Chicken Bone Broth
Many of my clients turn their nose up at making bone broth, I must admit, I was a bit dubious about it. But, this superfood cannot be over looked.
Bone broth is so easy to make. I grab bags of chicken carcasses and bones from the butchers and put them straight into my Slow Cooker along with the other ingredients. one of the most important is the Apple Cider Vinegar, which actually helps extract all of the goodness from the bones.
You can also roast a few chickens and freeze the bones until you have enough.
After 48 hours, you simply strain out the solids though a collinder and you are left with a nutrient dense chicken stock.
Why Should I Make Bone Broth?
Chicken broth is packed with large amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants; especially calcium, magnesium & phosphorous.
Bone broth is also particularly rich in two amazing amino acids: proline and glycine.
Glycine is known to inhibit the immune system and reduce activation of inflammatory cells in your body. Whether you are trying to heal from an infection, address an auto-immune disease, or reduce inflammation caused by refined and processed foods or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), high levels of dietary glycine are critical.
Proline has an additional role in reversing atherosclerotic deposits. It enables the blood vessel walls to release cholesterol buildups into your blood stream, decreasing the size of potential blockages in your heart and the surrounding blood vessels. Proline also helps your body break down proteins for use in creating new, healthy muscle cells.
- Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion: The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion.
- Reduces joint pain and inflammation, courtesy of chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, and other compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage
- Promotes strong, healthy bones: bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation
- Fights inflammation: Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects. Arginine, for example, has been found to be particularly beneficial for the treatment of sepsis (whole-body inflammation).
- Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, etc.: A study published over a decade ago found that chicken soup indeed has medicinal qualities, significantly mitigating infection.
- Giblets and carcasses from 2- 3 chickens (I might use the carcasses from two chickens but also bones saved
- from a night of wings)
- 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 medium yellow onions, roots cut off and halved
- 4- 5 carrots, washed and cut in half (or about 2 cups of baby carrots)
- 6- 8 celery stalks, washed and cut into thirds
- 6- 8 cloves of garlic
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- Enough water to cover the ingredients
- Kilner Jar
2. Cover and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to keep a low simmer for 24- 48 hours. Stir once or twice in the first few hours, and then stir at least a couple of times over the next couple of days.
3. Add the vegetables, garlic, salt and bay leaves to the pot. Increase heat to bring back up to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to maintain a simmer.
4. Cook for 4- 8 hours more, stirring every hour or so. Let simmer with lid off for the last 2- 3 hours.
5. Strain all the ingredients by pouring bone broth from one pot to another through a colander or strainer.
You can then freeze some of it and keep the rest in the fridge in your Kilner Jar
Start by having 1 warm mug per day, you can also use it for casseroles and soups.
Thanks to Sarah Ballantyne PhD and Dr. Mercola for this recipe and information.