Bone broth has become very popular these days, thanks to health-conscious individuals. It’s popularity is so owing to the belief that it comes with amazing health benefits.
Although there are limited scientific research on bone broth itself, people who take it strongly suggest that drinking it may be very beneficial.
This article takes a closer look at bone broth, its potential benefits and how to make it.
What is this bone broth?
Bone broth is made by simmering the bones and connective tissue of animals, commonly used in soups, sauces, and gravies. Asides that, it has also recently gained popularity as a health drink.
Bone broth dates back to prehistoric times, when hunter-gatherers turned inedible animal parts like bones, knuckles and hooves into a broth they could drink.
You can make bone broth using bones from any animal —be it chicken, turkey, fish, beef, pork, veal, lamb, bison, buffalo…anything bone. In Asia, fins can also be used, especially shark fins.
Here’s the guide to making that nutritious bowl of bone broth;
Although there are a variety of recipes online, most people don’t even use a recipe because it is pretty simple and straightforward.
All you really need is a large pot, water, vinegar, onion (optional), slight pepper (still optional for taste)and bones.
1 gallon (4 liters) of water
2 tbsp (30 mL) apple cider vinegar
2–4 pounds (about 1–2 kg) of animal bones
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place all ingredients in a large pot and let it boil.
Reduce to a simmer and let it cook for 12–24 hours. The longer it cooks, the better it will taste and more nutritious it will be. Allow the broth to cool. Strain it into a large container and discard the solids.
For a tastier and more nutritious bowl of broth, it is best to use a variety of bones — marrow bones, oxtail, knuckles, and feet. You can even mix and match bones in the same batch.
Adding vinegar is important because it helps pull all of the valuable nutrients out of the bones and into the water, which is ultimately what you will be consuming.
You can also add vegetables, herbs, or spices to your broth to enhance the flavour.
Common additions include garlic, onion, celery, carrot, parsley, and thyme. These can be added right away in step one.
While it is advisable and easy to make broth in large batches, it can only be stored safely in the refrigerator for up to five days. So, to help your broth last longer, you can freeze it in small containers and heat up individual servings when you need it. Now that you know, go ahead and enjoy your nutritional bowl of broth.
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