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 daily 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! Any type of raw bones.
    • We usually make chicken bone broth or beef bone broth.
    • For chicken bone broth we use a whole chicken or a kilo pack of chicken legs and thighs.
    • For beef bone broth we get raw beefy bones from the butcher.
  • Some water
  • Raw organic apple cider vinegar

How to make bone broth …

Stage 1

  • Put the whole chicken or the chicken legs and thighs or the beefy bones into the big pan and cover with water.
  • 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 chicken legs), cook in the slow cooker on high 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 chicken dinners – the slow cooked chicken is deliciously tender and very digestible. Yummy.

Stage 2 …

  • Put the bones and ligaments back in the stock in the slow cooker.
  • 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 Biona 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 …

  • Stock for our slow-cooked dinners.
  • Gravy for our other dinners like beefy loaf.
  • A savoury liquid for bone broth porridge.
  • 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 and look out for our recipes made with bone broth!

The end.

Tillie x

Tillie

I am Tillie.

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