What kind of archaic, medieval topic is this? Bone broth? Just the mention of it makes me a little weak in the knees. Well, not really, but I do know that many of you feel this way. We have gotten so removed from our food sources that seeing animal bones makes many of us a bit queasy.
I understand that reaching for the store bought, boxed chicken stock or (gasp) bouillon cube is very tempting because it’s all the same right? Why make homemade when the stuff on the supermarket shelf is virtually identical?
Or is it?
When was the last time you had some of these ingredients on your shopping list:
Natural chicken flavor (what is this anyway?)
Expeller pressed oil
Partially hydrogenated oil
When you make your own, you know that none of these ingredients will be making their way into your broth and in turn into your body.
More importantly, you know that the broth will be made properly and will include all of the wonderful minerals found in the bones. Minerals that are very healing to the gut (where our most of our immune system is found).
Plus, it tastes a lot better too!
Homemade Chicken Stock
- 1 whole, pasture raised chicken, including the giblets
- 1 T apple cider vinegar
- Filtered water
- A couple cups of kitchen scraps (carrot tops, celery trimmings, onion peels etc)
- A crock pot or slow cooker
- A fine metal sieve
- Remove chicken from it’s packaging, taking care to remove any giblets inside. Rinse everything and place in the slow cooker.
- Add filtered water to just cover the chicken.
- Place lid on, turn on low and cook until chicken is just cooked through, 3-4 hours.
- Remove chicken to bowl and allow to cool to the point it can be easily handled. Remove chicken and reserve in a separate bowl for another use.
- Put bones, skin, and other bits back into the slow cooker along with the broth the chicken poached in.
- Add apple cider vinegar and optional kitchen scraps to the bones and broth and cover. Simmer on low for anywhere from 6-24 hours, adding water as needed.
- The longer your bones simmer, the more minerals will be removed. I like to simmer mine until the largest bones can be easily squished between my fingers.
- Carefully strain the broth through a metal sieve and discard the bones.
- Use the broth immediately or it stores in the refrigerator for up to a week or the freezer for 6 months.
Don’t let the steps intimidate you. It really is very easy and most of the time making bone broth is waiting until you can have a sip!
Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.
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Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.