You may have heard of the benefits of using bone broth; in fact, we have included it as an ingredient in a number of recipes here on the Pure Nutrition + Wellness blog.
Today, we want to share a few tips with you in case you’re interested in making your own homemade bone broth. It’s really not difficult, and a very worthwhile effort for your health and wellness.
Why Bone Broth is Good for You
Did you know that bone broth is a staple in traditional diets of virtually every culture around the world? Rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, bone broth is good for you because*:
- it’s nutrient dense and easy to digest
- it’s anti-inflammatory and immune boosting
- it’s good for your gut and your joints
- it’s good for your skin
- it aids detoxification and metabolism
Homemade Bone Broth Recipe
- 2 chicken carcasses, from already cooked organic chickens
- 1 large onion, cut into quarters
- 3 stalks organic celery – cut into quarters
- 3 organic carrots – cut into quarters
- 2 Tbsp Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
- filtered or distilled water to cover the chicken
Optional: you can also add the giblets to the recipe, if you like
- Place chicken in a stock pot and cover with water; add 2 Tbsp Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar and soak for at least 30 minutes and up to 60 minutes. (Note: if you don’t have time, you can skip this step!)
- Over high heat, bring to a gently, rolling boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and skim off any scum that has accumulated on the top.
- Add in your vegetables, and continue to simmer gently for a minimum of 4 hours, and up to 24, if possible. (NOTE: If you want to cook your broth for longer than 4 hours but are concerned about leaving your stove on for such a long time, you can always transfer the broth to a crock pot at this point and let it simmer on low for up to 24 hours.)
- Next, strain out the chicken bones, and vegetables, reserving only the broth.
- Finally, pour the broth into containers to store in your refrigerator or freezer. If you plan to freeze some, don’t overfill the containers. Leave a little room for expansion!
You can now season your bone broth whenever you use it to make soup, or even just to enjoy as a warm, comforting snack. Here’s to your health!
Donna Stephens, BCN, CNHP, LDHS
Vicki Kolbe, CNHP, CHS, CSMC
- For additional information about the health benefits of bone broth, here’s an interesting article by Dr. Axe. https://draxe.com/the-healing-power-of-bone-broth-for-digestion-arthritis-and-cellulite/