Bone Broth

Bone broth! What a wonderful thing. A broth. Made with bones. Oozing health and nutrition. Tastes delicious and fills the house with the most wonderful comforting smell when it’s simmering. Bone broths are nutrient-dense, easy to digest and rich in flavour. They are full of healing proteins, healthy fats and minerals. How good is that?

Health benefits of bone broth

Now Tillie’s not a rocket scientist nor a nutritionist but I like to learn a little bit about stuff that’s good for us with the mummy, so here’s the Tillie low down on some of the super duper health benefits of super tasty bone broth …

Protects our joints …

The health of our joints depends upon the health of the collagen in our ligaments, tendons, and on the ends of our bones. The collagen family includes glycosaminoglycans which are very special molecules that help keep our joints healthy. Bone broth is loaded with glycosaminoglycans including glucosamine. And not only does bone broth contain super amazing amounts of glucosamine, it’s also packed with other fantastic joint protecting compounds like chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. That’ll keep us zoom zoom!

Good for our puggy …

Bone broth is good for our puggy because it is easily digested and soothing to the digestive system. A bit like puggy rubs for the inside. It contains gelatin which can heal a leaky gut by blocking holes, restore strength of the gut lining and help with the growth of good bacteria.

Helps detox our liver ..

Our poor little livers suffer toxins on a regular basis (think medicines, chemicals, vaccines and the likes) and its capacity to detoxify is limited by the availability of the amino acid glycine. And what has lots of glycine? Yes, bone broth does so it helps us detox.

Great nutrition if we’re poorly …

When you’re feeling a bit poorly or have been poorly and don’t really feel like eating much but need a nutritional boost … bone broth to the rescue! Bone broth is an excellent source of important minerals and can bolster the immune system and even when you don’t feel like eating I guarantee you just can’t resist a bit of super tasty savoury bone broth.

Bone broth is super healthy for our humans too which is good because we can all enjoy the benefits and all the more reason to keep making bone broth. Lots of bone broth. Our houses will smell better for it too.

Here’s Tillie’s recipe for you to make and enjoy bone broth …

What you need to make bone broth …

  • A big pan
  • A slow cooker
  • BONES! …
    • We make chicken, beef, lamb, duck and turkey bone broths.
    • For chicken and duck bone broth we use a whole free range chicken or duck. For beef bone broth we get raw beefy bones from the butcher. For lamb bone broth we use a leg of lamb and share the meat with the humans. For turkey bone broth we use drumsticks which are easy to get hold of thoughout the year or a whole turkey at Christmas.
    • If the humans are having a roast chicken dinner, duck or lamb, we use the bones to make a bone broth – just start at stage 2 if using cooked bones.
  • Some water
  • Raw organic apple cider vinegar

How to make bone broth …

Stage 1

  • Put the whole chicken, turkey drumstick or the beefy bones into the big pan and cover with water. With a whole duck we roast the duck first and remove the skin and meat from the bones.
  • Put the big pan on the cooker and bring to the boil.
  • Boil for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the frothy scum from the top.
  • Carefully transfer the contents of the big pan to the slow cooker (chicken / bones and the water).
  • If using bones with meat (like a chicken or turkey drumstick), cook in the slow cooker on low for 3 to 4 hours.
  • After 3 to 4 hours remove the chicken from the slow cooker and leave to cool a little bit – until it is cool enough to easily remove the skin and flesh.
  • Remove and discard the skin.
  • Remove any flesh and put in a tub ready to make dinners – the slow cooked meat is deliciously tender and very digestible. Yummy.

Stage 2 …

  • Put the bones and ligaments back in the stock in the slow cooker.
  • You can also use the cooked bones from your humans roast chicken, turkey or lamb dinner. The mummy sometimes freezes cooked carcasses after a roast dinner to make bone broths at a later date.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar. It is the apple cider vinegar that magically draws all the goodyness from the bones. It’s important that it’s raw and contains the mother. We use Willys Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Turn the slow cooker down to low and leave for 24 – 48 hours. Yes, that’s 24 – 48 hours of the most delicious meaty smell wafting around the house. It’s this simmering process that causes the bones and ligaments to release it’s healing compounds. We usually leave it for 48 hours until it looks like this …

Simmered bone broth

Stage 3 …

  • Turn the slow cooker off and let the bone broth cool a little bit.
  • Carefully pour the bone broth though a sieve or strainer into a jug or bowl to separate the bones from the broth.
  • Discard the cooked bones and scummy bits.
  • The bone broth will look like this …

A bowl of bone broth

  • Pour the golden bone broth into jars or tubs. We usually portion it into 400ml tubs or jars which is the perfect amount for a dinner stock. We usually get 3 or 4 400ml portions.

How to use bone broth …

Gravy for our other dinners like beefy loaf.

  • Gravy for our dinners.
  • Supper before we go to bed.
  • To make a soup for our lunch (just add some meat and veggies).
  • Cooling bone broth lollies in summer (just freeze in lolly moulds or an ice cube tray).
  • AND …. the mummy has been known to use our bone broth as a stock for their soups and casseroles. It’s tastier and healthier than any shop bought stock!
  • Or you can enjoy some warm (not hot!) bone broth straight from your bowl as I am doing here …

Tillie enjoying bone broth

Enjoy your bone broth!

The end.

Tillie x

Tillie

I am Tillie.

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