It’s that time of year… flu season. Around this time is when I really try to prep soups and stews to keep myself as healthy as possible. I’ve heard about bone broth and its …
It’s that time of year… flu season. Around this time is when I really try to prep soups and stews to keep myself as healthy as possible. I’ve heard about bone broth and its benefits for a while now and really wanted to learn more!
A great friend of mine, Megan O’Keefe will often make it. Megan is an acupuncturist at River Family Wellness located in Callicoon. Go check her out! She mentioned that Chinese medicine is all about eating seasonally, so in winter when it’s already cold outside eating tons of raw vegetables/fruits or other cold foods can be really damaging to the digestive system! Ideally soups, stews, and other cooked veggies and warm comfort foods are the way to go. Which makes bone broth perfect!
You can cook it and use it just as a warm beverage throughout the day, use it to cook anywhere you would use water like making rice or other grains. It also freezes really well so you can make a huge batch and then defrost as needed.
You will need
- 2 Carrots roughly chopped
- 2 stalks celery roughly chopped
- 1 onion roughly chopped
- 3 1/2 lbs beef bones or 2 lbs chicken bones
- 3 cloves garlic smashed
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons salt
You can use any type of bones you like- If you’ve already cooked a whole chicken just use those bones. If you get raw marrow beef bones, roast them for a while in the oven to extract some flavor before putting them in the broth.
Then, you just add the bones, veggies and garlic, and about 12 cups of water. It’s important to add a few Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar to help extract the collagen from the bones properly.
Simmer for 8-12 hours skimming off any foam that forms at the top over the first hour. You can also add herbs for flavor, but save some to add in the last 10 minutes to keep the health benefits of their aromatic oils.
Bone broth is healing to the gut and the more variety of veggies and herbs you add it can be anti-inflammatory. Also, collagen is great for skin/hair and joint health. Be well and thank you Megan for all the healthy tips!
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