Why You Need To Include Bone Broth In Your Diet
Why you need bone broth! Colder weather means its soup time not just because it is warm soothing and delicious but also because you can pack it full of much needed nutrients and essential Bone Broth. Before you fill your soup full of loads of delicious veggies make sure that you are starting with a bone broth as the base. Bone broth is packed with vitamins, minerals, collagen and gut loving nutrition to feed your gut microbiome so that you can have optimal gut health and therefore optimal health overall. Bone broth has been known to help with inflammation, detoxification of the liver, increasing energy, improving sleep, boosting the immune system and so much more.
What to add to a bone broth
1-1.5kgs of boney chicken parts such as neck, back, breastbone and wings
2-4 chicken feet (optional) – I haven’t been this adventurous
2 tablespoons of non fermented apple cider vinegar
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 carrots roughly chopped
3 celery stalks roughly chopped
2 leeks, white part only and roughly chop
1 garlic bulb cup in half horizontally
1 tablespoon of black pepper
2 bay leaves – I like using Tarragon as well about 1 teaspoon.
2 handfuls of parsley
How to make bone broth
Place the chicken pieces in a pressure cooker, slow cooker or large saucepan and add 5 litres of water, vinegar, onion, carrots, celery, leeks, garlic, pepper and bay leaves and allow to stand for 1 hour to help draw the nutrients from the bones.
Place the stockpot/pan over a medium heat and bring to boil, skimming off the skin that forms of the top. Reduce the heat and simmer on low for 12-24 hours. The longer the better and the more rich with flavour your broth will have. About 10 minutes before the broth is ready add the parsley.
Strain the broth through a fine sieve into a large storage container and refrigerate until the fat rises to the top and congeals. Skin off this fat and store the broth in an airtight container. The broth can be stored for 3-4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.