The third part in our series on new foods you need to try isn’t a new food at all; it’s actually an ancient staple that is now increasingly being recognized for its astounding nutritional benefits. What is this wonder food, you may be wondering. The answer? Bone broth. Yes, bone broth’s use can be traced back as far back as early Chinese civilizations who used it for its healing properties. In more recent history, your grandmother and great grandmother before her likely prepared bone broth to utilize every part of the beef or poultry they prepared for dinner.
Fast forward to today and the ease and convenience of picking up a can or carton of broth means many of us have never made bone broth. But, with so many remarkable health and nutritional advantages, many people are once again making bone broth a kitchen staple. Read on to find out why this is and how you can make your own today!
- Collagen. Without question the collagen in bone broth is one of bone broth’s greatest health advantages. The collagen is healing to your gut and aids in the absorption of the other nutrients in the broth.
- Trace Minerals. Minerals help support your body functioning properly and a cup of bone broth gives you a rich supply of important ones such as calcium.
- Protein Source. Cook grains in bone broth instead of water to instantly add extra protein.
- Hydrating. Consuming bone broth is a great way to add more liquids to your day without having to drink yet another bottle of water.
- Amino Acids. Bone broth offers various key amino acids, including those that help with joint health and immune system function.
A How-To Guide: Making Your Own Bone Broth.
In addition to being a super food, bone broth is also super easy to make because proportions and cook times do not have to be precise. Just remember, low heat and slow cook time are sure to yield great broth making success!
- Cover meat bones and joints with water. You’ll need roughly four quarts of water to cover one chicken carcass.
- Add Apple Cider Vinegar. A couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar will help the nutrients to be released from the bones.
- Add Veggies and Seasonings. This step is optional, but will add extra flavoring to your bone broth.
- Cook Low and Slow. Cook your broth on a low heating on your slow cooker for a minimum of 6 hours or as long as 24 hours.