If you've ever heard about the gaps diet or leaky gut syndrome, then you've heard about the wonders of bone broth. Made correctly it's like collagen in a jar..pure jello and not something that looks appetizing.. actually, I dare to say that it's pretty close to impossible to take a flattering picture of cold bone broth.. None the less, the benefits are MANY!
If you haven't heard about leaky gut, don't worry, you can still enjoy the benefits of broth even if you're perfectly healthy.... Many people believe that the majority of us have leaky gut because of the way we eat these days. Leaky gut is basically just a term for having holes in your intestinal lining that causes undigested food to end up places in your body where it should NOT be.. That means, leaky gut can be the cause of many ailments that causes things from autism to epilepsy to a long list of other ailments.. Our gut is basically our second brain and if something goes wrong down there.. let's just say, a lot of other things can go wrong.. Keeping a healthy gut is one of the most important things you can do. Broth for this reason, should be a staple in your home.. It's one of the most soothing and healing things you can feed your body and gut and as I said, it's a jar full of collagen which is good for our hair skin and nails.. As a side bonus.. It's suuuper cheap to make.. I used about 1,5 gallons of free spring water from a source here in Idaho and some buffalo bones for $7.. It's much better than buying store bought which.. well..it's just not the same, let's leave it at that.. I've never been a fan of store bought anything and I never will be. But back to the gut.. As I mentioned in the beginning - the GAPS diet - if you have a lot of inflammation in your body or think you might have something gut issues, I'd highly recommend looking into it.. For some, it might be easier to go on a 'broth diet' than a juice fast.. Not to say one is better than the other, I think both are super healthy and a good choice if you want to clean out your system but I'd recommend doing some research first..
Bone broth is often used in many cultures, especially in Asia for supporting the digestive system and for boosting the immune system. It helps joint and muscle pain and heals that leaky gut while also reducing inflammation in the body and supporting healthy skin bones and nails.. Gotta love the benefits of that collagen..
It's all about that gut.. So here's how I do it :)
Fill up your pot (as large as you want. I filled mine up with about 1,5 gallons of water and some salt and pepper, I also use this spice mix from 'real salt' that just goes with anything and everything) :D and brought it to a boil. Then added my $7 bones/joints ( didn't have any of the pipe bones this time - tho ones full of marrow) so work with what you've got.. Make sure it's bones from healthy grass fed cows or pasture raised chickens if you make chicken broth. Chicken broth will be a lot less fatty but I always skim off the fat once it has cooled in the fridge.
Let it cook for just a couple of minutes and then turn it down to a LOW simmer and I mean LOW. Our gas stove doesn't allow a very low setting so I had to raise the pot by putting the other metal part from the stove on top of the other one.. I've seen some of my friends do this by simply putting bricks on the side of the stove for the pot to rest on.. Whatever your creativity allows here..
Then let it cook for as long as you desire.. I let mine cook for 7hrs as that was all I had patience for but sometime allow up to 12 hrs.. 7 hrs works JUST fine.. I also don't leave the lid on completely as it cooks too fast this way... Then, after a good 7+ hrs the bones should be really tender and almost crumbled which means you successfully got all the good stuff out of the bones and then you strain out the bones and meat if you added that, and separate it and put it in the fridge. As you can tell on the picture below, I make sure to get all the meat and gewy fat and stuff off the bones and keep them separated and add it when I heat it up again. You don't wanna throw this out..
As it get's cold I remove most of the fat from the top and then heat it up as I desire.. Adding some potatoes and meat and let it simmer for 30 min and then turn off the heat and add my greens - I don't want to cook those but just lightly heat them.. This is a mix of greens from the farmers market here so I really have no idea what it all is.. :D
I've been craving raw garlic like crazy lately so I chopped up a few cloves and added it in there.. Don't recommend that unless you really love raw garlic and are craving it.. haha :D
Have fun with your broth...