Bone broth is simply wonderful for the body. I am talking about cooking bones until every nutrient is extracted out, not the kind you buy in a carton at the store. Today I will show you a simple homemade crock pot bone broth recipe. There are numerous health benefits and it’s very simple to make. Ya’ll going to think I’m crazy because this was one of my baby’s first foods.
Benefits of Bone Broth
Haven’t you heard to drink chicken soup when sick? The traditional way of making broth actually gives that statement some validity. Broth can help heal the gut, which leads to a healthier immune system. Every nutrient or even toxin [toxin=food particle, allergen, bacteria, virus, etc] consumed can enter the bloodstream through the intestinal wall (or gut). If the gut works properly, less toxic substances will find their way through and get a person sick. In relation to this, it may decrease the likelihood of allergies and other diseases because toxins cannot escape to the bloodstream. Thus, immune system function may improve.
Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, silicon and more are extracted from the bone itself and are very beneficial in building healthy bones, nerve transmission and electrolyte balance.
Collagen keeps us looking young and keeps the cellulite at bay. The whole body is made up of collagen. When drinking bone broth, you may see improved and glowing skin, hair, nails and joints that feel good. Broth may be beneficial for those with arthritis and even cellulite!
Homemade Crock Pot Bone Broth:
I want to provide a simple way that anyone can prepare homemade crock pot bone broth. Bones can be found at a local butcher or health food store.
- Buy pastured or grass-fed bones (beef or chicken)
- Put bones in a crock pot and fill with water and then with ~1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- *Optional: Roast bones first for 30 minutes at 350° for extra flavor
- Add other seasonings that you like (carrots, celery, onion, garlic, thyme)
- Cook on low for 12-24 hours
- Cool (there will be a layer of fat, just take this off when it solidifies and discard)
Things to Keep in Mind:
- The broth will gel (this is a good thing!) but will liquefy upon heating
- Freezing is a good option when making a large batch
- Broth will be good in the fridge for up to 5 days
How To Use Broth
- Soups (just like when you dump a carton in)
- Plain (I promise it tastes good)
- Cook rice in broth instead of water
- Homemade sauces
- Stewing meats
Fresh Flavors: Making homemade crock pot bone broth is easy and it helps us stay young and feel good.