This is such a simple little recipe, yet this age old drink has mighty powers. When I first read about the benefits of bone broth I was a little put off by the concept of boiling bones and drinking the reduction, but having consumed it regularly now for the past few months I can honestly say, it’s one of the most healing natural remedies I’ve come across.
Bone broth is amazing for gut health, reduces inflammation in the body, boosts your immune system and promotes healthy hair and nail growth. It contains easily absorbable calcium, magnesium phosphorous, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals and the gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid, helping to support proper digestion and repair a leaky gut.
I drink a cup of this every other day and often give it to the children, particularly if they are feeling run down. If a cup of this on it’s own doesn’t appeal to you or your kids you could make a noodle broth with it by adding some cooked noodles, fresh coriander, a squeeze of lime and some finely sliced spring onion.
If you have a slow cooker it couldn’t be easier to make:
- Simply throw 400g of grass fed, organic meat bones, (I like using beef bones or a roast chicken carcass), into the pot. You can ask your local butcher if he/she has some spare and opt for feet, knuckles, oxtail etc – cartilage and marrow rich bones.
- Add 5 tablespoons of a good quality cider vinegar, a large pinch of sea salt, a bay leaf, a carrot, a white onion and a celery stalk, all chopped roughly into large chunks.
- Cover the bones with water and cook on low for 6 -12 hours – the longer the better.
- You can add garlic, chilli and other herbs as well to tailor it to your liking but I rather like the unadulterated, unfancy version.
- When it’s cooked, strain it through a fine sieve and store in the fridge for up to 6 days.
If you prefer a lighter version you can skim the fat off once it has cooled. I tend to skim about half the fat off leaving the other half in for both flavour and goodness. I often freeze half the batch for later and keep the other half to hand in the fridge. This is the perfect time of year to introduce bone broth to your family table – keeping those colds and bugs at bay and nourishing yourself from the inside out.
What’s your favourite homemade remedy? I’d love to hear your natural healing choices as I’m sure other readers would too.