Just yesterday, I walked into our office space where my mom was happily gathering her supplies for the bone broth we were going to make. I just talked her into buying an Instant Pot, which is a super awesome electric pressure cooker. She had bought me one for Christmas last year and I have been raving to her about how I can never be without it. My husband actually makes fun of me because it has found a permanent home on our kitchen counter top. I just can't seem to put it away because I make a batch of bone broth about every other day.
I consume bone broth to:
1) Treat leaky gut syndrome
2) Overcome food intolerances and allergies
3) Improve joint health
4) Reduce cellulite
5) Boost my immune system
Nutrition researchers Sally Fallon and Kaayla Daniel, of the Weston A. Price Foundation, explain that bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and others. Chicken broth also contains amino acids that reduce inflammation in the respiratory system and improve digestion. Keep in mind that you will not reap these amazing benefits if you are buying a box of "stock" or "broth" at your local grocery store. American food these days has been so commercialized that most of the time you will find flavored water and some grocery store "broths" are loaded with neurotoxins like MSG. You definitely do not want to be drinking that! The real deal bone broth is referred to as nature's multivitamin. Homemade bone broth is packed full of over 19 bioavailable ( easy for your body to absorb) essential and non essential amino acids, collagen (which helps to keep all your connective tissue in good health), other nutrients that support digestive functions, immunity and brain health. Bone broth is a game changer! It can help you heal so you have the strength to go out and make the world a better place.
Bone broth made in the Instant Pot takes about 4 ½ hours from start to finish. If you chose to make the broth in a stock pot you would want to bring the broth to a boil and then reduce the heat to a very low simmer, allowing it to cook for a minimum of 12 hours and preferably up to 24 hours for chicken or 48 hours for beef. Turn off the heat and allow the broth to cool. Strain it through a fine strainer lined with cheese cloth, the bones and any meat can then be discarded or given to your cat or dog. Our cat, Skywalker, loves broth day! Put the cooled stock in containers for storage in the refrigerator or freezer. Bone Broth can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and it is good in the freezer for several months. Be very careful if freezing your broth in mason jars. Unfortunately, I lost about 10-12 jars of broth; I don't believe the jars I had were meant for freezing because they would break every time. I have since purchased these great BPA free freezer containers. They work amazingly and I have not experienced any cracks or breaks. Remember to leave a space at the top of your container as the broth will expand. A word of caution, do NOT microwave your bone broth. The microwave changes the molecular makeup of the gelatin in homemade broth and it becomes toxic to the liver, kidneys and nervous system! I have a small 1 quart stainless steel pan I use to rewarm my broth. If you know that your body has some healing to do I recommend 2-3 cups of bone broth a day. Sometimes, it is helpful to have 1 cup with each meal. If you are in good health and looking to keep your gut healthy, 1 cup a day is a good rule to live by.
John Henry's offers so many different bones for broth. Here is a breakdown for you:
Chicken Feet - They are very high in collagen; even similar to what is found in green leafy vegetables. Click here to see an article discussing the health benefits of chicken feet.
Necks & Backs- All the different small joints in these bones make them the gold standard broth. You cannot go wrong with a mixture of these bones
Soup Bones -These are beef neck bones. They do have some meat still left on them and they are great for your standard beef broth.
Knuckle Bones - Bones from the beef knuckle- these make great broth because of the tendons and other connective tissue still attached to the bones.
Marrow Bones - A great Super food. Bone marrow is nutrient dense and full of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and lipids. Consuming bone marrow will help improve brain function, maintain healthy bones, support immune systems, speed up the healing process of any injury.
Oxtail - Just like the name suggests this is beef tail. Believe it or not, the oxtail makes a delicious soups. All of the connective tissue, tendons, ligaments along with the marrow goes through the tail. There is plenty of meat on the tail for a soup or to make a great meaty flavored broth.