Bone Broth Benefits: How to Incorporate Into Your Holiday Season Recipes
There are a great deal of bone broths now out on the market. Whether they are sold in your local grocery store or ordered from a broth delivery service, there is no doubt that these broths hold a vast nutritional benefit. Knowing how to choose the most nutritious broth however can be confusing. Many consumers often get tricked into buying more “stocks” vs. broths; stocks tend to have much lower mineral/protein content. Here are a few tips to help you choose the highest quality product.
Ideally broths should typically simmer for a very long period of time (often in excess of 24 hours), with the purpose not only to produce gelatin from collagen-rich joints but also to release minerals from bones. Choosing a high quality bone that is from a sustainable organic farm is also essential, as the intent is avoiding needless antibiotics or hormones in your broth. When purchasing a premade broth look for these details on the label.
Why bone broth is good for you
- Anti Inflammatory
- Boosts Immunity
- Gelatin and collagen from bones help repair damaged muscle tissue as well as coat bone joints= decreased pain/improved movement
- Helps aid in digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Promotes supple/strengthened skin/nails/hair
How to Use Bone Broth
- Drink it plain with a little salt, ground pepper and crushed garlic or seasoning of choice. Add turmeric, ginger and lemon for added anti-inflammatory/immunity boost.
- Braise & Roast Meats with broth to promote more moist/higher protein preparations
- Soups & Stews can use broth as a base
- Braising Vegetables
- Cook/boil with rice or lentils or grain of choice
How to Store Bone Broth
Bone broth can be stored in the refrigerator for no more than a week. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays, and transfer the frozen cubes of broth to a re-sealable freezer bag where they will keep for 6 months.
If you haven’t yet tried bone broth, I highly recommend it! Milkandeggs.com have quite a few quality broths available for purchase on their site. Check it out!
- Megan Sewards MS, RD
Photo Credit: Epicurious
SHOP BONE BROTHS:
Brothee Organic Roast Chicken Bone Broth
Brothee Organic Bold Beef Bone Broth
Brothee Organic Turkey and Duck Bone Broth
Roasted Chicken Stock
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 24 hours
Total time: 24 hours 5 mins
Serves: approximately ½ gallon
- 1 Leftover Roast Chicken Carcass
- Vegetable Scraps (celery leaves, onion trimmings, carrot peels, garlic etc)
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar
- Pick the chicken carcass clean of useable meat and reserve that for another dish
- Add the chicken carcass, vegetable scraps and bay leafs to a Crockpot.
- Pour filtered water over the carcass to cover.
- Add cider vinegar.
- Cook in your slow cooker on low heat for 24-hrs or longer.
- By adding water to the cooker, you can continue to cook the broth until the chicken bones become flexible and rubbery.
- Strain the broth through a fine mesh sieve and pour into mason jars.
- The broth should gel, but it is not necessary.