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Time to get it out!
Today, Roxanne from The Holistic Mama shares her easy crock pot (or stockpot) broth method. Plus, she'll win you over to all the many health benefits of making healing, homemade broth and stock! -Wardee
Homemade broth and stock is essential for optimum health. (Yes! There is a difference between the two. To learn more, read What's The Difference Between Broth And Stock?) And, thankfully, it's easy and economical to make!
They require only a large stock pot on the stove top, or a crockpot, require little culinary skill, and even less attention. You can make stock with a variety of herbs, veggies, chicken, beef, fish, or any other meat you'd like.
All are packed with health benefits (and flavor!) that you won't find in commercially produced broth.
Health Benefits Of Broth
Throughout history, many traditional cultures have made broths with bones. Stocks are extremely healing and beneficial to everyone. As the bones boil, the minerals from the bones get pulled out into the water, creating a mineral-rich stock. Homemade bone broths are rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals which are essential for optimum health.
Because the minerals in broth are easily assimilated, consuming bone broths is a very easy way to get these minerals in your diet. Bone broths also contain glucosamine, chondroitin and gelatin — components that get extracted from the bones. These nutrients are very good for anyone with joint pain or arthritis.
Meat and fish stocks made with bones are also very healing to the digestive system. They provide building blocks for the rapidly growing cells of the gut lining. Bone broths have a soothing effect on any areas of inflammation in the gut. This has been used for centuries as a digestive aid and a remedy for the digestive tract.
Homemade Broth Saves Money
Homemade broths provide many health benefits that commercially made stocks do not. And in addition homemade broths cost much less! A quart size container of organic chicken broth averages around $3.00. If you filled a 5-quart crock pot with commercial stock, you're looking at $15.00!
Compare that to the homemade stock I made last night from half an organic chicken that cost me $5.99. That's half the price of commercial — and don't forget how much more healthful homemade stock is!
Here's another cost savings. After making and eating homemade broth for awhile, you may find less need to buy supplements. (Remember, the broth contains lots of minerals plus glucosamine, chondroitin, and gelatin.)
How To Make Homemade Broth
- Bones (meaty is fine) from chicken, turkey, beef, fish, or any other kind of meat -- including joints, giblets, and/or organs
- raw apple cider vinegar
- pure water
- sea salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- strip kombu seaweed optional for added trace minerals
- vegetables optional for flavor and added nutrients
- herbs optional for flavor and added nutrients
- cloves garlic optional for flavor and added nutrients
Place the meat, bones and parts into a large crock pot or stock pot.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the pot.
Fill the pot the rest of the way with filtered or pure water.
Optional: add any vegetables, fresh or dried herbs, cloves of garlic (you can get creative here!) to flavor the stock.
If using a crock pot, turn to low and let cook for 24 hours.
If using a stock pot, bring water to boil and then reduce heat and allow simmering for a minimum of 8 to 24 hours.
The longer you let it cook, the more health benefits you will receive in your stock.
This will last a few days in the fridge and 6 to 12 months in the freezer.
My crock pot is almost like a permanent fixture on the counter. I have a broth cooking in it most of the time.
To make life easy, freeze containers of stock in small portions ready for use in recipes. It is great to have a lot of stock on hand in the freezer for making soups, beans, rice, sauces, gravies and lots more.
What's your broth/stock routine? Have you noticed any differences in your health when you make and eat it regularly? Do you have any tips to share?
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