Have you made homemade chicken broth?It is both easy and cost effective and you will wonder why you waited so long to try it! Homemade broth not only provides a delicious base for your soups and stews, broth is rich in minerals and gelatin and can support a healthy digestive system and overall immune support.
Why Make Bone Broth?
Homemade stock is used almost universally in traditional cuisines around the world, but has almost disappeared from the American culinary tradition, and our health has suffered as a result.
Properly prepared meat stocks are nutritious and contain valuable minerals from the bone, cartilage and marrow. Adding vinegar to the mixture while cooking can help draw out the minerals of calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
In the 12th century chicken broth was prescribed as a treatment for colds and asthma. Modern research has also confirmed that broth helps prevent and mitigate infectious diseases. Using high gelatin broth on a daily basis will do much to provide support and protection from a variety of ailments. When properly prepared, bone broth will contain rich gelatin that has numerous health benefits. Whether or not a bone broth is high in gelatin will be discovered when it is chilled. If it is not high in gelatin it will remain liquid. If it is high in gelatin it will have a jello-like consistency and jiggle. When heated it will return to a more liquid form.
Bone broth has been used for intestinal disorders and helps promote improved gut health. With the growing number of people suffering from gut health and various other ailments, there is a definite need for bone broth in the standard American diet!
Broth is a staple ingredient in soups and many other dishes and homemade broth will provide a nourishing liquid as well as delicious flavor to your dishes. Be prepared for soup and stew season by preparing this amazing broth and have it available in your fridge or freezer to provide a nourishing base for a variety of cooking.
Tips to make nutritious and affordable chicken bone broth:
- Get the most value out of your organic whole chickens by making broth with the bones and leftover bits after you have roasted and enjoyed your bird. I take all of the meat off of our roasted chickens and then put the rest of the bird in the crockpot (skin and all!)
- Can’t afford organic chicken? Costco rotisserie chickens are not only yummy, but a great value. I pull off all of the meat and then put all of the remaining chicken bones and bits into a crockpot.
- If you want more gel to your broth, consider purchasing chicken head and feet from a local farmer.
- If you don’t like waking up to the smell of chicken broth, consider plugging in the crockpot in your garage or basement.
- Don’t waste random vegetable bits! I keep a freezer bag specifically for sad celery, dry carrots, and random chunks or bits of onion. These undesirables are perfect to cook away and give your broth additional flavor and nutrients.
- Don’t throw out the fat! Our bodies need healthy fat, so I keep it in and enjoy it knowing it’s healthy. It also eliminates the need for chapstick. 😉
- This broth can keep for several days in the fridge. Or freeze it in a large freezer ziplock bag laid flat in your freezer.
- To freeze smaller quantities of broth, pour it into silicon molds like this and then once frozen you can pop the frozen broth pieces out and put them all in a ziplock bag and back in the freezer and they won’t clump together into one solid mass.
To learn more about making the most nourishing bone broth, the book Nourishing Traditions is a great resource.
Are you ready to make yourself this homemade chicken bone broth recipe? I know you will love it and wonder why you haven’t made it until now! 🙂
“Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon
www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com has an excellent blog and is what first interested my family in more traditional eating. Be sure to check out her site for blog posts about making bone broth and even video tutorials.