How to make bone broth:
When doing some research on the internet looking for a simple bone broth recipe, I was unable to find anything but soup stock recipes! Even my three favorite posts on this topic only had recipes for stock. They are written by my friends and colleagues. This one by Jordan and Steve at SCD Lifestyle. This one by Katie at Wellness Mama. And this one by Sally at Nourishing Traditions.
Because this is for those who need that extra nourishment while doing my Probiotic Power Cleanse, I want to make sure the recipe is simple and easy.
This is how I make it:
You will need about 2 pounds of bones, you can use beef or chicken bones.
First, I parbroil the bones. I learned this from making Pho, a delicious Vietnamese soup that is often eaten for breakfast.
“When you simmer bones they release “scum” or impurities. If you don’t get rid of this, you’ll be stuck with a cloudy broth. Not good. We like our Pho to be as clear and clean as possible, so we add an extra step. Add the bones to a large stockpot, cover with cold water then bring to a boil. Boil for a few minutes then throw the water and bones into a strainer. Discard the water then rinse the bones to get rid of all the impurities. Also, make sure you give the pot a rinse, too — there will be scum on the bottom and sides of the pot.” This excerpt is from an awesome Pho recipe.
After parboiling the bones, I place the bones in a large stock pot (or electric crock pot if you're worried about sleeping with the stove on) and fill the pot to the top with water. When I interviewed Sally Fallon-Morrel during the Gut Rebuilding Experts Telesummit, she said that what I was making was more of a ‘bone tea’ since it contains more water. For a more strong and concentrated bone broth reduce the water to half way to the top or fill the pot with bones and cover with water. I recommend starting with the bone tea and working your way up.
Next bring to a boil and reduce to a low simmer for 24-48 hours. After about 8 hours of simmering I sometimes add 2 tablespoons of vinegar, but I recommend leaving this step out during the Probiotic Power Cleanse.
You can ladle the soup directly out of the pot while it is simmering. You can also pour everything through a strainer and store in glass jars in the fridge. You may freeze your bone broth, but be careful, when I’ve done this in mason jars they break, even when I leave enough room.
My favorite things to do with broth:
- To each mug of bone broth you drink add a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of miso, or my favorite, a shot of sauerkraut brine. Drink it for breakfast in the morning. Yum!
- Use it as a base for any kind of soup you create.
- Replace bone broth for the water you normally cook your grains with.
- Pour it on squash and add smoked alder sea salt. Super yum!
When I drink bone broth I'm super careful to remove the fat. Otherwise I end up eating more fat than my body can process. Be cautious of the bone broth baby fat syndrome. Many people I know get on the bone broth bandwagon and add extra padding quickly.
Use the fat to sauté your onions and greens. Excellent for dairy-free folks as a butter replacement!