Bone Broth: Everything You Must Know
Simple Steps in Making A Bone Broth
Bone broth is known for being full of collagen, amino acids, minerals, glycine and has been used successfully as a natural treatment or adjuvant therapy for various diseases.
The preparation method varies according to the type of bones used, cooking time and choice of ingredients, but the basic steps are the same:
First to be done during any type of bone broth preparation is to soak the bones in warm water for an hour or so to remove the blood and other impurities (these could cause your broth to turn brown). Then wash them well.
Water is added (enough to cover the bones) and brought to boiling point. Bones that release more minerals during cooking are left in longer; bones that release fewer minerals are cooked for shorter time periods.
Cooking time can range from 1 hour up to 48 hours depending on what type of collagen you’re looking for in your broth, but it’s usually around 4 – 24 hours.
Once done, strain well through a fine-meshed strainer into another pot or container leaving only the liquid part behind. At this point, the bone broth is ready! You can also let it cool down first before putting it in jars/containers so that way when it solidifies, you can scoop it away into jars/containers for easy handling.
This is how simple steps in making bone broth are done.
What types of bones to use in making Bone Broth?
Any type of bones will do when making broth, which means that the common chicken or beef bones are good enough to extract calcium and minerals from.
However, depending on whether you’re making beef bone broth or chicken bone broth, there will be slight differences when choosing types of bones because chicken bones have less marrow than cow horns so they won’t make as creamy or gelatinous of a broth.
You can also take the ‘scraps’ from your meat when you’re about to make dinner and place it in a large pot with water, salt and pepper until the bones are boiled well.
Then remove the bones while taking care not to get any small pieces into your broth because they could clog up your strainer later. This is an efficient way to use all parts of the animal without wasting anything!
What does Bone Broth taste like?
The chicken bone broth tastes earthy, savoury and has a subtle chickeny flavour while beef bone broth tastes more intense though it’s hard to describe its unique rich flavour – one might say it’s almost buttery but not quite.
What to use Bone Broth for?
Bone broth is consumed as a beverage and used as a base for soups and casseroles. It can also be added to stews or other dishes that require stock or soup instead of just water! For example, it makes an excellent gravy.
Can you put Bone Broth in the refrigerator?
Yes, but it’s recommended to keep bone broth refrigerated for up to 5 days only because after that time has passed, mould may start to grow which means it’s not safe anymore.
If this happens, throw out the broth immediately and sterilize anything that the broth touched (bowls/containers) before making another batch of bone broth.
Why should you drink Bone Broth?
Because it’s so darn good for you! It’s rich in minerals, collagen and amino acids which help improve the immune system, skin complexion and hair quality (hello anti-aging). According to this article, drinking bone broth can help fight off colds and flu too.
What makes bone broth such a great beverage is that its nutrients easily get absorbed into your body during digestion; it’s much more effective than taking supplements or eating healthily.
What kind of differences will I see in my skin when I drink Bone Broth?
Collagen is responsible for giving your skin elasticity and strength plus it reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Since Bone Broth is rich in collagen, you’ll notice a reduction in many signs of aging like fine lines, dark circles under your eyes and acne.
Also, drinking bone broth can help with PMS symptoms because it contains magnesium which helps relax muscles plus potassium that regulates blood pressure levels. By regulating blood pressure levels, you will feel calm and less anxiety which is great to alleviate pre-menstrual tension.
How does Bone Broth address joint pain?
As arthritis sufferers are probably aware, joints always have cartilage surrounding them to prevent bones from rubbing together painfully. Cartilage is made up of collagen so when you drink Bone Broth regularly, the body uses this source of collagen to regenerate damaged cartilage.
If you don’t have enough collagen in your diet already (and if not, why not?) then your body will start breaking down healthy cartilage to create more which can lead to arthritis.
What are some other benefits of Bone Broth?
- weight loss
- reduces cellulite
- improves digestion by nourishing the gut with gelatin
- supports the immune system, skin & hair health etc.
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