Hey folks! So today is Saturday and it’s my day to cook for the parental units. I thought I would share one of the things that I use as a staple in my cooking — home-made bone broth. It’s NOTHING like the store-bought stuff. My family drinks it every day — even in the summer. It’s so much heartier and healthier for you and yours.
It’s been a super busy week with work and to stay on top of things, I like to make it in my slow cooker. (I use one that doesn’t have lead in it.)
2 lbs. Beef marrow bones
2 lbs. Beef knuckle bones
3 Chicken backs
5-6 Chicken feet
1 lb. Chicken gizzards
2-3 Lamb necks
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
2 stalks Lemongrass
2 knobs Fresh Ginger
1/2 bulb Garlic
2 bulbs Turmeric
30-40 whole Peppercorns
Salt to taste
Roast all meat bones for one hour. Then place beef bones in slow cooker on high for 24 hours. (Or, you can cook on the stove, but be careful to watch it!) Place the rest of the bones in the refrigerator overnight.
My slow cooker holds about a gallon of water. Basically, you’ll want a gallon, or maybe a little more than that. Than add the apple cider vinegar. After a few hours, turn the temperature down to medium.
The next day, I just drop the chicken and lamb bones in the pot.
About six to eight hours before the broth is done, I add any vegetables. In this batch, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, and peppercorns. (Many recipes I’ve seen add the vegetables early in the process. I find it makes for a heartier and less bitter-tasting broth to add the vegetables toward the end of the process.)
At the end of cooking, use a strainer to take out the bones, etc. The broth will have a thickness to it and when cool, will have a gel consistency.
There are several ways to make this broth, so feel free to experiment. I have found one of the best recipes here at WellnessMama.com. And, one last thing… I find it crucial to use the best bones you can afford. Personally, I use grass-fed and organic anytime I can. Just think about it… Whatever that animal ingested, so will you. So keep it as pure as possible.