Benefits of bone broth to your health

I have cooked from scratch all of my life, but with that said I have used short cuts over the last 20 years. I have bought Chili con Carne, Moussaka, Stroganoff… mixes as a base to make my own. I have bought dried gravy packets instead of making my gravy. I thought it was more  convenient. I have bought cubed bouillon, because until recently I did not know how to properly make bone broth.  If you think about it, most of those things don’t save that much time in preparing the meal you are cooking, except making your own bouillon. Then I learned about all the harmful ingredients  inside these products are and have stopped using them.

I  read about using herbs and spices for their health benefits and nutritional value. I learned about probiotic foods that aid your digestion and immune system…. We eat parboiled rice, high fiber bread, fish, nuts, lots of fruit and vegetables trying to eat a health conscious diet.   I really thought that we were eating healthy.  Then I began reading about Organic vs GMO’s. The more I read it was a no brainer to start an organic garden.

I have often wondered why our conventional diets do not meet our daily nutritional needs. I really have been against eating vitamin supplements to get my daily nutritional requirements as much as possible. I would rather get it from my diet and the original source. Recent articles that I have read have answered that question for me. Conventional farming has stripped the soil of nutrients and the food grown in it and live stock feed lacks the nutritional value. Thus we have to supplements what is lacking in our diet. The sales of these products are a multi billion dollar business. Is is any wonder why obesity has become so wide-spread? People are eating more because their bodies are craving nutrients that aren’t in their diet. They are eating the wrong diet and are often unaware of it.

Grass fed and free range animals and organically grown food have higher nutritional value. This information has only strengthen my resolve to continue reading and learning to return to the diet of 100 years ago. Lard, bone broth, quinoa and couscous just to name a few foods if  they are organically grown are a better way to eat. Vitamins and supplements for the most part become obsolete.

Here is a recent article from Mother Earth News taking up the issue of traditional food movement and highlighting the nutritional value of Bone broth. I hope you find this as interesting as I have when I read it. I who am borderline for osteoporosis have started making my bone broth from now on.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/bone-broth-benefits-from-digestion-to-joint-pain-zbcz1408.aspx?newsletter=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=HE%20eNews&utm_campaign=9.8.14%20HE#axzz3E8D3Lc00

Food politics of today make no sense to me. Why is it that processed food is cheaper than traditional foods? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Macaroni and cheese mix is cheaper than making it from scratch. A frozen whole chicken is more expensive than buying frozen cut up chicken thighs. Wouldn’t you think it would be the other way around? I have seen a change in Sweden’s grocery stores, which I have found alarming. Today’s markets have huge frozen precooked food section, frozen dinners and package mixes which you didn’t exist here 10 years ago much less 30 years ago. I am glad to see that trend is starting to reverse because the demand for organic fresh traditional food is on the rise. Just giving you some food for thought.

Bone broth recipe

Bones from poultry, fish, shellfish shells, beef, lamb reminients from meals can be used to make broth. You can freeze these carcasses, until you have time to boil them.

Lay the bones in cold water with 2 tablespoons per quart of vinegar (apple cider- , red-, white-, rice and balsamic vinegar and even lemon juice). Combine bones, water and vinegar in a pot and let it stand for 30 minutes to 1 hours. This helps the vinegar or citric acid leach out the nutrients from the bone. Then bring the pot to a boil remove any scum that rises to the top. I season it to my taste. Reduce the heat to a simmer (6-48 hrs chicken, 12-72 for beef). To reduce cooking time smash or cut the bone. A crock pot is excellent way to make bone broth.  If desired, add vegetables scraps in the last 1/2 hour. Strain through a cheesecloth lined colander or sieve. Discard bones and vegetables.

The broth will gel which has important nutritional component. Broth may be frozen for a month or kept in fridge for about 5 days.

 

Honey

 

 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/bone-broth-benefits-from-digestion-to-joint-pain-zbcz1408.aspx?newsletter=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=HE%20eNews&utm_campaign=9.8.14%20HE#axzz3DxGPvCPa

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Posted on September 23, 2014, in Everyday Life, Recipes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. My son makes bone broth. He bakes them in the oven first. I’ll have to ask him for further information. I’ve been freezing bones lately to make broth but I haven’t been cooking it as long as you have. Yes, those packets contain a lot of sodium! I’m glad you stopped using them ; – )

  2. *Sigh!* He said he doesn’t remember saying that he baked the bones first. I’m pretty sure it was him who said that but it’s possible I read it online somewhere. To be continued……

  3. I’ve now seen a few websites that say to bake the bones. Here is a link to one: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/beef-stock-recipe.html
    Also, if you click the link in your article above, then click the link “here” in that article, the Townsend letter, towards the very end, the sentence just before Appendix B, it says, “**Raw bones and meat may be browned first in the oven, or in the bottom of the stockpot to enhance flavor and color.”
    I like Emeril Lagasse’s idea to coat the bones with tomato paste. I’m going to try that with baked chicken bones and then boil them. This is an interesting idea!

  4. Great post! Thank you for the link to the article in Mother Earth News. After reading I am convinced bone broth might help my osteoarthritis and digestive problems. I started saving bones last week to use in my first pot of bone broth. I like the recipe you used and will let you know how mine turns out. Now that cooler weather is here, broth would be a great meal! Will let you know how it turns out.

    Wanda

    • Hi Wanda,
      It is nice to meet you. We buy animals directly from the farmer. We butcher the meat outselves, which makes it easier to save meaty bones for bone broth. I use the bone broth in soups, gravy and stews. I hope that you see positive results on your health soon.
      Honey

      • It’s nice meet you too Honey. If I can get some bones from the local butcher, I am going to start my first pot of broth today.

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