Bone broth is such a trendy food right now, a savory drink in a mug? Yes please because I’m a total hipster. You might have come across bone broth while looking for flu remedies, reading through health/wellness blogs or seen it as an ingredient in soup recipes. Perhaps you’re late to the party and know nothing about bone broth. Well my friends, it is indeed incredibly awesome, delicious and healthy. It is also ridiculously easy to make and with all the health benefits it’s silly not to!
Bone broth is usually made in a slow cooker or pressure cooker (as in my recipe below). Beef, pork or chicken bones along with some vegetables and water get cooked until all the goodness from all these things are now in a drinkable form. You may be saying “isn’t that just called soup?”, well yes. Except bone broth is cooked for hours and hours and hours or at extremely high pressure. This process specifically extracts from the bones essential nutrients like calcium, magnesium and phosphorous that our bodies can readily absorb. Other powerfully healing compounds such as collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine are extracted that would otherwise not be if cooked over a shorter period of time (1).
For this recipe I put onion, carrot, spring onion, parsley, coriander, a cinnamon stick, star anise, apple cider vinegar and beef bones in my pressure cooker. Apple cider vinegar is used to extract the minerals from the bones. You can put whatever veggies and fresh herbs you have on hand as it’s more for added flavor than anything else. I used a pressure cooker for this broth, which does the same thing as a slow cooker but in a fraction of the time (find out more here). Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe.
Step 1: Put all ingredients into the pot. Step 2: Fill 2/3 of the pot with water. Step 3: Cook.Step 4: Strain and discard bones and veggies.
- Boosts immune system
- Improves joint health
- Helps with overcoming food allergies
- Improves sleep
Look, I’m not saying that bone broth is a magical cure for everything, BUT I do know that in conjunction with a healthy diet, bone broth will provide a boost of essential nutrients and help your body heal. If you hate the idea of drinking bone broth straight then you can use it in stews, soups or to replace water when cooking rice or quinoa. I usually make a whole lot of bone broth for the week and keep a tub in the fridge (it lasts up to a week) and put the remainder in tubs in the freezer to readily add to a pot to defrost for a meal or a drink!
Have you tried bone broth? What are your thoughts?
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 800 g beef bones
- 1 carrot chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 sprigs spring onion
- handful of parsley
- handful of coriander
- 2 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper
- Place all the ingredients in a pressure cooker/slow cooker
- Fill the cooker with 2/3 water
- Cover and cook for 40 minutes (pressure cooker) or 10-12 hours on low (slow cooker)
- Strain and discard the solids, keep liquid in the fridge (up to a week) or the freezer (indefinitely)