Give your body the extra nutrients it needs to battle the crud your kids bring home. Bone Broth is a simple and delicious addition to your day!
If you buy bone broth from your local store, you are going to need a second mortgage. Conversely, with very little effort and this super simple 'recipe', you can either can or freezer a stockpile of the best and healthiest supplement you'll need this (and every) winter.
"If you are prone to eating too much and in a chaotic way, bone broth is your cure. It will literally feed your body with many nutrients while making you feel less hunger when you shouldn’t crave food.” Greg Cleland, Author and Health Expert
When you start with the most natural, highest-quality ingredients, it's impossible to end up with anything but a spectacular product. In our house, we always have a stash of grass-fed, grass-finished beef bones ready to whip up a batch of beef bone broth. We also do the same with chicken bones every time we break down a few whole chickens into parts.
The onions, carrots, and celery that we use are grown and sourced locally, and the results are sublime. Whether you heat some of this stock up in the evening and drink it straight from a mug, or you use it in your cooking, you are going boost collagen in your body, support healthy sleep, maintain your immune system more efficiently, decrease joint pain and stiffness (my favorite benefit), and aid in healthy digestion.
Simple Bone Broth That Saves You Money
Use these ingredients to make your broth, and experiment with flavors for an exciting experience every time:
Several pounds of beef bones
Experiment with Bay leaves, Cinnamon, Anise, and other flavors!
Making The Bone Broth
Pull out a stock pot, put your bones in the pot with some cold water, turn your stove on low, and let the bones simmer for about 15 minutes. This is not a mandatory step but it limits cloudiness in your final product and smooths out the flavor of your broth in the end. Once you have blanched the bones, pull them out, rinse them off, and rinse out your pot.
Heat your oven to 425 degrees, and spread your bones, carrots, celery, onion, and garlic out in a roasting pan or cookie sheet with sides. Put them in the oven to roast for 45 minutes to an hour flipping and mixing them up at least once. This step is the flavor factory. Carmelizing the meat on the bones and vegetables will just bring out all of the nuances of those products. You will be amazed at the way this enhances every bit of flavor in your broth.
Finally, put your roasted beef bones and vegetables into your stock pot and don't be afraid to scrape any of the bits off of the roasting pan, that will just add flavor! Add enough water to cover everything, and let it simmer for up to 24 hours. This will pull every bit of nutrition and flavor out of your ingredients. Don't be afraid to add water if it starts to get low. When it's done, strain your broth with either a standard strainer or some cheesecloth. Once it has cooled, you can remove any excess fat (or not).
Your wonderful bone broth can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. You can also freeze or pressure can it for later use. When you're ready to use it, the gel-like substance can be heated right up into a nutrient-dense liquid ready for you to use or drink straight!
If you are interested in giving this simple task a try, you can get your hands on some amazing grass-fed, grass-finished beef bones at The Ox Shoppe, or you can reach out to us directly at Broken Yoke Ranch.
Whether this is your first time making bone broth, or you're a seasoned pro, comment below and tell us what seasonings, spices, and flavors you use to enhance your bone broth!