It's officially Bone Broth Season!
I could talk about the benefits of bone broth for days, but the main benefits of this mineral-rich bone broth are joint health, immune health, improved digestion and gut health. As the chicken bones cooks low and slow for 48 hours, health boosting vitamins and minerals are released into the broth. Combined with healing spices, apple cider vinegar, herbs and vegetables- this chicken bone broth can help fight colds and flu, can reduce joint pain, aids digestion, and is so good for hair, skin and nails! It’s also inexpensive and incredibly easy to make. I either use it in recipes for soups and stews, or sip it out of a mug for a warm, soothing drink! It may seem intimidating if you've never made bone broth before, but It really is such a simple way to add nutrients, help strengthen your digestive tract, and protect against the common cold and flu! Once you try homemade bone broth, it's going to be hard to go back to even your favorite store bought brands!
- 2 organic roasted chicken carcasses, include any skin or leftover scraps
- 1 head of garlic
- 2-3 carrots, chopped
- fresh rosemary, dill, parsley (any fresh herbs you like)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 quarts water
- a few pieces of sliced ginger root or turmeric root
- any other vegetables you have on hand (for this batch I used half a red beet, radish greens, and rainbow swiss chard stems)
- salt, pepper, turmeric, paprika to taste
- Add all of the ingredients to a large pot
- Once it comes to a boil, cover and let simmer for 24-48 hours
- Pour through a wire mesh strainer or cheese cloth to strain and remove the bones and vegetable bits.
- Store in jars or containers in the fridge for up to one week.
- For longer storage, it can be frozen and defrosted for use!
- You want to make sure the chicken is organic and high quality to ensure it will provide the broth with a full range of nutrients.
- You can use this recipe with one chicken carcass if you prefer, and use half of the remaining ingredients in the recipe.