The Basics of Bone Broth
3/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Bone Broth


When it comes to diet, many meat-eating Americans tend to eat only the muscle of the animal, neglecting the rest. The advent of fast food lifestyles has us eating simple burgers and chicken wings, yet never benefitting from the full nourishment that our ancestors enjoyed. While those of us in Louisiana might see it a little more often in the bases of our gumbos and other recipes, the total nutrients and support are often lost or forgotten.


This trend has begun to reverse in recent years with the re-introduction of bone broth. But what exactly is bone broth?

It’s just as it sounds. It is a broth made from animal bones, joints, and other parts, usually accented with a vegetable mix. This broth is different than a traditional store-bought chicken or beef stock, as these tend to focus on just the meat. You can use bone broth in any number of dishes from soups to pot pies, even enchiladas


The benefits from adding bone broth to your diet are still being researched. The bones’ cartilage draws out such things as collagen and other amino acids including glycine. As our bodies age, we produce less of the protein-rich collagen, which results in skin wrinkles and loss of elasticity. While there’s no evidence that collagen creates collagen, many broth backers, some doctors included, insist that it helps with joint pain and alleviating stomach issues, as well as improving hair and nail health. Currently, many people get little to no collagen in their daily diet. Incorporating more glycine into your diet can help with restful sleep, control blood sugar, and build up neurotransmitters.


As a soluble base, bone broth is easily absorbed through the stomach lining, making the transmission of nutrients such as magnesium and potassium effortless. This base is one reason people crave broth when they’re sick.  Other proteins, such as milk, eggs, rice, and soy are all insoluble, meaning the stomach must work to breakdown the proteins. Conversely, bone broth is soothing and easy on the system.


While it can be purchased online or in grocery stores, bone broth is easy to make at home. It just takes a bit of time. According to Bonafide Provisions, maker of a unique organic frozen bone broth in a variety of flavors, the long, slow simmer process allows nutrients in the bones – collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin, other amino acids , and minerals – to break down and release into the water, creating a nutrient-dense broth that becomes thick and viscous when it’s cooled.


Follow this recipe to create bone broth; then incorporate into your favorite recipes.


Ingredients:

3 lbs of bones (consider grass fed and steroid free from a farmer’s market)

Big pot to boil about 2 gallons of water

2 tbs apple cider vinegar

Assorted herbs and vegetable mix (can’t go wrong with the Cajun Trinity)

sea salt


Instructions:

In a big pot, add bones, water, and apple cider vinegar and let sit for 30 minutes. The apple cider vinegar interacts with the bones and draws out important nutrients. Leave enough room at the top of your pot so that when you add the heat, it won’t boil over. 

Next, add herbs, vegetables, and sea salt. Bring to a boil.

Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for 10 to 24 hours. The longer the better, as this imparts the most flavor and nutrients.

When finished, let cool, and then strain into glass jars to be used in various recipes or frozen.

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