In April's Issue of A. Wellness Note, I'm laying out all the benefits and info on Bone Broth. I would call this a very "trendy" food item in the health world, but it's presence will far exist past a trend. Bone Broth is something that has been used around the world for years and for very good reasons. However, I didn't want to leave you hanging with all this great info in April's issue, but nowhere to go! Not all bone broths, or broths in general, are created equal. Investigating the ingredients is crucial, as even organic brands can use flavor enhancers. Simmering time is also very important; that is how flavor develops and the most nutrients are extracted. Below, I'm listing some trusted Bone Broth brands (along with some other forms of obtaining its benefits) and how to make it yourself if you so choose.
Now for a little Bone Broth DIY....
- Roasting your bones beforehand is highly advised to amp up the flavor. Turn your oven to 425-450 and roast until brown and caramelized. Using the bones from a leftover roasted whole chicken is a great way to be resourceful. Otherwise, you'll want to obtain grass fed bones for the best quality and nutrition.
- Place your bones in a large stock pot.
- Pour in filtered water until it just covers the bones. Make sure the water line isn't all the way to the top, you will want to give it room to boil.
- Some advise to add a tbsp or two of Apple Cider Vinegar, which can help extract more nutrients. You can also add vegetables -- onion, celery, carrots, etc -- to add flavor and more nutrients, but it isn't necessary. Maybe just some black pepper and garlic!
- Bring everything to a boil and then to simmer. It is widely advised to allow it to simmer for at least 6-8 hours. However, chicken can go for as long as 24 hours and beef bones as long as 48 hours.
- Strain your broth and let it cool. It will form a gelatinous layer on top, and thats expected and good! Just remove the top layer right before you are ready to use the broth.
- I like to store it mason jars so that its portioned out. You can also freeze it in the jars making it available in the future or to use for unexpected colds!