If you have worked with me, you will know that I believe a lot of what we need to maintain optimum health and wellbeing is available in the form of clean, organic, whole food.
A perfect example of natural whole-food supplementation is that of bone broth. At our house, we drink this stuff like it is going out of fashion. Not only do we love the taste (yes, I drink a cup of this stuff on its own), bone broth has a number of health and healing benefits. You can read about these health benefits here. Below we have included a recipe for nourishing chicken bone broth. Happy cooking!
Chicken Bone Broth
Prep Time: 30 Min Cook Time: 24 Hr
- 1 whole organic free range chicken carcass
- 0.5 kg of bony chicken parts such as necks, backs, breastbones and wings.
- Chicken feet (optional, but provide extra gelatin)
- 3 – 4 Litres of filtered water
- 2-3 tbsp. of vinegar (to improve mineral extraction)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 3 large celery sticks, chopped
- 1 bunch of parsley
- Cut chicken parts into several pieces.
- Place the bones into a very large stove pot with vinegar and vegetables (except parsley) cover with water. Let stand for 30 minutes.
- Bring the broth to boil. Remove scum that rises to the top. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 6 to 24 hours. The longer you cook the stock, the richer and more flavoursome it will become. About 10 minutes before finishing the stock, add parsley.
- Strain the stock into a large bowl and place in your refrigerator until fat rises to the top and sets. Skim off this fat. Divide remaining stock into containers to freeze or eat.
I have recently been experimenting with our new ceramic slow cooker (110% teflon free) and it works perfectly. Just follow steps 1-3 before returning the temperature to low and allow the bones to simmer for 24 hours. I picked our ceramic slow cooker up from Kmart for less than $60. We (and a number of friends) had had some trouble cooking bone broth with our old slow-cookers as the water dried up too quickly and consequently, it burned the contents. This is something to be mindful of when trialling this method.
How to Store Bone Broth
I use the smallest (purple) containers of the Decor Glass Match-Ups range to store our broth in the freezer. We pull one out as required. I use these glass storage containers (freezer safe) to avoid exposure to BPA, BPS and other dangerous chemicals, you can read about these here.