Man oh man! When I first started writing this post it was such a cold morning! As a born and raised Calgarian you’d think I’d handle cold weather with ease but since moving to the West Coast, let me tell you, I’ve gotten soft. Eeek! 🙈. The other day while dropping off my eldest at his outdoor preschool I actually caught myself saying I was ready for rain again as that means warmer temperatures! Granted there was still snow on the ground but seriously what’s happened to me?! I used to wear bare legs in the negative digits! Well, at least I have homemade bone broth to warm my “Wares” (haha) which is exactly what this blog post is all about!!!
Oh the nourishing power of homemade bone broth! If you read my last piece on coconut milk you’d already know that homemade bone broth was on my horizon. I’m still all about happy guts and this little elixir is happiness in a jar. 😉
The Benefits of Bone Broth
Homemade bone broth really is a healing food and the main reason why…gelatin! I’ll post more on gelatin soon but in a nutshell gelatin:
- Protects and heals your digestive tract…no more leaky gut!
- Promotes healthy bowel movements
- Balances out your meat intake and subsequent homocysteine production
- Promotes healthy skin
- Supports joint health
If you’re itching for more detail check out Westin Price’s article titled “Why Broth is Beautiful: Essential Roles for Proline, Glycine and Gelatin” and Chris Kresser’s article titled “5 Reasons Why Nearly Everyone (Even Vegetarians) Should Eat Gelatin” (written by Laura Schoenfield, RD). Both articles have excellent information!
Homemade Bone Broth Recipe
My old method for making bone broth was to fill a large pot with grass fed beef bones or pastured organic chicken carcasses, filtered water, carrots, onions, celery, bay leaves and a splash of apple cider vinegar. I would keep it boiling for 1 -2 days and it made excellent broth. However, since the addition of the Instant Pot to my kitchen gadgets this little device makes outstanding broth in half the time or less.
If you want a richer broth I do recommend roasting the bones first but it’s certainly not necessary for the benefits of the broth. Homemade bone broth can be added to SO many dishes to boost the nutritional quality of the meal. Soups, sauces, stews and pretty much any recipe that requires liquid. I recently tried using it to make rice pasta for the kids in my Instant Pot and the result was amazing!
Next time you have a recipe that calls for water, replace it with homemade bone broth! Let me know what you think!
Here’s to happy guts!