Have you heard of bone broth? Maybe you’ve heard it mentioned but aren’t quite sure exactly what the fuss is about and why it is praised by so many healers and health coaches. Today I'm going to share the health benefits as well as how to make healthy bone broth.
What is Bone Broth?
How To Make Healthy Bone Broth
The easiest way to make your first batch of bone broth is to start with a cooked chicken. Roast it yourself or head to your local market and pick up a free-range rotisserie chicken. Pull the cooked meat off the chicken. You can store the meat in the fridge to make chicken noodle or rice soup with the bone broth you’re about to make.
The Benefits Of Making Bone Broth
It’s Good For You
Alternative to Eating Meat
If you are vegetarian and feel depleted or have been diagnosed with anemia because of a lack of essential animal-based protein, bone broth may be a healthy compromise for you without having to eat the meat itself.
More health benefits of adding bone broth to your diet:
More Bone Broth Health Benefits
- Builds the blood (important for women)
- Healing for arthritis
- Good for leaky gut syndrome
- Good for digestion
- Strengthens immunity
- Improves sleep disorders
- Increase energy
- Calms the mind
Different Ways Of Making Bone Broth
- Use a stockpot on the stove
- Use a crockpot
- Make something called perpetual broth where you continually cook and use the broth
Stock Pot Bone Broth
Crock Pot Bone Broth
Perpetual Bone Broth
What Bones Can You Use To Make Bone Broth
Bone broth can be made from just about any type of bone. But for best results, make sure you include some larger bones containing marrow and some knuckles and/or feet (chicken) to get plenty of collagen. Let’s look at some of the different types of bones you can use and where to find them.
Here’s something easy. Chicken bones are the perfect “gateway” bones to make your first batch of bone broth. Go buy a nice organic chicken. Roast it and enjoy the meat for dinner. Toss everything else into a large stockpot, cover with water and simmer for at least 12 hours.
If you’re in a rush, you can even pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. It’s a great way to make sure you’re using up every little bit of the bird.
If you have a farmer in your area that raises chickens for meat or eggs, ask what they do with the bones. You may just find a source of chicken bones free of charge. You can make broth from raw bones, but the flavor will be better if you roast them in the oven first.
Turkey works as well as chicken, but you may want a larger pot. Don't toss your turkey carcass leftover from Thanksgiving or Christmas… Make a batch of broth. It freezes well and you can store it in containers until you’re ready to use it.
You can boil bones several times to make more batches of broth. Make one batch to freeze and then another one to use right away. Use less water the second time around to still get a flavorful broth.
Beef and Pork Bones
Both beef and pork bones make for a more robust broth. They can be a little bit harder to find though. Talk to the butcher at your local grocery store and ask him to save the bones for you. Sometimes you can even find soup bones in the meat department.
Your local farmer's market is another great place to source your bones. Talk to the farmers. Even if they don’t raise beef or pork themselves, they can get you in touch with someone who does.
Roast your bones before you make the broth for best results. Just spread them out on a baking dish and bake at 450 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Allow them to cool until they are comfortable and safe to handle. Put the bones in a large stockpot, add plenty of water and boil for at least 12 hours. Use a combination of marrow bones and knuckle bones to get the best broth with the most health benefits.
Bison and Wild Game Bones
If you’re lucky enough to have a hunter in the family, ask him to save the bones for you. Or call up your local game processing business and ask about buying bones from deer.
The same goes for bison bones. If you have a bison farm in the area, it is worth making a call. While you’re there, pick up some ground bison too for some of the tastiest burgers you’ve ever had.
How To Use Bone Broth In Cooking
Make Bone Broth Cubes
A Base For Soups and Stews
Pasta and Rice
1 Cup at Mealtime
Storing and Freezing Bone Broth
Storing Bone Broth In The Fridge
Freezing Bone Broth For Long Term Storage
Adding Variety to Your Bone Broth With Veggies and Spices
- Salt and Peppercorns
- Onion powder
- Green onion
- Curry Powder
- Braggs Liquid Aminos
- Hot sauce
Bone broth is an amazing food that you should include in your diet. I hope I was able to give you a better understanding of its benefits so you'll use bone broth whenever possible.
6 CommentsLeave a Reply
I love home made soups and I like to create them. My mother used to use bone broth, and I learned from her, but somehow drifted away from this method of cooking., but reading this has inspired me to try it again! I like the idea of using a slow cooker, so I do not have to worry about running dry, or boiling over. I will try this.
I have never used pork bones before, but I may try this also.
When you roast the bones, do you add seasoning at this point?
Hi Judith, I can’t speak to pork bones, since I don’t eat pork… But, I see no reason why you couldn’t! I would most likely season upon roasting and then again when you make the broth.
Thanks for your great article on bone broth it is really interesting.
I am in the healthy nutrition niche myself so really appreciated your time to write this blog I found it very helpful.
Maybe a strange question but how long can you keep a bone broth in the freezer?
Thanks in advance?
Hi Mitchell! Some references say up to one year, but personally, I wouldn’t freeze it any longer than a few months… but that’s just me I suppose. If something is frozen, yes, the nutrients are preserved, but the prana or life force is not! I generally start making bone broth in the fall months. I’ll make a batch every 30-45 days and just take it from the freezer as needed. If you want to use it for cooking the broth cubes are the way to go! Thanks for connecting!
I love this recipe. I personally make my own chicken and beef broth from scratch and this bone broth is right up my alley:)
I couldn’t help but notice you suggested bone broth would be a healthy alternative to veggies for getting animal protein that they don’t currently get as veggies…hmmm, I don’t think they would want bones from any animal, well stand to be corrected.
This bone broth is loaded with nutrients and no doubt it nurses one back to health after being unwell.
Hi Excelle, Thanks for connecting here!
I did suggest it because sometimes people (Mostly Vata types) are anemic if they don’t eat animal protein. In that case, they may consider drinking a broth. It all depends on the person. It’s also a really good thing to take after surgery or anytime digestion is weakened.
Thanks again for saying hi! Jackie