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Chicken soup is not just for Friday night. Considered one of the healthiest and most natural cold and flu remedies, mothers have been making chicken soup for centuries. I know I’ve been making chicken soup forever. In fact, it is also the first food I usually give my babies. Recently, however, as I began my research into clean, unprocessed, paleolific lifestyle diet I discovered some amazing secrets and tricks to making classic chicken soup not only more rich tasting and delicious but more nutrient dense providing a multitude of health benefits, its called bone broth. Bone broths are very popular today thanks to the research and new ways of eating encouraged by the Paleo world. But you don’t have to be Paleo, Primal, a carnovore or gluten-free to enjoy the tremendous benefits of a good bone broth, maybe just not a vegetarian. More and more, people are turning to stock made with the bones of chicken and beef for both superior culinary flavors and old-fashioned healing properties.
Since we’re making a homemade chicken bone broth not only for its taste and tradition but also to get the best nutrition from the bones, then it makes most sense to use all organic products. No need to bring antibiotics, hormones and pesticides into our healthy broth. The good people at KOL Foods, providers of organic and grass-fed, pastured Kosher meat and fowl, sent me some fo their pastured organic chicken bones and turkey necks so I could make a bone broth. Note that many people use the chicken carcass or even a whole chicken, giblets, organs, feet and any other part of the fowl for making their broth which work just as well. Feel free to use any such products, found easily here from KOL foods. My favorite way to make my chicken broth, though, is using chicken bones and turky necks since turkey necks are known to also be high in iron.
If you are concerned about the price of grass-fed meats and organic vegetables, using grass-fed and organic ingredients for a bone broth is one of the best ways to get the best bang for your organic buck. Below, I have four different complete meals you can make with one simple batch of chicken bone broth. The broth recipe gives me four meals for six people and of course, can be frozen and used in the future as a broth for ingredients in other dishes, as a complete meal, or a shortcut for Friday night chicken soup. If you freeze the broth, it is recommended to use glass containers like these from Amazon since some plastics are said to contain unhealthy BPAs.
There are three main secrets behind a rich, tasty and nutritiously dense bone broth: 1. let it cook from 12 -24 hours; 2. add 1 – 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to leech nutrients out of the bones and 3. use bones. After that, you can be as creative or boring as you’d like and add whatever ingredients you fancy, either while the broth is simmering or after.
This recipe is so tasty that my kids will eat plain broth seven nights a week if I serve it to them. In reality, we eat it about 3 nights a week and since I know that this nutritiously dense pure bone broth is a large part of their weekly diet, I worry less about whether they’re getting their proper intake of nutrients and vitamins. With each serving of bone broth, I’m pretty sure they meet their quota.
Here are just a few of the facts on why you should be including a lot of homemade beef or chicken broths in your diet:
- * Chicken broth contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily such as: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and other trace minerals.
- * Chicken broth contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons that include things like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine. The kind of things found in expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain. These nutrients are also said to benefit teeth, bones, hair, nails, and joints.
- * Chicken broth supports the immune system by promoting the assimilation of vitamins and minerals. Yes, chicken soup really is good for the common cold!
- * Chicken broth is gentle on the digestive system and very healing. It has been used to successfully treat gastro-intestinal disorders including hyper-acidity, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and infant diarrhea.
- * Bone broth is also a digestive elixir that helps to heal the gut lining for those who suffer from digestive problems, food allergies, and nervous system conditions including anxiety and depression.
- * There are even numerous claims that regular consumption of bone broth will make cellulite disappear – I don’t know about you, but that seems worth the broth for me!
- sources: westonaprice.org, thankyourbody.com.
Chicken Bone Broth Recipe
Here are 4 different ways to serve this broth (aside from using it in any recipe that calls for chicken or beef broth)
2. Fill a 4-6 quart pot halfway with broth. Add a few leaves of kale or chard and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Puree the broth with an immersion blender and you get green broth. Its just as tasty with the added benefit of some super-greens.
3. Fill a 4-6 quart pot halfway with cooled broth. Add the cooked carrots, celery root and chicken pieces that were strained from the broth till pot is full. Puree with an immersion blender. Add water if it gets too thick. Warm up soup and serve. This makes excellent baby food but kids and adults love it just as much. It is also a great if you are concerned about sustainability since you get to use the pieces that often get discarded; especially if you are like me and you can’t stand to throw away good organic food.
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