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Making traditional foods like bone broth is good for your family, good for your health, and good for your wallet. Bone broth is full of nutrition and essentials your body needs for function and healing. Read more to see how to make grass-fed bone broth for your health. It’s a basic cooking skill that will give you many gifts.
All you need is a little know how to easily provide the most nourishing diet for your family. It’s so worth taking the time to make real food from whole, unprocessed ingredients so you know what you are putting in your bodies and you can have the most nutritious diet possible on the budget you have.
Best bone broth
Processed foods are full of chemicals that not only do not nourish you, they can make you sick. Anything you purchase for your family to eat should have as few ingredients as possible for optimal health. If you can’t pronounce what’s in your food, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.
Bone broth is teeming with benefits and it’s super simple to make. If you are cooking with store-bought stock, you are missing out on a ton of flavor, and the opportunity to cook with a lot more nutrients. Not only that, the store bought stock is full of salt and artificial flavorings that don’t provide health for those you love.
Bone broth is one of my favorite traditional foods because you can make it for just about free. You just take bones you would have otherwise thrown away, and extract all the delicious nutrients contained inside them. You can also use scraps from other cooking to enhance the flavor and nutrition of your stock.
Bone broth has innumerable health benefits. It’s full of anti-inflammatory properties and body healing and building benefits. Click here to read about the amazing things traditional bone broth has to offer.
A great time to make stock is after a holiday meal when you have a carcass of a turkey or a big ham bone available. If you can’t cook it up right away, just wrap it up and toss it in the freezer for a time when you can.
Where to buy bones for broth
We collect bones from steaks if we ever have any, pork chops, and more. I like to cook a whole chicken and shred all of the meat off of it for multiple meals. I like to do the same with pork roast and those usually have a bone I can save. Here’s how to cook a whole chicken, turkey, or duck!
Using grass fed bones to make your bone broth gives you even more health benefits. You won’t have to worry about the treatment the animal received before it was harvested or what it was fed or injected with.
I love grass fed meat because when you cook it, the smell is amazing. When I cook store bought meat it has a funky smell that makes me feel uneasy. And the flavor difference is astounding.
Organic bone broth
You can even take your meat quality a step further and buy organic grass fed meat on the bone for your meals. Organic meat is not in my price range, but if it was, I would sure be buying it.
How to make meat stock
A great stock making tip is to save the ends of your onions, carrots, and garlic, or the peels and ends of other foods in a ziplock bag in the freezer. Every time you prepare a meal, put your trimmings in the bag until you have a full bag, then you can make vegetable stock, or add in bones and make bone stock.
I save the fat, skin, and bones from meat that I cook in the bag with the vegetable scraps. Once I get a big bag full, it’s time to make stock. I prefer to do it when it’s cooler too.
If you boil or steam veggies on the stove, you can put your leftovers in the stock bag and even the liquid. The cooking liquid is full of nutrition from those veggies. It will add flavor and nutrients to your homemade bone broth.
Don’t forget you don’t have to have bones to make broth, you can also make vegetable broth.
How do I use bone broth
Stock can be used to make soups and stews, but it’s also a great ingredient for casseroles, pot pies and dressing. You can cook your pasta or rice in it to add amazing flavor or you can even cook your mashed potatoes in it for a punch of flavor. You can use it for the cooking water to steam your veggies or even add it to stir-fries and other dishes.
Bone broth is so nutritious, you’ll want to find as many ways as possible to get it into your diet. When you’re sick, broth is a great healer, just heat some up in a mug and sip away. You’ll be feeling better in no time. It’s also very comforting.
How to make homemade meat stock
When you cook your grass fed bone broth, you just throw everything in a big stock pot and fill your pot with water. Turn it on high and put the lid on. Using the lid helps steam the bones and extract more nutrients, but it also saves water and energy by making the liquid heat up faster.
Once the water is boiling, you’ll want to turn the heat as low as it will go. If you get distracted by a child needing help snapping their pants in the bathroom, the juice will boil over all over the top of your stove. I’m not saying that’s happened, I’m just saying it can.
Once the broth is boiling, you’ll want to continue to let it boil for at least 4 hours and up to 48. Don’t use any salt when you’re boiling the stock, you can add that at the end to taste if you wish. If you add it in the beginning, it will concentrate as it cooks and become too salty.
Let the broth cool and strain out all the solids and pack in containers to store in the freezer. I use quart size containers and even mason jars will work if you don’t like using plastic.
I never remember to thaw them out to use them, so I like the open-top containers that the giant block of stock ice can plop out of. Remember for any container to leave an inch of space at the top so the liquid has room to expand.
How to make homemade stock or broth in an instant pot or pressure cooker
You can even make your nourishing stock in your instant pot. Just combine the same ingredients and set it on high for 20 minutes. It seems like magic that food scraps can become a nutritional supplement to your family’s meals, but in an instant pot, it’s even more amazing.
How to make free range bone broth in a crockpot
You can make bone broth in your crockpot easily as well. Just dump everything in, cover with water, and cook on low for about 24 hours.
You can reuse your bones as well. Once you have made a batch of bone broth, put the bones back into the pot, add more water and a teaspoon of vinegar and they will release even more broth.
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This broth can be used in soups, stews, sauces, and more. I love making soup based on homemade broth. The store-bought kind has nothing on the depth of flavor. Try one of these soups today: Hearty Squash Soup for Summer, Cauliflower Butternut Squash Soup Recipe, Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, (Instant Pot) Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe, Cooking with Kids-Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe and Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas-Soup.
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