Nourishing Chicken Bone Broth

Nourishing Chicken Bone Broth
Unlock the secrets of a nourishing chicken bone broth recipe in this blog post, where we delve into its gut-healing and immune-boosting benefits. With the cooler weather approaching in the southern hemisphere, it is the perfect time to start incorporating bone broth into your daily diet. This simple bone broth is packed full of vitamins and minerals and is incredibly beneficial for your gut, skin and overall wellbeing.

Chicken bone broth, cherished for centuries as a healing elixir, offers a multitude of advantages for your overall health and well-being:

  • Gut Healing: Chicken bone broth contains gelatin and collagen, which support gut health by promoting the repair of intestinal lining and reducing inflammation.
  • Immune Boosting: Packed with minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants like glutamine and glycine, bone broth strengthens the immune system, helping the body fight off infections.
  • Joint Health: The collagen in bone broth supports joint health, reducing inflammation and promoting flexibility and mobility.
  • Hydration: A warm cup of bone broth hydrates the body and replenishes electrolytes, making it an excellent choice for post-exercise recovery.

Enjoy bone broth throughout the day for extra nutrients and nourishment:

  • Morning: Start your day with a nutrient-rich bone broth to kickstart digestion and provide sustained energy.
  • Afternoon Snack: Combat midday fatigue and hunger with a comforting cup of bone broth to keep you satiated and focused.
  • Evening: Wind down with a soothing cup of bone broth in the evening to relax and promote restful sleep.

Bone broth is incredibly versatile. Here are a few easy ideas on how you can add bone broth into your meals for a flavour boost, extra gelatin, minerals and nutrients:

  • Use it as a base for other soups
  • Stew or braise meat and vegetables in the broth
  • Use instead of stock when making pasta and risotto
  • Use a tablespoon of room temperature broth into salad dressings
  • Freeze in ice cubes and store in freezer to easily add to dishes

    Nourishing Chicken Bone Broth

    1 whole chicken carcass (or 2-3 pounds of chicken bones)
    2 medium carrots, chopped
    2 celery stalks, chopped
    1 large onion, quartered
    3 cloves garlic, smashed
    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon black peppercorns
    1-2 teaspoons sea salt (to taste)
    8-10 cups water (enough to cover the bones and vegetables)

    Optional additions: Fresh herbs (like parsley, thyme, or rosemary), fresh ginger, clean veggie scraps, organic chicken feet for extra gelatin, and dried mushrooms

    Roast the chicken bones in the oven at 200°C for 30-40 minutes before simmering and then add to the pot along with the other ingredients.

    Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer. Skim off any foam or impurities that rise to the surface.

    Let the broth simmer for at least 12 hours. For a richer broth, you can simmer for up to 24 hours. Check occasionally and add more water if necessary to keep the bones submerged.

    After simmering, remove the pot from heat and let it cool slightly. Strain the broth through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth into another large pot or bowl, discarding the solids.

    Allow the broth to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer the broth into airtight containers. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

    Eat for energy tip: Bone broth is an excellent choice for the whole family. If feeding this broth to a baby under 12 months, omit the garlic cloves and only use 1 onion.