“Have you tried making your own bone broth?” My Naturopath asked. Oh crap. No I hadn’t, but it has been on my to-do list for over a year now, if that counts. Yes, I’ve heard of the countless benefits:

  • Easily digestible and can help heal the lining of the gut due to the gelatin
  • Has a ton of minerals and nutrients that we just don’t get from the store bought version
  • Reduces joint pain and inflammation due to the glucosamine and other compounds from the cartilage
  • The collagen and gelatin keeps our hair and nails strong and beautiful
  • Homemade bone broth is healthier and cheaper than store bought
  • Easy to make

Ok, that last one is what got me. It’s easy to make? For some reason I’ve always envisioned it being a royal pain in the ass and taking up way too much time. However, after doing some research and reading “The Bone Broth Miracle” by Ariane Resnick, I realized there’s no down side to trying this out.

My gut sucks, to put it lightly. Having celiac disease which was undiagnosed for quite some time means I haven’t been absorbing nutrients properly for who knows how long which has lead to a lot of unpleasant symptoms. Apparently bone broth can start to heal not only my gut but add nutrients I’ve been missing back into my diet in a healthy and simple manner. Let’s give it a whirl..

(I started off with beef bone broth because I made short ribs in the slow cooker and had those bones readily available.)

What you need:

  • Bones. Grass-fed and organic, please. I wasn’t sure which to buy so I asked my local butcher and he gave me a lovely assortment of knuckle and neck bones which I added to my pound of short rib bones. (I just threw those in there because I had them). The butcher sawed them in half so they’d fit in the slow cooker easily. I had about 5.5lbs of bones in total. IMG_5240
  • 5 quarts of filtered water. If you are making a different amount, use the ratio 1 pound of bones to 1 quart of water. *Note: Every once in a while I’d add more water into the slow cooker once it evaporated, so that the bones were always covered.
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic *optional

What to do:

  • Roast the bones in the oven at 400 degrees for roughly 30-45 minutes (until they are browned) IMG_5245
  • Place them in slow cooker and add water, apple cider vinegar, water and bay leaves
  • Cook for 36-48 hours on low, adding water when needed so bones are covered and skimming the fat and film from the top as it cooks
  • *Optional: Add garlic during last hour of cook time
  • When finished cooking, let cool a bit and strain out the bones
  • Pour into glass tupperware
  • Once it cools a layer of fat will develop on top, this is good! Use this fat for cooking. IMG_5262

Storage: When pouring into glass jars leave an inch or so from the top. Always keep the layer of fat on top if you’re going to refrigerate for longer than 5 days as this helps keep from spoiling. Now I just finished making my first batch so I haven’t stored it yet, but I’ve read that with a layer of fat on top it can be in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If you want to keep for longer then put it in the freezer for up to 6 months.

After having mine in the fridge over night, I was super excited when I cut through the layer of fat and saw the this jelly-like substance in the dish– that means it was done properly! IMG_5263

There are many uses for bone broth. I’m going to start out simple by drinking a cup each day, maybe adding rice and veggies to a bowl and putting some into recipes for some extra flavor. I’m quite pleased with the finished product and how easy it was to make.IMG_5265

Try this and let me know how yours turned out and what recipes you’re using it in!

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