Healing Bone Broth
You’ve probably heard of bone broth by now, as it’s become one of the most happening food trends in the past year. But what if we told you that bone broth isn’t actually a new and exciting trend, but a technique that most cultures have used for hundreds of years to heal the sick and up their immune systems? Indeed, it’s true! Most commonly known as stock in the culinary world, bone broth is made up of bones (whether beef, chicken, or a combination of both), as well as vegetables. An acid is added to the mixture, helping the nutrients steep out of the bones and into the water. Classic vegetables for a stock are carrots, celery, and onions - for this recipe, we’ve added garlic to the mix because of its incredible health benefits.
Making your own stock has its own benefits, first and foremost being that you know every ingredient that goes in it and can tailor it to your family’s needs and desires. Plus, the flavor of homemade bone broth is 1000 times better than anything you can get at your local grocery store. That’s why it’s best to make it in large batches using the American Kitchen 6-quart or 8-quart Premium Stainless Steel Stock Pot. Typically, we like to double this recipe and make it in both pots at the same time, so by the time we're done, we have enough stock for a couple of soups. Because yes, you can make bone broth and sip on it on its own, but it’s best used as a fortifying base for soups and stews.
A stock pot is an essential tool in our kitchen, especially in the cooler months of fall and winter, when we am making one pot of soup after another. A stock pot like these ones from American Kitchen Cookware are perfect because of their superior heat conductivity - but the best part is that the handles stay cool, even after simmering for hours. And that’s what you have to do to make the most beneficial bone broth - it’s simmered for almost 5 hours (traditionally it’s simmered for 24 hours but we adapted it for the home cook). That time helps the apple cider vinegar draw out all the nutrients from the bones and vegetables, while infusing the broth with flavor.
Some of the health benefits of consuming bone broth on a regular basis include: protects your joints and improves your skin thanks to the collagen from the bones, as well as the high concentration of minerals improves your immune system. Make sure to take some time next weekend and simmer around some bone broth for your family!
Healing Bone Broth
Yields 2 quarts
4.5 pounds beef bones
4 large carrots, chopped
6 celery stalks, chopped
2 large yellow onions, chopped
1 garlic head, chopped
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
16 cups filtered water
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1. Place all the ingredients in a stock pot and simmer over medium heat for 3-5 hours, or more if time allows.
2. Once done, strain and store in airtight jars in the refrigerator or plastic bags in the freezer.
3. To drink, reheat some of the bone broth and season with salt and pepper.
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