Benefits of Bone Broth: How to Make It and 5 Reasons Why You Should
What is bone broth?
Bone broth is made by simmering the bones and connective tissue of animals.
This highly nutritious stock is commonly used in soups, sauces, and gravies. It has also recently gained popularity as a health drink.
Bone broth dates back to prehistoric times, when hunter-gatherers turned otherwise inedible animal parts like bones, hooves, and knuckles into a broth they could drink.
You can make bone broth using bones from just about any animal — pork, beef, veal, turkey, lamb, bison, buffalo, venison, chicken, or fish.
Marrow and connective tissues like feet, hooves, beaks, gizzards, or fins can also be used.
How to make bone broth?
Making bone broth is very simple.
There are many recipes online, but most people don’t even use a recipe.
All you really need is a large pot, water, vinegar, and bones.
To get you started, here’s an easy recipe you can follow:
1 gallon (4 liters) of water
2 tbsp (30 mL) apple cider vinegar
2–4 pounds (about 1–2 kg) of animal bones
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place all ingredients in a large pot or slow cooker.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and cook for 12–24 hours. The longer it cooks, the better it will taste and more nutritious it will be.
Allow the broth to cool. Strain it into a large container and discard the solids.
In order to make the most nutritious broth, it’s best to use a variety of bones — marrow bones, oxtail, knuckles, and feet. You can even mix and match bones in the same batch.
Adding vinegar is important because it helps pull all of the valuable nutrients out of the bones and into the water, which is ultimately what you will be consuming.
You can also add vegetables, herbs and spices to your broth to enhance the flavour.
Common additions include garlic, onion, celery, carrot, parsley, and thyme. These can be added right away in step one.
As you can see, bone broth is incredibly easy and simple to make. The following image list 5 reasons you might want to try it.
- Strengthen muscles
- Make a better night's sleep
- Increased bone strength
- High in healthy nutrients
- Support gut microbiome and gut lining