Broth (or technically, stock) is a mineral rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices. You’ll find a large stock pot of broth/stock simmering in the kitchen of almost every 5-star restaurant for its great culinary uses and unparalleled flavor, but it is also a powerful health tonic that you can easily add to your family’s diet.Broth is a traditional food that your grandmother likely made often (and if not, your great-grandmother definitely did). Many societies around the world still consume broth regularly as it is a cheap and highly nutrient dense food.Besides it’s amazing taste and culinary uses, broth is an excellent source of minerals and is known to boost the immune system (chicken soup when you are sick anyone?) and improve digestion. Its high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content make it great for bone and tooth health. Bone broth also supports joints, hair, skin, and nails due to its high collagen content. In fact, some even suggest that it helps eliminate cellulite as it supports smooth connective tissue.It can be made from the bones of beef, bison, lamb, poultry, or fish, and vegetables and spices are often added.
Homemade Chicken Broth?
Yep! Homemade Chicken Broth is a definite can-do DIY even for the busiest of moms. Have you found yourself eyeing the bottles of bone broth in your local natural foods store? At $6 a pop, you can quickly sink a sizeable chunk of your grocery budget into this delicious habit. Don't get me wrong, the health benefits are totally worth it! But with just a little hands-on time and a few dollars invested, you can make gallons of your own delicious and nourishing bone broth! For instance, If you have your pot bubbling on the back burner and have to run out for an our (or so), simply turn the burner off and re-start when you return home. Even better, toss the whole kit into your slow-cooker and it will basically take care of itself!
Homemade chicken stock is not only powerful help for healthy hair, skin, nails and joints because of all the gelatin and collagen it packs in, but it’s even a natural immune booster – the old wives’ tale about it being helpful for beating colds is TRUE, especially if you leave the fat in.I’ve been making homemade chicken stock since before I was even interested in real food at all because it’s something my mom always did (yay, mom!!) and it’s a habit I’ll never ever drop. Since my first post explaining how to make it, I’ve picked up some new tips and tricks along the way, and I realized I wanted a “one stop shop” resource with all the information in one place.
via How to Make Homemade Chicken Stock: The Complete Guide.
For its healing, nourishing, and restorative properties, bone broth is something our ancestors would not have been without. Sadly, and due partly to our time-strapped society's preference for speedy solutions, bone broth fell out of use in favor of pop-top cans of soup and foil wrapped bouillon cubes. Little did we know, bone broth provided more than a hot meal or added flavor (though both of these things are true and important).
However, it turns out that the bone broth in the age old remedy of chicken soup has a lot more to do with our healing than we understand. And while most agree that a hot cup of soup is comforting when you are feeling under the weather, it is hard to prove all of the benefits claimed by champions of bone broth. No doubt about it though, bone broth (along with many other ancient food traditions) is enjoying a renaissance and is now being offered at restaurants and grocery stores. And hey, if you need some scientific evidence, it turns out that bone broth has actually been proven to clear nasal passages and reduce inflammation!
If you're ready to start making your own bone broth, we'd like to share our favorite method along with a loose "recipe" of sorts.
Perpetual Bone Broth
We cook our bone broth in a slow cooker and scoop it out as needed throughout the week. This makes it so convenient to use in our dishes throughout the day and leaves time free for other chores. If you are looking for a smaller batch method, please see our article on Bone Broth here.
Chicken Bones or chicken "frame" from a roasted chicken
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Veggies or veggie scraps you'd like to add (carrots, garlic, onions)
Place the chicken your slow cooker with all other ingredients. Cover with filtered water and cook on high for an hour and then on low for up to one week.
After a day or so, you can begin using the broth. As you use the broth or stock, replace it with an equivalent amount of filtered water.
At the end of the week, strain off any remaining broth and discard or compost the bones. Wash the insert of your slow cooker and start again.
Weight Los with Bone Broth.
Many of the people I work with merely want to lose a dress size or a pants size, but others are dangerously overweight. They’re diabetic, they have heart disease, they have sleep apnea, and they can barely move. So they need to drop weight fast.
As any weight-loss expert will tell you, fasting is the quickest way to jump-start weight loss (even though it’s difficult or impossible for many people — more on my easy and painless solution for this shortly!). Unlike mere calorie restriction, fasting sends your metabolism into hyperdrive. That’s why I’ve always encouraged my obese or even mildly overweight patients to fast at least one or two days a week.
Besides cutting down on calories, here are some of the reasons fasting jump-starts weight loss:
via 6 Anti-Aging, Weight Loss Reasons To Add Bone Broth To Your Diet – mindbodygreen.com.