Bone broth is one of those obscure natural remedies and health boosters that has been around since the beginning of time and yet remains unknown to most of the population. Traditional cooks and chefs of fine cuisine use bone broth on a regular basis. Now it seems that the rest of us are beginning to catch on to this miracle food and its unending supply of health benefits. Bone broth is packed full of nutrients to improve health and to help sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Bone broth is healthy because of the properties it contains. Broth from animal bones contains minerals that are quickly digested and absorbed by the body. Minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium are offered in rich quantities as well as sulphur, silicon, and more.
The natural compounds of chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine are also found. This compound can be bought in health food stores and is used to help reduce inflammation. Though they are plentiful, the supplements can be quite pricey but the same compound can be found in the bone broth along with many other healing properties for good health.
Bone broth contains amino acids, collagen, and gelatin that our bodies need to function in top performance. This miracle broth also contains many nutrients that simply cannot be found anywhere else in our daily food intake. The bone contains different nutrients than the meat.
Drinking bone broth on a regular basis will help to establish a healthy gut and cut down on the percentage of inflammation in your system. How? Because bone broth contains collagen that heals the lining on your stomach and diminishes inflammation along the intestinal track. It also contains gelatin which helps to grow good bacteria in the digestive track to improve conditions in the stomach.
Bone broth is full of minerals that help to support a healthy immune system and helps to cut down on food allergies. This wonderful broth also boosts joint health and reduces body fat! Meat broths can be found in the store in many different varieties but they do not help to heal the way natural bone broth does. Store bought cans of broth are usually made from a bouillon base and have been mixed with preservatives causing them to lose their health benefits. Monosodium glutamate is usually added to canned broths. This preservative is known to be a neurotoxin.
To get real bone broth in its purest and most beneficial form you need to make it at home in the privacy of your own kitchen. It is extremely inexpensive and the benefits to you and your family are outstanding. To make a simple bone broth at home follow these easy steps:
First of all, when choosing meat bone to work with, try to get bones from grass-fed animals. That way you know that the bones you use are sure to be made from natural ingredients without hormones. Bones can be found in the meat that you use for cooking. Just save them back to use for broth. You can also get meat bones from a local butcher or meat counter. We have chosen sheep for our broth here but you can substitute it for any meat that you choose.
SHEEP BONE BROTH RECIPE
Ingredients that you will need:
If you are using raw sheep bones you might want to roast them in your oven first. This improves their flavour in your broth. Simply put your bones in a roasting pan and roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 180 degrees C.
After roasting, place them in a large stock pot with water and vinegar. Let the bones sit for half an hour in the cool water before continuing. This step soaks your bones in the acid water ensuring more nutrients to be pulled to the surface.
Next, chop your onion, carrots, and celery. Add them to the pot. Turn on the heat and boil. Once it has reached a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer then keep it here until your bone broth is done. Your broth should simmer for hours. In the first 2 hours of simmering, check your broth for bits that will rise to the surface. As these impurities rise they may look like a film or foam. Using a spoon, skim this off of the surface and discard.
You can add your desired spices to the broth during its last 30 minutes of cooking. When down, remove from heat. Using a metal strainer, strain your broth for all remaining bone fragments and similar bits or vegetables. Let cool then store in an air-tight container in your refrigerator. Bone broth can be stored up to 5 days and can be frozen for later use.