Have you ever heard that soup can cure the common cold? That is actually a statement based on truth, only it isn’t your run of the mill canned soup, but a nourishing long cooked mineral filled brothy soup. A broth made from bone is a nutritional powerhouse.
Homemade stock contains minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, trace minerals, and so many more that come in a form that the body can easily absorb…FOOD! It also contains glucosamine and chondroitin, you know those heavily esteemed and often expensive supplements that are on the shelves of every nutrition aisle.
Stock or broth on the grocery store shelf is not the same as homemade, but thankfully with the invention of the crock pot, homemade is super cheap and easy. Here is how you do it:
- Brown 4-5 good beef bones (with a little meat on them) up in a skillet.
- Put the browned bones, 2 cloves of garlic, and the tasty tidbits from the pan into the crockpot.
- Add enough filtered water to fill the crockpot (I have a 6 qt. crockpot).
- Add 2 TBS of Apple Cider Vinegar to the mix to help leach out the minerals from the bones.
- Turn on low and let cook for 24 hours.
I usually start my broth at 10am so that the next morning I am ready to strain and such.
After 24 hours strain your broth. I usually do this into a large soup pot, put the lid on, and put it in the fridge to cool. Once chilled in the fridge you will see fat that has risen to the top. Skim that off to use for cooking or discard it. Now…
You will have this wonderfully nutritious gelatin broth. The gelatin is a great digestive aid to heal the gut. Don’t worry though, once heated, it turns back into a liquid. I often heat it, add a little celtic sea salt, and serve it up to drink. We’re weird like that though. This broth can be used to make lots of different soups, soups that will taste so out of this world you will want to slap your Momma…just kidding, never slap your Momma she’s to precious. Seriously though, it is delicious.
Even baby girl thinks so.