Bone broth, yeah why should I eat it – and what is it anyway. Some describe it as the magical potion for radiant skin. It helps with gut issues and relieve joint pain. Helps you sleep better, supports your immune system and makes you look younger.
Sounds all really great but what is exactly
To make bone broth, animal bones – like chicken caracas- are simmered for a length of time to extract the minerals and gelatin from the bones.
A good bone broth doesn’t need anything more than good bones and some kombu seaweed. With just these two ingredients you can make the tastiest and creamiest soups. Simmer the bones for at least 5 hours, but the longer the better – more nutrients and collagen will come out, which makes the soup cloudy and thick and full of goodies.
Why is it good for you
The gelatin that comes from the joints and knuckles can be helpful in healing your gut by sealing up holes in your intestines and reduce inflammation. It’s easily digested and soothing to the digestive system.
You might know glucosamine. People take it in pill from to relieve joint pain. I used to take the supplements to keep my crappy knees pain-free. Turns out bone broth is full of it, instead of just a small pill, I can have a whole pot of it. And this is way cheaper too.
It’s one of the best sources of collagen which helps reduce visible signs of wrinkles. But instead of putting it on your face with a cream, you can feed your skin from within.
The glycine in the broth is a neurotransmitter that can help improve sleep and it can act as an antioxidant. Great for when your feeling under the weather and want to get better soon.
And I’m sure you’re aware that magnesium and calcium helps to maintain strong bones.
Sounds all really great, and maybe too good to be true. But I also just like the taste and it’s also a really good base for your homemade soups. This way I never have to use to those stock cubes.
How to make it yourself
You want to look for organic animal products for best results. I get my chicken carcasses at our organic butcher, you get two for only 1,25 euro – enough to make a big pot of soup.
Adding a bit of apple cider vinegar helps draw the minerals from the bones.
- 2 Clean chicken carcasses
- Filtered water
- 2 tbs Apple cider vinegar
- 2 Pieces of kombu seaweed
- Place the carcasses in a large pot that easily fits them both.
- Cover the bones with cold filtered water and the apple cider vinegar.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes before bringing everything to a boil.
- If foam starts to appear on top you can carefully scoop this off.
- Add the kombu.
- Reduce heat to simmer for at least 6 hours.
- After cooking and cooling, a layer of fat will harden on top. This layer will protect the broth so keep it on. Only discard it before you heat up the soup to eat.