How to Make a Healing Bone Broth
I know you're busy. With all that you have on your plate, spending a ton of time in the kitchen is not on your "to-do" list.
But you still want healthy meals that are filling and nourishing without having to spend too much time on dinner.
Guess what? Bone broth is easy, delicious, healthy, and healing, and a great way to extend your whole chicken into many meals! Simple AND economical? Yes, please!
What are some of the health benefits of bone broth?
Reduces Joint Pain and Inflammation
The amino acids in bone broth help fight off inflammation. When your broth simmers, it pulls gelatin out of the bones. This is why your stock sometimes has a Jell-O like consistency, the bones have provided a naturally occurring gelatin to thicken the liquid. This gelatin is the basis for what your body needs and uses to create a soft cushion between your joints.
Healthy Skin, Hair, and Nails, and Reduces Cellulite
Collagen is the main contributor to healthy skin and hair. When your body is lacking the right amount of collagen, your body’s connective tissue deteriorates and turns into cellulite. Who wants added on cellulite?! NOT me!
Heals Leaky Gut and Aids in Digestion
Leaky gut syndrome refers to the breakdown of the stomach and intestinal linings. This causes undigestable foods, which cause toxins and bacterias, to “leak” into your bloodstream. Bone broth is full of amino acids, which help to prevent inflammation in your digestive tract and promote the growth of healthy probiotics. It's easy to digest, and unlike more complex food sources, its soothing nature promotes gut health as you easily absorb its vitamins and minerals.
Boosts Your Immune System
Ever wonder why they say chicken soup is good for fighting colds and flu? A mineral rich bone broth is easy to drink, especially when you have a sore throat, and the antioxidants found in bone broth gives your immune system a healthy boost to ward off disease, germs, infection, and bacteria.
Why do I need to make my own? It's easier to buy from the store!
Most store bought bone broths often contain MSG or other chemicals and and lack gelatin and other health-boosting properties of homemade broth. Even the organic brands are missing some of the mineral rich ingredients. Making your own means all the bone broth benefits are actually in the broth!
And the best broth comes from pasture raised chickens!
How to Make Your Own Bone Broth
1 Whole Rare Breed Farms Chicken
1 Medium Onion, chopped
2 Carrots, Sliced
2 Stalks Celery, Sliced
Salt and Pepper (optional)
The easiest way for me to make broth is in my crock pot. After you have cooked and used your whole chicken, remove all of the meat off of the chicken carcass. Put the carcass into a crock pot, add onion, carrots, and celery. Then add enough water to cover everything.
I set my crock pot to low and cook for about 12 hours. You can cook it for up to 72 hours. The longer you cook it, the more nutrients are drawn out of the bones and marrow.
When your broth is ready, cool to room temperature, strain, and store or use right away!
OK, so now I have all of this broth, what do I do with it?
- You can drink it straight for a quick immune boost
- Make soups and stews
- Use chicken broth when cooking rice, quinoa, and coucous instead of water
- Add broth to pot roast or whole roasted chicken
- Add it to mashed potatoes
- Use it as a base for gravy
How do you store it?
You can certainly pressure can chicken broth, but a much simpler way is to freeze it. I like to freeze mine in ziploc bags, two cups at a time. Most recipes I use call for anywhere from 2 to 4 cups of broth, so it makes it easy for me to take out a bag and thaw whatever I need. Don't forget to mark the date and contents on the bag!
If you still haven't reserved your whole pasture raised chickens there is still time! You can pre-order yours here!
We have a limited number available, you don't want to miss out! If you are looking for a reason to add pastured chicken to your diet, read more here about all of the health benefits that come from a pasture raised chicken and why ours is so amazing!
As always, I am here to help. I would love to hear from you or visit with you and answer any of your health questions. Remember, I have been in your shoes and have traveled this journey to discovering healing through healthy food choices.
Happy to Serve You,
Rare Breed Farms