Submitted by Sharon Hunter
Healthy Bone Broth
- 6 or 7 marrow bones (beef marrow bones are huge, ask the butcher to cut 3 of them them into 3 pieces and then cut them length wise in half again)
- 2 or 3 chicken feet and 1 chicken carcass (optional but contains extra gelatine which is great for you)
- 2 onions
- 3 Garlic cloves
- 3 or 4 bay leaves
- 2 carrots in pieces
- 2 stalks of celery in pieces
- 3 or 4 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
- Optional ingredients: ginger root, lemongrass, lime leaves etc ..
- Roast the marrow bones in the oven for 30/45 min on 180/200 degrees Celsius fan force (this helps with dept of flavour but also makes the marrow more available).
- Fill the SC with cold water (not full as you will have to put ingredients in) and add 3 or 4 TBS of apple cider vinegar. Rest the bone in the water after they have roasted for around 30 min, this will help extract all the gelatine from the marrow and bones, its the most nutritious part! Amazingly good for you, babies and kids!
- Once rested add chicken bones if using them and the veggies.
- Cook on high for 1.5 hours, then put on low and I usually try to cook mine for 72 hours, but 48 is good as well. Make sure all the bones are covered with water. (if using chicken bones remove them after 24 hours)
- You can add water as it cooks if you like but make sure its boiling water.
- The first few hours of simmering, youll need to skim the impurities that float to the surface with a fine-mesh skimmer. Discard. I find that Grass-fed and healthy animals does produce much less of scum as conventional animals.
- The longer you cook the stock, the richer and more flavorful it will be. About 10 minutes before finishing the stock, add fresh herbs like parsley, basil or coriander, depending on your preference. This will impart additional mineral ions to the broth.
- Once its done, remove bones and strain it in a very fine strainer and place in fridge in a container.
- All the fat will solidify on top, remove it with a spoon and keep the jelly broth underneath if you like, but if you have used bones from grass fed animals you can keep the fat and its great for you as well.
- FYI:You can add water and vinegar to the cooked bones and re-simmer for another 48-72 hours. 😉 The bones are very generous. So generous that you can reuse bones for at least six times. Once the bones disintegrate and gave it their all. Start with fresh bones.
- Amazing for any home cooking or to give to babies and mix with their food.
- I usually freeze mine in jars or silicone muffin tins and place in freezer bags once set, this way I can grab it whenever I want.
- I didn't add seasoning cause I use it for my 6 month old baby but when you use it for cooking you can add seasoning then.
- if you just Google "benefits of Bone Broth" you will come across thousands of articles, blogs and wellbeing websites. Its amazingly good for you! My husband had Chron's disease so it helps him tremendously, my 6 months old baby LOVES to eat it like that, as gelatine, or mixed with other food.
- Its cheap to make and really easy, enjoy! 🙂
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