Tuesday, January 17, 2012
One Man's Trash-The Treasure of Bone Broth
One man's trash truly is another man's treasure. And it may be true that the most nourishing part of your food you are throwing in the trash. The bones! Bones are composed of protein, minerals, and vitamins. The list of minerals present in bones includes:calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, silica, iron, zinc, selenium, boron, phosphorus, sulfur, chromium, and dozens of others. And we throw these powerfoods away simply because we can't chew them!
As the bones simmer in slightly acidic water, their minerals and other nutrients leach into the water. Unlike store bought stock, which is mostly salt (even the really expensive organic), Homemade broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals. Also, unlike the minerals in supplements, the minerals in broth are easily absorbed by the body.
Have achy knees? Bone broth even contains glucosamine and chondroiton, both which are thought to help ease the painful effects of arthritis and joint pain. These are some of the higher dollar supplements too, why not just make bone broth a regular part of your diet.
Further, homemade bone broths are often rich in gelatin. Gelatin is an inexpensive source of supplementary protein. Gelatin also shows promise in the fight against degenerative joint disease. It helps to support the connective tissue in your body and also helps the fingernails and hair to grow well and strong. Not only that, gelatin improves collagen status, thus supporting skin health. This is why many give credit to bone broth for eliminating cellulite, which in part occurs from the break down of collagen.
In addition to nutrients, bone broths are an extraordinarily a good source of amino acids, namely glycine and proline. Let me tell you--You need Glycine!! Glycine supports the body's detoxification process and is used in the synthesis of hemoglobin, bile salts and other naturally-occurring chemicals within the body. Glycine also supports digestion and the secretion of gastric acids. Proline, especially when paired with vitamin C, supports good skin health.
Making simple bone broth is a habit that can easily be added to the busiest of schedule and will benefit all who partake of it's nourishing warmth. By simmering bones in a slightly acidic liquid, you can break down all of those vital nutrients in to a wonderful liquid known as bone broth. For centuries, traditional cultures have been cooking bones for long periods of time to pull out all of the beneficial properties.
My Homemade Stock Recipe contains all of these great minerals and will use that chicken carcass that you were just going to throw away anyway!
To make a beef broth you will have to do a little foot work, but the Bone Broth made from animals with large bones cannot be compared to nutritionally. To obtain large bones, ask a local farmer. Most will offer them to you at a low price, some will even want to make room in their freezer and may even give you some.
Beef Bone Broth
Large Grass-fed Beef Bones
1-2 cups of veggie scraps or
1 Carrot, the Inner part of the Celery, and 1 onion
1 TBS of Apple Cider Vinegar (such as Bragg)
Add 2-3 large bones to a crock pot. Add Vinegar and veggies. Cover with water and turn on high for 2 hrs or until nice simmer is obtained reduce to low. Allow to cook for 24-48 additional hours, adding water to fill line as needed.
Stock can be used immediately, kept in the fridge (in glass) for up to a week, or frozen to use later. Use your Stock/Broth in any recipe calling for it, to make sauces, to cook veggies, in place of water when cooking rice or any other grain for a savory dish, to deglaze a pan after cooking meat, to make gravy..the list goes on and on. Hope I saved something wonderful from going in your trash!
Love and Butter,