When I think of bone broth, I think of grandma’s house when I was a child. A sort of peppery, onion smell filling the room. A hot stove, a simmering pot. Bone broth is making a comeback, so much so, that places in NYC are now starting to serve it up, like Starbucks serves coffee. Bone broth is going mainstream you say? Say it isn’t so. Well, it is very so. And hey, that’s a good thing. We live in a society that gulps down too much coffee and soda, why not introduce people to bone broth? It just makes sense.
I am going to break down some benefits of Bone Broth, as well as give my laymen’s spin over the matter because quite honestly, it can be a bit confusing. Let’s start with the benefits.
Great for your gut
Digestion and gut health is huge business for your body. It might even be number 1, but rarely is it considered that high in the equation. Gut health means brain health. Things like anxiety and depression can start in the gut. I highly suggest you understand this concept. Below is a quote from an article you might consider reading later.
If you’ve ever “gone with your gut” to make a decision or felt “butterflies in your stomach” when nervous, you’re likely getting signals from an unexpected source: your second brain. Hidden in the walls of the digestive system, this “brain in your gut” is revolutionizing medicine’s understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way you think. (article is here)
The gelatin found in bone broth is great for healing the intestines, which helps with leaky gut syndrome. Whether you have leaky gut syndrome or not, you want to keep your gut and intestines primed.
Hair, Nails, Skin (you will look fabulous)
We spend all this time on our hair and skin (and ladies, on your nails), then why not add bone broth into your diet and get the full on hair/ nails / skin health bomb? Bone broth has collagen in it. Yep, you’ve seen that as a supplement in the vitamin section. Well, it’s naturally found inside of bone broth. So when you drink bone broth, you get an infusion of health into your hair and nails and skin. You get it direct from source. My nails grow really fast now that I drink bone broth. That’s a great indicator of healthy being!
Some researchers believe that consuming gelatin, which is found in bone broth, before sleep helps you sleep deeper and more soundly. Gelatin contains the amino acid glycine. That’s hooked to your brain’s neurotransmitters. Nope, it won’t put you to sleep if you drink it on the way out the door, quite the opposite. But at night, it will help relax you.
Helps heal bones
Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus. Those are found in large quantities in bone broth. Those minerals help your body heal injured bones. As well, helps your joints.
Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals are all found in bone broth. They are naturally occurring, straight from the source.
Now, let’s get into the details of actually making and drinking this stuff.
How does it taste? Great. If you make it right, it tastes really good. I absolutely love drinking it in the morning time. It taste a lot like chicken soup or onion soup (pending you use the onions).
Can’t I just buy it at the store? No. You can’t. You will see “bone broth” for sale, lots of people use that to cook food in crock pots. But that stuff does not contain the collagen, which you need. To get what you need, you just have to make it.
How do I buy the bones? This can be tricky. There are online sources for this, but many of those sources run out of the bones due to lots of people wanting to buy them. If you have a local butcher, I’d visit them and ask. Grocery stores are a maybe. Whole Foods tends to get them in once a week, but you will have to ask them what day and if you can call and have some put aside. But buyer beware…. Lots of meat in this country is just plain bad. If a cow or chicken was injected with hormones and antibiotics, you probably don’t want the bones which stored the life of the animal. Basic grocery stores are probably bad when it comes to broth bones. If you want to potentially look online to order, start here. They look pretty good, though I admit to never having ordered from them.
Should it be chicken or beef bones or both? You can mix. Or you can do specific ones. I don’t think it really matters. But, you want specific types of bones. Knuckles, neck bones, bones that have the collagen fillers in them. Ask for “soup bones” for broth at the butcher, or of course, use a trusted online source.
How do you cook it? I use a crock pot, but you can use a p0t on the stove. I roast the bones first for about 40 minutes. I then put the bones in the crock pot. I also put an onion chopped 3 ways, a few carrots, pink himalayan salt, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (most important, see below) and a tomato. I don’t want to get overly detailed here, to be honest, because I am a known simpleton. Anything I make will be simple and that might not be your “cup of broth.” The Internet is filled with some amazing recipes on how to make it, I’d encourage you searching around. Wellness Mama has a good instructional on it that I encourage you check out.
I can’t get it to “gel.” Ok, this is the number one complaint. For starters, make darn sure you put the apple cider vinegar in it as mentioned above. This will help draw out and extract the gelatin. Other considerations are cooking time (did you cook it long enough). I cook for around 40 hours in the crock pot. How was your bone to water ratio? Here is a good troubleshooting article on food renegade. But don’t panic….when I first started making my own bone broth, gelling was hit or miss for me. And I would always think, “so is it worthless now?” No, not at all. It is still GREAT for you. Many people put on sad failure faces as if what they made is worthless without gelling, this isn’t true at all.
Did this help? Leave us a comment. Remember, people read comments as a way to extend on the article. I’m no big meanie, if you have criticisms, throw them down below. If you have suggestions or recipes, post them in comments. This website is just about helping others and part of that is participation.
Fotolia Image Author: photosiber