Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bone Broth

Once a week, usually on Monday, I roast a chicken for dinner. The next day I make a batch of bone broth. Bone broth is an amazing source of minerals and boosts the immune system. According to Wellness Mama

"Its high calcium, magnesium and phosphorus content make it great for bone and tooth health. Bone broth also supports joints, hair, skin and nails due to its high collagen content. In fact, some even suggest that it helps eliminate cellulite as it supports smooth connective tissue." It also a very inexpensive addition to the diet.

I go to the Farmer's Market every Sunday. That's where I prefer to buy my chicken. I feel I have a better chance of getting a chicken that is not only organic, but maybe also got to run around and eat some bugs rather than just being fed grain (even if that grain is organic). If I am lucky, my chicken guy will also have a bag of chicken feet for me. On Tuesday, when I go to make my broth, I add a few chicken feet to my leftover chicken bones and this makes a lovely gelatinous broth. If I didn't manage to get feet, I also sometimes use backs or even turkey necks. Feet, backs and necks are extremely cheap, so I usually keep a few of these in the freezer to add to my bones.

After my bone broth is made, I keep it in the fridge for the week and use it to make gravy, soups, mashed potatoes (in place of milk) and I also drink a cup of it every morning. Seeing as I don't drink coffee or tea (caffeine doesn't agree with me, even the small amount in decaf,) I love having a warm cup of something in the morning to sip. My daughter also likes to drink it and I feel I am giving her so much wonderful nourishment in every cup.

I make my broth in the crockpot. Sometimes I do it overnight, and sometimes I just let it go all day. Either way, it requires so little effort. I have made broth on the stove too, but its just easier to let the crockpot go and not think about it.

To make my broth:

- bones of one chicken (I remove any meat and save that for salads and lunches)
- 4 chicken feet or one chicken back or one turkey neck
-. 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 ribs of celery
- 1 or 2 carrots
- 1 small onion
- 1 tbsp celtic sea salt

I put all the ingredients in my crock pot, cover with water and cook on low for about 8 hours.

When its done, I strain it and have my weekly ration of chicken broth! So simple, avoids waste and adds more nourishment for my family.