Chicken soup always tastes the best when I get sick. It’s soothing and filling. True home made chicken soup isn’t just an old wives tail. It can actually be medicine!
Most people make chicken soup from store bought broths full of chemicals, flavorings, and oftentimes MSG. This is not the chicken soup that is going to help get you better. Traditional chicken soup is made from homemade bone broth.
Bone broth is simple, easy to make, versatile, and full of health benefits! It’s also high in Calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is generally made with bones and cartilage, possibly a little meat. Usually the bones are first roasted in the oven at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes to improve flavor. Bone broths are simmered for about 24 hours in a crockpot or on the stovetop. Once Bone broth is cooled it becomes a jelly consistency due to its very high gelatin content.
Health benefits of Bone Broth
Bone broths are rich in minerals and amino acids particularly arginine, glycine, and proline.
- Glycine- supports the bodies detoxification process and is used in the synthesis of hemoglobin, bile salts and other naturally-occurring chemicals within the body.
- Proline- When paired with vitamin C, supports good skin health.
- Glucosamine and Chondroiton – which are thought to help mitigate the deletorious effects of arthritis and joint pain.
- Gelatin- Is a great source of protein and has shown it helps with degenerative joint disease.
- Fat- helps restore gut health which will help with absorption of minerals.
Different meals to make with Bone Broth
- Soups and stews
- sauces and gravy
- braise vegetables and meat
- cook your rice, quinoa, and beans with broth
- to add moisture when reheating food
- drink broth by itself
You can store your bone broth in an air tight container for 3-5 days in the fridge or put it in ice cubes trays in your freezer. Now lets make some bone broth!