First there was green juice, a delightful blend of veggies you rarely eat enough of on your own. Then came activated charcoal and clay elixirs, sips that promise total body detoxing. And more recently, bulletproof coffee (that’s coffee with an extra shot of butter and oil) has been getting attention. But wait! Now, there’s a totally new concoction the health-obsessed swear by: bone broth. (Yum!)
Keep reading for all of the details!
Bone broth is exactly what it sounds like. It’s broth made from boiling meat and poultry bones until they break down. Once the bones start to disintegrate, they release nutrients that offer a wealth of health and beauty benefits—much more than you find in regular broth. Exactly what are those benefits that have everyone reaching for their soup pots? Keep scrolling to find out!
The key to making bone broth is using good quality bones from organic, pasture-raised, grass-fed animals. Drop the bones into a soup pot or cooker—they should fill up about one third of container—then add just enough water to cover them and a pinch of salt. Other recipes call for added vegetables and spices, but this is just the most basic method. Whatever ingredients you choose, it’s the boiling that really matters. You can do it in as little as four hours, but to get the most bang for your broth, aim for 24 hours. Once you’re done, just strain out the remnants.
You can sip it on its own or use it in cooking. Bone broth makes an excellent base for soups and a nutritious substitute for water and oil in recipes. Try using bone broth when whipping up mashed potatoes, pasta, and grains, and when sautéing vegetables.
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