Bone broth is extremely healing and is chock full of minerals that your body probably desperately needs since most of us are nutrient deficient thanks to the Standard American Diet (SAD...yes, so sad). Bone broth can improve gut health, digestive problems, allergies, brain conditions (Autism, ADHD, depression), skin problems, bone strength, and arthritis and joint pain to name a few.
I bet your grandmother or great grandmother used to make it a lot. This is where chicken soup got its reputation for helping you feel better when you are sick. Unfortunately, grocery store canned chicken soup is so far removed from the nutrient dense homemade stocks our ancestors made. Therefore, having some of the canned stuff will probably just give you unwanted gluten and soy additives instead.
You can use bone broth for soups and stews. If feeling under the weather or trying to heal a particular health condition, drink it straight.
You can certainly buy bone broth. Wellness Meats is one reputable source, but it can be expensive. It is much more cost effective to make it yourself.
Crock Pot Bone Broth
- 1 lb chicken, beef, lamb, bison, or turkey bones, preferably organic or from grass-fed animals
- 2 chicken feet (optional, for extra gelatin...I know this grosses many people out)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, sliced
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 2 sprigs parsley
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 T apple cider vinegar
- Add all ingredients to the crock pot and add water to cover the bones.
- Cook on low heat for at least 10 hours; 24 hours is best.
- Skim off any foam or froth with a large spoon. (Quality meat bones will have less of this than conventional meat bones.)
- Strain before using.
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