Homemade Bone Broth

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More than a year ago, I had severe stomach pains. By changing my diet to healthy, nutrient dense foods, including homemade bone broth, my digestive health has been allowed to heal.

Homemade bone broth is something that should be part of your daily nourishment! Especially if you are hungering for optimal digestive health.

Its also helps your joint and skin health. Not to mention also keeping your bones and teeth healthy – even on a dairy-free diet.

How to make Homemade Bone Broth

The essential ingredients:

  • 1 large or 2 small chicken carcasses (you’ll want it all – the bones, skin, neck, feet and gizzards!)
  • 4-12 cups of water
  • 1-3 Tbsp of vinegar (apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar)
  • 1 Tbsp of salt (adjust to your personal taste)

Optional add-ins:

  • 3-4 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 whole garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp whole or crushed black peppercorns
  • A few sprigs of rosemary, thyme or parsley

Method of preparation:

  1. Put all the essential ingredients in a large pot or slow cooker.
  2. Don’t forget any optional ingredients you want to add.
  3. Heat on high until the broth starts to boil. Watch that it doesn’t boil over. If you want, remove any foam. It will improve the flavor of your broth.
  4. As soon as the broth starts to boil, reduce the heat to low. You should only see very small bubbles in the center.
  5. Simmer on low heat for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.
  6. Once ready, let cool, then strain your broth using a metal mesh colander (and cheesecloth if desired)
  7. Ladle broth into mason jars.
  8. Discard the bones. Keep the veggies if you wish. If you’ve got chickens, they’ll enjoy the treat!

Here’s some helpful hints:

  • This recipe works well with beef bones too! Just use 1-2 lbs of beef bones and any optional add ins and follow the directions as usual.
  • You can keep your homemade bone broth in the fridge up to 4 to 5 days!
  • If you have more broth than you can use in 4-5 days, you can freeze it. Just portion it out into wide mouth mason jars, leaving one inch at the top of each jar to allow for expansion of liquids. This will prevent yours jars from breaking.
  • Another great way to freeze your broth, is to put it in ice cube trays, making it convenient and easy to reheat.
  • You can drink your homemade bone broth by the cup, or use it for preparing sauces, soups and stews.

Enjoy!

Here’s to your health,

~ Sheri

 

Ready for Spring!

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It’s been a topsy turvy, rollercoaster ride with the weather, this winter! With temps one day in the 20’s or below, and in the 60’s the next, it’s been hard to plan or get any work done!

Just when I finally figured out what I wanted to do with the pile of pallets in the back of our yard, mother nature decided to dump more snow on us – with the threat of more snow on the weekend!

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I’m so ready for spring!

I’m anxiously awaiting the day when I can get into the garden and plant seeds.

Getting dirt under my fingernails is therapy to this winter weary country girl!

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When I dig into the dirt, feelings of pleasure fill my head as I work the ground. It makes me feel useful and productive!

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I am looking forward to seeing our vegetables grow… and our grocery bill shrinking!

Our plans are for a much larger garden this year! However, I’m not too sure how we will keep our chickens out?!?

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The fencing that used to be around our garden, was used to enlarge our flocks free range area, out behind and around our barn.

Although at first they we’re not sure about being allowed to go into the new area, it has become their favorite spot to hang out! The ground seems to be softer… easier for them to dust bath in.

In choosing the seeds I want to plant, I want to ensure I will have plenty of the foods that will allow me to be successful while following The Whole 30.

And my clients, from my home based business, are even getting excited! I’m creating delicious, healthy meals during cooking demonatrations, giving them healthier options that fit their busy lifestyles!

With all these plans I’ve got, I’m itching to get started. I’m so ready for spring.

Now, if Mother Nature would just cooperate!

Until next time,

~ Sheri