A bit of bone broth history…
Despite all the trendy marketing on bone broth lately, the benefits of bone broth are not a new thing. Bone broth has been around for centuries. Our ancestors truly knew how to utilize every part of an animal, including its bones. History shows that bone broth was a part of various cultures, stretching from East to West. Whether it was used for food consumption or medicine purposes, bone broth was a staple in homes around the world.
Fast forward to hundreds of years later, big profit-driven companies have essentially destroyed bone broths true meaning and benefits. Not going to mention names, I’m sure you’re familiar with these brands, but to me, loading a can with MSG, sodium, and powder veggies does not constitute a product as bone broth. No judgement here on buying/using these products (we’ve all been there before), but what if you could take it back, waayyy back, like 500 years back, and enjoy the benefits of real bone broth (without all that added crap)? What if I told you all you needed where a few whole veggies, some spices, and left over bones you were going to throw out anyway? It’s that simple folks. The benefits of bone broth are not complicated so why make making it complicated? Let’s make our ancestors proud, let’s keep it real and wholesome!
Before we get into this tasty and easy chicken bone broth recipe, let’s take a minute to appreciate all its health benefits. Here are a few key benefits to get you on board the homemade bone broth making train… (recipe to follow).
Benefits of bone broth…
- Supports digestion – natural gelatin in bone broth helps repair stomach lining
- Boosts immune system – minerals in bone broth help combat colds and viruses
- Strengthens bones – contains calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, supporting bone health
- Supports collagen production and joints – loads with amino acids supporting skin and joint health
- Helps kidney function – contains arginine, helping kidney filter and balance body
- Supports overall energy and health – packed with natural minerals and nutrients
Easy Chicken Bone Broth Recipe
- Left over bones from 1 cooked whole chicken it’s ok if there’s small bits of fat on the bones
- 3 medium organic carrots roughly chopped
- 3 organic celery stalks roughly chopped with leaves left on, the more leaves the better
- 1 white onion cut in four cut in half, then half again
- 4 slices organic lemon
- Handful of Italian parsley washed
- 1 crushed garlic clove or 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp grated or minced ginger
- 2 tsp fine Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 6 cups water approximately
- Tip: Always use an acidic component when making bone broth because it helps extract all the nutrients out of the bones. I’ve used lemon here but you can also use apple cider vinegar or crushed tomatoes.
- Wash and chop veggies.
- Add all ingredients to a crockpot/slow cooker, adding carrots, celery, onion in first, then chicken bones, then everything else around the bones.
- Pour enough water to cover all ingredients. This can very based on the size of your bones and veggies. For me it was approximately 6-7 cups.
- Set crockpot on low for 14 hours.
- Remove crock post lid, let cool for 10 minutes. Remove and discard bones and large vegetable pieces.
- With a strainer over a large bowl (preferable one with a spout), strain all of the remaining liquid. It’s ok if small pieces of ginger/garlic or fat get in the broth, this will give it added flavour when using in the future.
- Pour this liquid into mason jars or air tight glass containers.
- If storing in the freezer, do not fill containers over ¾ of the way.
- Lasts in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Check water and flavouring at the 10 hour mark. Depending on your crockpot brand/setting, if you’ve noticed a substantial evaporation of water, add in a cup more at this point. Also taste test to see if you want to add in more salt/pepper/spices.
- Depending on the time of day you set the timer, 14 hours may take you into the middle of the night. No biggy -this recipe does well for up to 18 hours. Check it before you go to bed and extend it by 4-5 hours if you have to.
- This recipe also works well with large fish and beef bones.
Not only is chicken bone broth super nutritious, it’s also great for using to make soups, stews, sauces, cooking rice, ramen noodle bowls, and drinking on its own. Give this recipe a try and share your thoughts with me in the comment section below or on social media.
Helping you put Wellness 1st,