One of the easiest / delicious ways to get collagen
A huge trend right now is taking collagen supplements, it benefits digestion, hair, skin, nails, energy, mental clarity, essentially boosts overall health. Supplement options range from capsules, powders, coffee creamers and in sports drinks.
My fav is the traditional way- eating pasture-raised meat and then boiling the bones into a delicious gelatinous broth. I lovvvvvve it, it is refreshing, warming, nourishing, it's like a million bucks in a glass! Any time I feel run down, I imagine a mug of salty bone broth.
Benefits of bone broth
Bone broth contains the vitamins and minerals from bones, which includes collagen, healthy fats and easily digestible amino acids (protein). We also like adding root veggie scraps to gain the benefits from the Earth too!
Soothing for people with digestive complaints, bone broth is regenerating for the digestive tract. It provides nutrition without sugars to ferment or fibre to irritate.
Just by Googling the benefits of bone broth you can read various benefits ranging from hormonal balance, digestive balance, nervous system nourishment, benefitting sleep, mental clarity, muscle recovery, stronger hair, skin, nails, etc. etc. etc.
Bone broth is a multi vitamin in a mug.
Antidote: I had a experience where I went on a sugar binge weekend, way too many sweets, alcohol and eating out in a short amount of time. A real case of the Sunday scarries hit me, I had so many things on my mind I went into a downward spiral and then into a full-blown anxiety attack. I couldn't sleep, my mind was racing, my muscles tense, I felt like squirming. I generally don't like to eat late at night, but I knew I needed something with some healthy fats to slow down my system. Luckily we had a jar of bone broth in the fridge and within 5 minutes of drinking a mug, I was sitting crossed legged on my yoga rug, smiling, realizing that it was going to be okay. Soon after I fell right to sleep.
Brian's bone broth
Into a large stock pot:
Bones from about 1 chicken (check out this blog post here to learn how to break down a chicken). We keep both raw bones like neck, feet, and cooked bones and meat scraps from our meals in the freezer for when it's time to make this recipe.
Veggie scraps- we keep onion peels, celery stems, carrot ends, general root veg scraps in the freezer with bone scraps.
Add sea salt and optional to add a splash of apple cider vinegar to help extract more nutrients.
Cover the pot and bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer on medium heat.
Allow to simmer for 1-3 hours+. Some recipes talk about 6-12 hours, but we don't have the patience or time for that every time! A slow-cooker is great for long steeps, and weekends at home. Most of the time we fast track it.
Skim the scum off the surface of the broth ever so often as you check on the pot.
When you like the colour and aroma of the broth, allow it to cool a bit and then strain the contents.
Option to return to the liquid broth to the stove and simmer uncovered to reduce down and evaporate a bit of the extra water. This makes it more concentrated, thicker and gelatinous.
Store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks, or freezer for long term.
When it cools, the fat/oil will separate from the liquid, so when you reheat it attempt to divide the oil slab evenly.
A glass of bone broth is as simple as reheating a mug of stock and adding a little sea salt.
Use this stock to make broth for soups, stirfries, crockpots and any recipe that asks for stock.
Thanks so much and enjoy!
Samantha & Brian.