Fresh homemade bone broth (aka. stock) is a magical food that you must keep in stock at all times in your freezer. I make a BIG batch of it every 2-3 weeks and freeze it to use through the weeks.
Bone broth contains important minerals in a form that is easy for the body to absorb. These minerals include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. Note, this is NOT the same as “chicken broth” which is nothing more than chicken flavored water with MSG.
Bone Broth is made from bones, pieces of meat or chicken, and purified water. It is boiled for several hours and then strained and cooled into a nutritious gelatinous form that aids in digestion of proteins. Bone broth even contains material from cartilage and tendons like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine for joint pain relief.
Read more about the benefits of bone broth on the Weston A Price website and how adding it to your soups, sauces, and stews can improve your health. You can start feeding your baby bone broth as early as 3-4 months of age, and it can be used as a base for making a homemade hypoallergenic infant formula.
Bone Broth Benefits
- Very healing and repairing to the GI tract
- Helps heal the intestines to prevent and reduce food allergies
- Helps protein and mineral absorption (great for kids who are dairy intolerant)
- Helps build strong bones and teeth (loaded with bone building minerals)
- Helps immune system
- Nourishes adrenal glands (post-partum moms need adrenal support)
Vitamins: Calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, K2 in bone marrow, peptides (healing amino acids and natural antibiotics), cartilage, collagen, anti-infammatory substances, digestive and gut healing properties, omega-9s in skin and fat, iron, Vit B6, Vit B12, and Vit A in chicken liver.
“Peasant societies still make broth. It is a necessity in cultures that do not use milk because only stock made from bones and dairy products provides calcium in a form that the body can easily assimilate. It is also a necessity when meat is a luxury item, because gelatin in properly made broth helps the body use protein in an efficient way.”
Buying bone broth
If you want to buy some already made, look for it at an Amish farms like MillersOrganicFarm.com. They boil the pasture-raised beef bones for 36 hours, and chicken bones 24 hours. You can order it by phone and have it mailed to you. Order several month’s worth to store in your freezer.
Better yet, save money and make your own! Remember, it’s the most important foundational healing food to have in plentiful amounts in your freezer (or keeps in fridge for 7-10 days). It takes 15 minutes to get all the ingredients ready to toss in the poss, and then just simmer it and forget about it for 24 hours.
Resources for Making Chicken and Turkey Bone Broth
1) Video: Intro to Stocks and Bone Broths by Sarah Pope
2) Article: Making Perpetual Bone Broth in Your Slow-Cooker by Jenny McGruthers
3) Video: The perfect simmer on your bone broth stock
4) Article: How to get more natural gelatin in your chicken bone broth stock
5) Video: Making Turkey Bone Broth from leftover turkey bones
Making Fish stock and fish bone broth
1) Video: How to make Fish Stock and Fish Bone Broth
2) Article: Using Fish Stock for Physical Fitness
Videos: Making Beef Bone Stock
1) Video by AnnMarie Michaels
2) Videos by Monica Corrado