It may be seem trendy, but people have been touting the healing properties of bone broth for ages. Bone broth, a simple combination of bones, vegetables and water that simmers for hours, is said to protect the joints, heal the gut, boost immunity and leave skin radiant. Enjoy a hot mug of bone broth as a snack or reach for it when you have stomach upset.

Broth top viewIngredients

  • 2 pounds (or more) of bones from a healthy source (e.g., chicken, turkey, oxtail, short rib)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Optional: 1 bunch of parsley, 1 tablespoon or more of sea salt, 1 teaspoon peppercorns, additional herbs or spices to taste. I also add 2 cloves of garlic for the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Instructions

  1. If you are using raw bones, especially beef bones, it greatly improves flavor to roast them in the oven first. Roast for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  2. Place the bones in a large stock pot or Crock Pot. Pour filtered water over the bones and add the vinegar.
  3. Rough chop and add the vegetables (except the parsley and garlic, if using) to the pot. Add any salt, pepper, spices, or herbs, if using.
  4. Bring the broth to a boil. Once it has reached a vigorous boil, reduce to a simmer for at least 24 hours. Remove foamy layer that forms during first few hours of cooking.
  5. During the last 30 minutes, add the garlic and parsley, if using.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool. Using a fine strainer remove bits of bone and vegetable, preserving broth.
  7. Store in the fridge for up to five days, or freeze for later use. The broth is condensed so you may add water. Add salt to taste.

 

Recipe adapted from Wellness Mama.

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