This by far I would say is my best post yet in terms of health and beauty benefits. Bone broth has been around for a very long time. It’s great to sip in a mug or add to a recipe that calls for broth, like my soup recipe Thai Vegetable Coconut Soup. I have practiced making this beef bone broth with different versions and this beef bone broth recipe here I feel is the best and gains the most nutrients and flavor. Learn from my trials and errors and read on.
Why Drink Bone Broth?
It restores your gut. The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of your digestive tract and helps with digestion of nutrients.
Great for glowing skin, hair and strong nails. The collagen and gelatin in bone broth support hair growth, skin thickening by stimulating collagen growth which makes your skin look younger and reduces cellulite and helps keeps your nails strong.
Amazing at reducing joint pain and inflammation. The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints, and reduce pain and inflammation.
Fights infections like colds and flu. The nutrients help boost your immune system to fight your cold and infections.
Helps make your bones stronger and repairs them as well. The calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus in bone broth help our bones to grow and repair.
Saves you money. It is inexpensive to make as opposed to buying many products to do all these amazing things and bone broth works these benefits in one of the very best ways over many products, healthier than buying supplements.
Super easy to make. Just need time, cooks while you sleep.
Fights inflammation. Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline.
Promotes sleep and calms the mind. The amino acid glycine found in bone broth can be very calming.
There is a lot you can read about the benefits of bone broth online if you are interested in reading even more in-depth.
Beef Bone Broth
- 5-7 lbs. of grass-fed beef bones, knuckles, joints, oxtails, short ribs, neck bones (the whole foods butcher can set you up)
- 2 carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 onion
- 1/2 cup of Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- Water to cover
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
- Place bones on a baking sheet, lightly coated in olive oil
- Bake for 1 hour
- While bones are baking prepare veggies by washing and cutting them into a few pieces.
- When bones are finished roasting, put them into a large stockpot, scrape the crispy bits from the cookie sheet in a pot, then splash bones with the 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and let sit for 1 hour. (NO water yet). This allows the vinegar to draw out all the minerals/nutrients from the bones and marrow.
- Now cover bones with filtered or distilled water with about 2 inches of water above bones.
- Add veggies in water and bring to a boil, skim off any scum from the top. Do not let sit while boiling, only bring to a boil then quickly lower heat to a simmer.
- Right when it gets to a boil, turn the flame down to low/simmer and add a lid OR transfer to a crock pot with lid and put on low.. Let cook for 18-24 hours, check it periodically and add some water as it evaporates.
- Once this stretch is done, turn the heat off and let cool, lift out the bones with this awesome kitchen tool (Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen 5-inch Spider Strainer) and then run liquid through a fine hand strainer into a big bowl, put cling wrap over bowl and set in the frig overnight. Reuse the bones if you like, you can put bones right back in the pot, pour some apple cider vinegar over them, let sit for an hour and then fill up with water and a few veggies and bring to boil, then drop to a simmer for round 2. You can keep your broth cycling up to 3 to 4 times, each time you make a batch, the flavors diminish, but the vinegar keeps pulling lots of nutrients out still.
- You will see all the fat has risen to the top and hardened, making it really easy to remove. (you can save this fat and put in a jar with lid in frig and use for cooking if you like).
- From here, I put the broth in about 5 mason jars and put in frig, broth can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, so this broth I drink up in that time. The rest I freeze. Frozen broth can be kept up to a year. When freezing broth, best ways I found are to either fill up a mason jar 3/4 full to allow liquid to expand when it freezes otherwise the glass will crack, fill up a freezer storage bag 3/4 full and lay flat (on a cookie sheet or bottom of the shelf in the freezer) or you can freeze in loaf pans and pop the brick out and put the frozen brick in freezer storage zip lock bags.
- Serve warm with a splash of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt.
- Bones can be used for up to 3-4 batches of bone broth! Reuse the bones. You can put bones right back in the pot after you pour out the current bone broth, then pour some apple cider vinegar over them, let sit for an hour and then fill up with filtered water and a few veggies and bring to boil, then drop to a simmer for round 2. Each time you make a batch, the flavors diminish, but the vinegar continues to extract the nutrients.
- When warming up broth from the fridge, put in a small saucepan to heat up.. from frozen, let thaw in the fridge or out on counter then heat up in a pan... you can drink all of this, and/or use in recipes that call for broth.
- Skimming the fat is important with the cooling of the broth in the fridge and having it separate well for easy removal, if fat is left in, the broth can make you feel sick.
- The broth will most likely have a jiggly aspect to it, that is good, it is the gelatin from the marrow, great for you!
- Boxed bone broth does not give you these benefits nor has these nutrients, only homemade bone broth does.
- Drinking bone broth is so restorative for muscle and joint injuries, Kobe Bryant is a big fan and the entire Laker's team have been sipping bone broth regularly for the past year, Kobe for the last 3 years. It is their secret sauce!
- For those of you who REALLY want to incorporate this healing beverage into your diet BUT are too overwhelmed to start making your own bone broth yet, here are some bone broth services that are highly recommended by the natural health community where you can order it already properly made. The Brothery & Pete's Paleo bone broth. It is much more reasonable to make it yourself, but these are excellent options if you choose to purchase the real stuff! This is not the boxed broths you find at Whole Foods and other health places. These broths are made just as you would make it at home with all the collagen & gelatin.
I also make bone broth with chicken feet! Chicken feet are loaded with collagen and nutrients.