When I first decided to “go Paleo,” and was doing all of my research, I came across a bunch of interesting, but seemingly odd, posts on the health benefits of cooking with bones and making your own bone broth. These benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Bone broth aids in gut health.
- The gelatin helps make strong nails and shiny hair.
- It’s filled with vitamins and minerals.
Up until recently, I hadn’t really thought about trying to make my own bone broth, but due to a bunch of chatter on Twitter and a question from one of our readers — not to mention the fact my butcher left me with about 10 pounds of bones when he dropped off my chestful of grass finished beef — I thought I would give it a go.
It turns out, bone broth was a lot easier to make than I had initially expected it to be. Guess that’s my fault for never really looking up any recipes.
To get started, I used my copy of Chrissy Gower’s Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple for a good bone broth recipe. For those of you who have the book, it’s the first recipe in the Soups and Stews section. If you don’t have your book but want a ton of great slow cooker recipes, you need to get a copy today!
Anyway, all I needed to make the broth was a few pounds of beef bones (marked Soup Bones in my picture), 12 cups of water, a tablespoon of vinegar, and a slow cooker. That’s it!
After I mixed all of the ingredients together in the slow cooker, I just simply let it cook for about 18 hours on low heat.
When the broth finished cooking, I drained it into a large bowl through a colander, ate some of the good stuff that got caught in the colander (I probably got more than most people will because my “soup bones” were more like a lot of meat with one large bone), and had a couple sips of the broth.
Let me tell you: it was delicious!
I don’t often cook with beef broth or beef stock, so I will probably just end up sipping the broth over the next few days, possibly freezing some, too, so I can enjoy it in the future.
To the left is a picture of what the broth looked like before I finished cooking it. Yes, there is water and vinegar in there (my wife walked past it just as it was starting to cook and asked me why I had nothing bu a slab of meat in the Crock Pot) and, as I pointed out before, there was probably too much meat.
Have you tried making bone broth before? What recipe do you use? WHat health benefits have you heard of or experienced from eating bone broth?
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