Bone Broth—The Health Drink Du Jour
Though it has been around for centuries, and began making headlines as a wellness trend to watch several years ago, bone broth is still on the tips of wellness tongues everywhere. Why the fuss over this staple? Bone broth is made from animal bones that are often roasted first to improve flavor and then simmered in water, often for 8 hours, and sometimes for as much as 24. In contrast, the regular broth is typically simmered for two hours and the stock is simmered for up to four. Bone broth’s longer cooking time allows as many minerals and nutrients as possible to leach from the bones into the broth. Therefore, bone broths are very rich in minerals—like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, in forms that your body can easily absorb—and amino acids that may not be found in significant amounts in muscle meats (what we commonly eat). These amino acids can help with a healthy gut, digestion, muscle repair, and immunity. Its gelatin/collagen contribution may provide nourishment if you are battling joint pain, inflammation, and autoimmune disorders. Store-bought broths rely on high temperatures and fast-cooking techniques, which mean fewer benefits than with a homemade gelatin-rich broth. Plus, additives (like MSG) may be part of the ingredient list. At Organic Krush, we simmer our bone broth—made from organic chicken bones—for a minimum of 8 hours. Our bone broth is always on tap and can also be found in large containers in our Grab N Go fridge; it lasts up to a week when refrigerated and three months or more if you freeze. Guests have this to say about our bone broth:
“It is the perfect soother for my tummy troubles and a great immunity booster. Whenever I feel something starting, I just come in for a bone broth and always feel better.”
“I find it comforting and deeply nourishing.”
“It’s my go-to to nurse nasty hangovers.”
(That is probably because the combination of magnesium, sodium, and potassium are the electrolytes your body when it’s dehydrated.)
For an amazing bone broth experience, stop in and ask for our special MER (chili oil, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, ginger), which we know will have you feeling tip-top in no time.
Sip, sip hooray!
Homemade Bone Broth Recipe:
To make your own, place the following ingredients in a slow-cooker:
- 4 quarts water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 large onions peeled and quartered
- 2 carrots scrubbed and coarsely chopped
- 3 celery stalks coarsely chopped
- 1 bunch fresh parsley
- 3 garlic cloves lightly smashed
- 2–4 lbs. meat or poultry bones
As always, aim for grass-fed, pastured or organic bones; the animals have to be healthy to impart the maximum health benefit to you! Set on high, bring to a boil, then reduce the setting to low for 12-24 hours.
Strain the stock through a fine mesh strainer or coffee filter, reserving liquid and discarding rest.
Broth can be enjoyed as is (start your morning with a cup of broth or sip it throughout the day as an alternative to tea or coffee) or used to prepare rice, veggies, mashed potatoes and more.
Vegetarians and vegans, make no bones about it:
Vegetable broth made with a host of veggies can be extremely restorative, as well.
To soothe and nourish, add garlic, shiitake mushrooms, ginger, and turmeric—all of which provide robust flavor and great immune-boosting properties.