For as far back as I could remember, my Baba would make homemade chicken soup. Sometimes it was Borsht, sometimes it was Cabbage soup. If anyone was sick, Baba would make a batch of chicken soup, or she would go to the freezer where she would have plenty of frozen supply to last a whole winter.
Whenever I would go to a restaurant or someone else’s house, their soup NEVER tasted the same. Not even remotely close, and I could never understand why. When I got older and wanted to make chicken soup when I got sick (because that’s what people do when they’re sick right?) I looked in a cookbook, and went out to buy my ingredients…including chicken stock. Ugh, and it SO was NOT the same!!! I called up my Baba and asked her how to make it, mine just didn’t taste like hers. And what was the missing link? The secret to ALL fantastic tasting soups?? HOMEMADE BROTH
Fast-forward to becoming a Mom and a Nutritionist and I realize just how essential Bone broth is to our Digestive health.
So what is it?
Bone broth is a probiotic, mineral rich staple of a healthy diet. Minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons, such as chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine. Both which you can purchase seperately in health food stores for arthritis and joint pain. Remember food source is always better to obtain our nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
Of course, the reasons why we know and love bone broth is because of its amazing cold and sinus relief qualities. Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects. Arginine, particularly help with whole-body inflammation.
Not only wonderful for our joints and sinuses, bone broth is known to heal the gut. It has been discovered that your health is in large part dependent on the health of your intestinal tract. The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion.Many of our modern diseases appear to be rooted in an unbalanced mix of microorganisms in your digestive system, due to an inappropriate and unbalanced diet that is too high in sugars and too low in healthful fats and beneficial bacteria.
Also wonderful for your hair and nails thanks to the gelatin, it’s a great health maintenance drink to consume in a cup in the morning and throughout the day. It doesn’t need to be consumed as a soup.
I truly believe it is also a staple in a baby’s diet, and can be a great substitute for cow’s milk or infant formula.
So how do you make it?
|Prep Time||10 min|
|Cook Time||4-8 hours|
|Passive Time||4-8 hours|
- 1 whole chicken/cornish hen any size, any meat- as long as it is bone-in
- 5-7 carrots
- 5-7 celery stalks
- 1 tbsp Thyme or use fresh sprig
- 1 tbsp terragon or use fresh sprig
- 1 onion yellow or white
- 10-20 cups water
- Prepare all of your produce.
- Place all ingredients in a stock pot and simmer for 4-8 hours.
- Let cool and strain all produce. Remove all bones, and cartilage pieces, until you are left with a clear broth.
- Keep the meat and soft veggies and use for another meal!
- Use old containers or breastmilk storage bags to freeze broth for future use!