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It’s the perfect time of year to learn how and why you should be making bone broth for your family.
My Mom always made homemade chicken soup by slow boiling an entire chicken for hours. It’s still one my favorite recipes and I always feel great making it for my family and as soon as anyone shows signs of sickness I get to work.
I learned about the benefits of bone broth from Sally Fallon who is the author of the book, Nourishing Traditions. If you’ve never read this book and desire to eat a whole foods diet, I highly suggest you make the investment.
Bone broth is full of vitamins, minerals, and collagen which are easily absorbed by your body. With these nutritional benefits, bone broth helps to heal your gut lining, is great for your joints and can even give you beautiful skin and nails. Bone broth is an immune boosting food and can reduce the symptoms of the cold and flu viruses.
Bone broth can help move toward healing ADD, ADHD, and anxiety. To learn more about that you can research the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Diet by Dr. Campbell-McBride.
I used bone broth to help heal my gut after 4-1/2 years of antibiotics for chronic Lyme disease. I still make bone broth and homemade chicken soup for my family whenever anyone sick.
Whenever we have roasted chicken or any meat with bones I’ll throw the bones in a ziplock back and keep them in the freezer until I’m ready to use them.
Here’s an easy recipe to get you started.
1 Whole Chicken or 3lbs of bones, including neck, wings and legs
2 Large Carrots, chopped
2 Celery Sticks, cut in half
1 large onion, sliced in half
4 Cloves of Garlic, peeled and chopped
1 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt
2-3 Tablespoons Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Place all the ingredients in a large pot and fill with filtered water.
2. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 8 hours.
3. Let cool and then remove all the cooked bones and vegetables.
4. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
5. Let cool and then refrigerate where it will last for 1 week. You can also freeze for up to 3 months.
*Optional: make in a crock pot and simmer for 24 hours.
I hope you’ll add bone broth to your diet and especially as a healthier option to canned soups during the cold winter months.