Bone broth - incredibly healthy and nourishing, helps our intestinal health and digestion, keeps colds and flus away by improving our immune system over the cold weather. You can make it vegetarian by using vegetables only and omitting the bones, but the gelatin from bones is what makes it so healing for our intestines. Making your own broth is inexpensive, re-uses food scraps you may otherwise throw out, plus makes your home smell great : )
Bone broth or stock is a traditional food: one way our ancestors used up every part of an animal. Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly can be boiled and then simmered over a period of days. This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen or glutamine that have the power to transform your health.
Bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb including two that are highly supplemented: calcium & magnesium. These can be found in bone broths instead of being sold as pricey supplements to balance inflammation and joint pain.
As with most traditional foods you have to really hunt to find them. Unfortunately, most store-bought “stock and “broth” today are not the real deal. Instead, companies use lab-produced meat flavor and MSG in bouillon cubes, soup and sauce mixes.
Real bone broth benefits come easiest when you can make it yourself at home, get grass-fed bones from your local farmer or farmers market. (Here is a great place in Kelowna to get some.)
Bone broth is a great place to find amino acids, collagen, gelatin and trace minerals, many more nutrients found within bone broth cannot be obtained easily from other foods. That’s partly why there are so many incredible bone broth benefits including healthy skin, joint protection, immunity and gut health. When fall hits and the cold weather begins to draw in, we are naturally drawn to more warming foods such as soups and stews - the perfect season for having broth in your stock pot or slow cooker every weekend!
Us Holistic Nutritionists' seriously care about your digestive health, so much of our overall health starts in the gut. Studies have shown gelatin is beneficial for restoring strength in the gut lining and balancing food sensitivities (such as the common ones: wheat or dairy) as well as helping with the growth of probiotics (those good bacteria we love talking about) in the gut.
Bone broth is easily digested and soothing to the digestive system, unlike many other foods, which can be difficult to fully break down. Our digestive system loves bone broth and can easily understand and break down this traditional food, making it healing as the better we digest, the better we can use and absorb its nutrients.
If you are working on digestive issues, bone broth is a must-have. Ready for the recipe?
Beef Bone Broth Recipe
Total Time: 48 hours
- 4 pounds beef bones with marrow
- 4 carrots, chopped
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 medium onions, peel on, sliced in half lengthwise and quartered
- 4 garlic cloves, peel on and smashed
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 5-6 sprigs parsley
- 1/4 cup ACV
- 18-20 cups cold water
- Place all ingredients in a 10 quart capacity crock-pot.
- Add in water.
- Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce and simmer gently, skimming the fat that rises to the surface occasionally.
- Simmer for 24-48 hours.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Discard solids and strain remainder in a bowl through a colander. Let stock cool to room temperature, cover and chill.
- Use within a week or freeze up to 3 months.