When I had children, I carried on this tradition. Now every time they are sick I make a bone broth from an Organic Free-Range Chicken and make a soup with the broth. When I looked into the back story of bone broth, I found that man has been eating broth from animal's bones since fire was discovered because of the abundance of nutrients and benefits.
The reason why chicken soup is so great for you when you have the flu or a cold is because when the bones are simmered in water for long periods of time, the water withdraws the minerals from the bones and turns them into a form that we can easily digest. It also helps to reduce the number of white blood cells that cause the flu. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11035691)
Sometimes people make bone broths using the joints, feet, skin, cartilage, tendons and even the knuckles of animals. They are all composed of highly dense networks of proteins known as Collagens which are only found in animal sources. Collagen are tissues in our skin, nails and joints. The glucosamine in the Collagen in broth helps to stimulate the growth of new collagen. This helps to reduce joint inflammation and repair damage. Another component of collagen is Gelatin and is important for protecting the lining of the digestive tract that helps in digesting nutrients. This in turn helps with digestive issues like leaky gut. Bone broth even helps with mood as it has amino acids, one of which, glycine can have calming effects. The list of benefits from bone broth go on an on....
Here is how to make it yourself....
- 1 Whole Organic Chicken
- 8 cups of Water
- 1/2 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 bulb of Garlic, chopped
- 1/2 Onion, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Ginger, chopped
- 2 Carrots grated
- 2 Celery Stalks, chopped
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley
- A few Sprigs of Thyme
- Place ALL Ingredients in a crock pot on LOW for at least 8-10 hours. I usually find that I need 24-48 hours to get that thick congealed layer on it after it cools. (this is where the nutrients are).
- The chicken meat will fall off of the bones very easily.
- Remove the bones and strain broth in a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth
- Let Cool and transfer to the fridge.
- Put in the freezer for long term storage.
* You can use your broth for the foundation for soups, stews, gravies, bouillabaisse, curries and more. You can use bones from chickens, beef, lamb, fish and pork.
* Please make sure all animal bones that you are using are from Organic, Free-Range animals and that all the veggies and herbs are Organic too.
I love making bone broth! I hope that you will try it too :)
Let me know below how it goes!
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~ Alex, Earthie Mama