Homemade Bone Broth

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The health benefits

1. Hair, skin and nails.
The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth, skin regeneration and assists in keeping your nails strong.

2. Gut health.
The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and assists the digestion of nutrients.

3. Bone growth and repair.
The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair.

4. Infection fighting & recuperation from illness.
Homemade bone broth is excellent for speeding healing and recuperation from sickness.

5. Reduces inflammation. 
The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation.

6. Promotes relaxation. 
The amino acid glycine found in bone broth can be very calming, a great preparation pre-sleep.

My bone broth recipe

A whole chicken carcass or bones of choice
4 carrots, roughly chopped
4 celery stalks, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled
3 onions, quartered
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1 small bunch parsley or herbs
Dash of sea salt

If I am short on time I simply just cook my bones with no spices or veggies above and a dash of apple cider vinegar.
Throw out all in a crockpot and full water to the top.
Cook all day for 6-8 hours on low.
Or put I’m a large crock pot and cook on low all day on the stove or on your wood stove.

Remove from heat and allow the pot to cool completely. Remove the bones and, using a colander, drain the liquid broth into a large stainless steel bowl. Discard bones and vegetables. Carefully place the bowl of broth into the fridge to cool, allowing the fat to solidify on the top. Discard the fat or if you choose, you may use it for cooking.
Can in quart jars or freeze. Use ice cube trays as well for small uses. 

Ways to use broth-

1. As a hot
 Drinking at night before bed will coat your gastrointestinal tract and digestion at night. A mug before sleep has a calming and relaxing effect – add cinnamon or ginger.

2. Use in ‘grains’, rice or quinoa
Bone broth adds flavour and protein and most importantly digestibility to your grains.

3. To cook vegetables, prepare soups and use in pasta.
4. For sick children to drink!

You will love having this as a staple in your pantry!
What are your favorite ways to use broth?

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