So lately with the changing of the seasons I’ve been craving a warm bowl of soup and a hot cup of cider as I curl up on the couch next to my fireplace, burying my face in a good novel. Unfortunately, that isn’t my daily reality but that doesn’t mean that I will not be cooking up some great soup this fall, and the key to a delicious soup is a homemade broth. For a long time, I have been trying to get around to making my broth but today was the day I was going to jump into making some homemade bone broth to be the base for my future soups! Not only is this simple soup staple wonderfully delicious but it is nutritious as well. So here is a little background on why bone broth is SO AWESOME for you and why you should eat it daily:
What is Broth?
“Broth (or technically, stock) is a mineral rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices. You’ll find a large stock pot of broth/stock simmering in the kitchen of almost every 5-star restaurant for its great culinary uses and unparalleled flavor, but it is also a powerful health tonic that you can easily add to your family’s diet.
Broth is a traditional food that your grandmother likely made often (and if not, your great-grandmother definitely did). Many societies around the world still consume broth regularly as it is a cheap and highly nutrient dense food.
Besides it’s amazing taste and culinary uses, broth is an excellent source of minerals and is known to boost the immune system (chicken soup when you are sick anyone?) and improve digestion. Its high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content make it great for bone and tooth health. Bone broth also supports joints, hair, skin, and nails due to its high collagen content. In fact, some even suggest that it helps eliminate cellulite as it supports smooth connective tissue.
It can be made from the bones of beef, bison, lamb, poultry, or fish, and vegetables and spices are often added.
Anyone who has read Gut and Psychology Syndrome knows the many benefits of bone broth and how it can improve digestion, allergies, immune health, brain health, and much more.
What isn’t as well know is that broth can help reduce cellulite by improving connective tissue, increase hair growth/strength, improve digestive issues and remineralize teeth.
Broth is also helpful to have on hand when anyone in the family gets sick as it can be a soothing and immune boosting drink during illness, even if the person doesn’t feel like eating.
Broth is very high in the amino acids proline and glycine which are vital for healthy connective tissue (ligaments, joints, around organs, etc). The Paleo Mom has a great explanation of the importance of these two amino acids:
“In addition, glycine is required for synthesis of DNA, RNA and many proteins in the body. As such, it plays extensive roles in digestive health, proper functioning of the nervous system and in wound healing. Glycine aids digestion by helping to regulate the synthesis and of bile salts and secretion of gastric acid. It is involved in detoxification and is required for production of glutathione, an important antioxidant. Glycine helps regulate blood sugar levels by controlling gluconeogenesis (the manufacture of glucose from proteins in the liver). Glycine also enhances muscle repair/growth by increasing levels of creatine and regulating Human Growth Hormone secretion from the pituitary gland. This wonderful amino acid is also critical for healthy functioning of the central nervous system. In the brain, it inhibits excitatory neurotransmitters, thus producing a calming effect. Glycine is also converted into the neurotransmitter serine, which promotes mental alertness, improves memory, boosts mood, and reduces stress.
Proline has an additional role in reversing atherosclerotic deposits. It enables the blood vessel walls to release cholesterol buildups into your blood stream, decreasing the size of potential blockages in your heart and the surrounding blood vessels. Proline also helps your body break down proteins for use in creating new, healthy muscle cells.””
Sourced from: http://wellnessmama.com/5888/how-to-make-bone-broth/
So now you see why I am so crazy about this lovely liquid. Now on to the recipe-
3 or 4 Celery stalks
Chopped red onion
Zest of one lemon
Garlic to taste
2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
It is really quite simple, you harvest the bones from the whole chicken that you have boiled for an hour or so in water until the chicken meat is completely cooked. Then you take the meat from the bones and then place the bones into a large pot with about 1 gallon of filtered water and with the vegetables, spices and vinegar. Then you let the mixture simmer for at least 6 hours to 24 hours and ta-da you are finished! Hurrah,the mystery of making bone broth is over! When it is finished, strain the liquid and then store it in a mason jar in the fridge till it is used!