven’t already read my two-part series on the medicinal qualities of bone broth, I’ll quickly fill you in. Bone broths are a cure for upper respiratory ailments, they promote healing, support digestion, contain highly absorbable minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium), bolster bone, joint and skin healing, aid in detoxification and support the immune system. Bone broths are the end all, be all, cure all, when it comes to staying healthy during the cold and flu season. If you have been unfortunate, and have caught a bug, this liquid gold is truly the healthiest cold medicine. The best part, you can’t overdose on it and it carries no ill side effects!
We enjoy chicken bone broth on a regular basis, however, with a recent purchase of a side of beef, we were thrilled to see beef soup bones in our box. Making bone broth is really simple, all you need are bones, veggies, spices, vinegar, water and patience. Depending on your cooking method, it may require more or less.
Start with 5 lbs. of grass fed beef soup bones. Meaty bones equals delicious bone broth! If you can’t find soup bones, ask the butcher. They have them, you may just need to ask. Don’t hold your breath, but I have heard of people getting them for free!
Into a stock pot, slow cooker or pressure cooker goes the roasted bones, carrots and onions. To this add a few stalks of celery, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, a bay leaf, some apple cider vinegar and enough water to cover it all. And the pan drippings. Don’t forget the pan drippings. Directions for each cooking method is a little different but all produce a healing bone broth.
When bone broth is done, fish out the solids with a slotted spoon and pour through a fine mesh sieve into heat-proof jars. Once cool, refrigerate overnight. In the morning that layer of fat you see will be hard, scoop it out. What is left is something that resembles meat “jelly”. This is a sign of a good bone broth. You want it to jiggle. Heat turns it to liquid gold!
Want to learn more about bone broth?
Check out the e-book Bone Broth A Recipe For Health to learn more about the history and healing power of real bone broth. This book also provides bone broth recipes from several of the leaders of the whole foods and paleo diet movement including Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple, Lea from Paleo Spirit, Jordan Reasoner of SCD Lifestyle, Christa Oreccio from The Whole Journey, Sally Fallon Morrell from the Weston A. Price Foundation and myself.