Liquid Gold: Bone Broth

Bone broth is made by simmering the bones and connective tissue of animals, some have called bone broth liquid gold.  The added benefits and nutrients in bone broth are well documented and almost a must, especially for younger kids.  Depending on the bones you use, most have calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, proteins and other trace minerals — the same minerals needed to build and strengthen your own bones. 

It can be added to any stew, curry, soups, gravies, or chilli dishes – among many others, give an extra, richer and more complex flavours.  A very easy recipe that just needs some time, but you can freeze and store easily.  Add to any dish and you’ll be happy knowing your kids and you will get all those amazing minerals that we so easily thro away, and more importantly your stomach will thank you for the added deliciousness the broth gives any dish.

Time:

12-24 hours

Serves:

(Depends on the dish)

Good for:

  • Nutritious stock and broth to add to dishes
  • Added richness in flavour
  • Minerals and vitamins for kids

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon (4 liters) of water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2–4 pounds (about 1–2 kg) of various animal bones
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Kitchen things you’ll need:

  • Large pot
  • Slow Cooker (optional)

Making it:

  1. Place all ingredients in a large pot or slow cooker.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 12–24 hours. The longer it cooks, the better it will taste and more nutritious it will be.
  4. Allow the broth to cool. Strain it into a large container and get rid of any solids and pieces still left for a smooth liquid.

Tips:

  • To make the most nutritious broth, it’s best to use a variety of bones — marrow bones, oxtail, knuckles, and feet. You can even mix and match bones in the same batch.
  • Adding vinegar is important because it helps pull all of the nutrients out of the bones and into the water, which is ultimately what you will be taking in.
  • You can also add vegetables, herbs, or spices to your broth to kick up the flavor.
  • Feel free to include garlic, onion, celery, carrot, parsley, and thyme. These can be added right away into the pot.

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