Making Bone Broth
Bone broth is one of the best parts of the pasture-raised chicken experience. While homemade bone broth used to be a standard in every kitchen, it is now a secret gold mine that few know about, and even fewer take the time to make. The funny thing is that when you start making it, you’ll see how easy it is, how great you feel, and how much value is in the bones of your chicken that most people simply throw away.
Homemade bone broth from pasture-raised animal bones is one of the most nutritious foods you can consume and yet you cannot buy it in most grocery stores today. You see, all broth is not created equal. Remember how chicken soup used to be a home remedy for sickness? That’s because homemade broth from pasture-raised animal bones is packed with vitamins and minerals.
Now, if you’re like me, the phrase “packed with vitamins and minerals” sounds like one of those empty health claims since it is written on all sorts of unhealthy products in the grocery store. So why is bone broth different?
When you make broth, you are actually extracting calcium, phosphorus, gelatin, and magnesium from where they are naturally found. You are not taking a pill or eating something fake. You are taking the minerals directly from where they naturally occur. Pretty cool! That’s why it is so important that you make broth from the bones of healthy, pasture-raised animals.
Here are the simple steps to making bone broth:
- Prepare and eat a delicious chicken dinner — this is clearly the best and most enjoyable way to get the meat off of the chicken bones so that they are ready for the stock pot.
- Place your chicken bones in the stock pot and fill 2/3 full of water (so that all the bones are underwater)
- Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and let sit for 30 minutes
- Chop and add 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, and 1 large onion to the water
- You can season to taste with other spices and herbs (not required)
- Turn the stove on “high” and bring the water to boil
- Reduce heat to lowest setting and let simmer for 24-48 hours
- Turn stove off and discard bones
- Strain broth into glass jars and let cool
- Seal and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve
- Sub for water when making rice — enhances flavor and adds nutrients
- Use as the base for homemade soups and stews
- Drink from a mug — it’s not as strange as it sounds!
Share your experience in the comments below! We’d love to hear about how you use bone broth in your kitchen. Enjoy!