Although drinking bone broth for its health benefits seems to be a recent phenomenon, practicers of Eastern medicine have been doing this for centuries. Bone broth has numerous health benefits. It is loaded with nutrients that nourish the body and has many healing properties as well.
*Heals inflammation in the body.
*Improves digestive health and helps to repair leaky gut syndrome.
*Supplies the body with collagen, which helps fight aging and supports mental health
*Helps fight osteoarthritis
*Supports immune system
With all of these amazing health benefits, bone broth is a great addition to anyone's diet. It is expensive in stores but very easy to make at home. This simple recipe can be used to make a pot of bone broth which can then be frozen for later use, or stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
It is of utmost importance to use quality ingredients when making broth. Bones are best sourced from local farmers markets or a butcher at a natural foods grocery store to be sure they are from grass-fed cows who are not exposed to antibiotics or hormones.
3 to 4 pounds grass fed beef bones
1 carrot, onion, celery stalk, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
Fresh herbs of your preference
1. Roast bones and veggies at 400 degrees for an hour. Place in crock pot and fill to the top with distilled water.
2. Add apple cider vinegar, salt, and herbs. (The apple cider vinegar helps extract the minerals from the bones, you will not taste this in the broth.)
3. Cover and cook on low 24 to 36 hours. The longer the broth cooks, the more minerals will leach out of the bones. My last batch was cooked 36 hours and turned out silky and delicious, with a great depth of flavor. You may need to add water as it cooks and evaporates. After broth cools, strain into mason jars.
4. As broth cools in refrigerator, the fat will rise to the top. This can be removed once hardened.
We like to warm up cups of bone broth and drink them in the morning or throughout the day, use in soup recipes, and use in place of water when cooking grains. The options are endless.
Bonus, your house will smell divine as this cooks!!