After a few failed trials that left me with a spoonful of bone broth from all the water steaming away, I think I have the hang of this one.
The healing properties that research has found bone broth to have makes the time well worth it.
Bone broth contains Gelatin, which has been found to normalize digestive acid thus preventing high or low levels of Hydrochloric acid (this acid is required for the break down of proteins). Gelatin may aide in decreasing inflammation in the Gut by coating and soothing its mucous membrane. Bone broth is also known to support joint and skin health! For more details on the amazing components and correlating health benefits of Bone Broth follow this juicy link. (Bone Broth)
Bone broth can be added to meals for cooking, made into a soup, or drank from a cup by itself!
- 1-Organic, pasture raised chicken bones (left over from oven-roasted chicken)
- 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (or a fresh squeezed lemon)
- 1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
- 2 Garlic Cloves, peeled and smashed with the flat side of a knife
- 8 cups of water
Chopped celery, carrots, onions, I typically put about 1/4th cup or a hand-full each with one stem of Rosemary. Note : this is to add flavor to the broth and is typically discarded after the broth is drained.
- Place the chicken bones in a slow cooker with the vinegar, salt, garlic, water and vegetables
- Depending on the size of your slow cooker and bones, you can add water to cover the bones
- Cook the mixture on low heat for 24 hours. This is the optimal time to retrieve all the nutrients from the bone broth, BUT it can still be consumed after 8 hours and will still contain gut healing nutrients
- Use a slotted spoon to disregard the bones
- Pour through a fine-mesh strainer to separate the fat
- Before storing in the fridge let it cool to room temperature
- After the broth is stored in the fridge a layer of fat will coat the top, remove this layer prior to eating
- Bone broth can be stored in the fridge for up to 1-week and the freezer for up to 3 months
NOTE: Various bone broth is available in stores, but are often processed differently, have additives, or non-organic animal sources. This is definitely a good options when you have a tight schedule, just make sure to read the labels to chose the best quality Bone Broth.