Bone Broth Recipe - Tonic for the Gut, the Skin and the Immune System
If you aren’t already, I can really recommend making bone broth a regular part of your kitchen routine. Make it a habit of saving the bones from your cooking and use them to for your broths. It's incredibly healthy, inexpensive, and very easy.
This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine that have the power to transform your health.
Furthermore. Homemade bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. They contain chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain.
3 Health Benefits of Homemade Bone Broth
1. Gut healing properties
By regularly drinking bone broth or using it in recipes, you can help promote healthy gut integrity while reducing permeability and inflammation. Collagen, glycine and gelatin are the important players here.
Studies have show that gelatin is beneficial for restoring strength of the gut lining and fighting food sensitivities (such as to wheat or dairy), helping with the growth of probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut, and supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract.
Bone broth is easily digested and soothing to the digestive system.
The collagen in bone broth is also an important player to improve digestion and gut health. It helps form connective tissue and therefore “seals and heals” the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract so that food particles, larger molecules, and toxins are kept inside the intestines where they belong and don't slip into the bloodstream where they can kick off an inflammatory cascade.
Collagen also helps with the absorption of water within the intestines, keeping things moving more freely out of body.
These gut healing properties also support the immune system function and a healthy inflammation response.
Bone broth contains glycine, potassium and glycine, which support both cellular and liver detoxification. Glycine helps minimize damage to the liver from chemicals, heavy metals, alcohol and other toxic exposures.
Bone Broth contains sulfur and glutathione, which reduces oxidative stress. Glutathione also help with elimination of fat-soluble compounds, especially heavy metals like mercury and lead.
3. maintains healthy skin, hair, nails and joints
Bone Broth is one of the world's best sources of natural collagen, the protein is in nature found exclusively in animal bones, skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone marrow. With age, we produce less collagen and our skin and joints are thus thinner, weaker and less flexible.
BONE BROTH RECIPE
- A large stock pot
- A strainer
- A big spoon
- 2 pounds (or more) of bones from a healthy source (preferable organic)
- 2 chicken feet for extra gelatin (optional)
- 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.
- Optional: Add 2 cloves of garlic for the last 30 minutes of cooking.
- Water (filtered)
- If you are using raw bones, especially beef bones; it improves flavour to roast them in the oven first. You can place them in a roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes at 175°C /350 °F.
- Then, place the bones in a large stockpot and cover with (filtered) water and add the vinegar.
- Let sit for 20-30 minutes in the cool water - the acid helps make the nutrients in the bones more available.
- 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.
- Bring the broth to a boil. Once it has reached a vigorous boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer until done.
- Simmer for 24-72 hours (turn your stove off at night while sleeping).
- Recommended times for simmer:
- Beef broth/stock: 48 hours
- Chicken or poultry broth/stock: 24 hours
- Fish broth: 8 hours
- During the first few hours of simmering, you'll need to remove the impurities that float to the surface. A frothy/foamy layer will form and it can be easily scooped off with a big spoon. Throw this part away.
- Check it every 20 minutes for the first 2 hours to remove this. Grass-fed and healthy animals will produce much less of this than conventional animals.
- During the last 30 minutes, add the garlic and parsley, if using.
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Strain using a fine metal strainer to remove all the bits of bone and vegetable. When cool enough, store in a 4 litres / 1 gallon glass jars in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze for later use.
How to Use Bone Broth
Homemade Broth/Stock can be used as the liquid in making soups, stews, gravies, sauces, and reductions. It can also be used to saute or roast vegetables.
Especially in the fall and winter, it’s beneficial to drink at least 1 cup per day as a health boost. You can heat 1 - 2 cups with a little salt.
In times of illness you can just drink bone broth until you start feeling better as it supports the body, but is very easy to digest so the body’s energy can go to healing. In cases of stomach bugs or vomiting, bone broth often calms the stomach very quickly and helps shorten the duration of the illness.