Written by Sophie
‘Bone Broth’ is once of the new health crazes…advocated in particular by Hemsley and Hemsley who are experts in nutrition and make really lovely recipes, all of which tend to have health benefits from the ingredients they use.
I have always suffered with strange and sensitive stomach issues so after hearing how good bone broth is for you, not to mention healing for your ‘gut’, I managed to get over the name which I think sounds a bit gross to be honest, and decided to do some investigation for myself.
What is Bone Broth?
Bone Broth is essentially stock…..much more tempting already! It is made by boiling bits of meat that you wouldn’t necessarily want to eat, i.e. bones and bits of fat or meat left on the bone, simmering for a number of hours with vegetables to flavour it. People tend to use onion, garlic, carrots, celery and bay leaves. The way that it differs from stock, is that there is a much richer flavour by using the whole ingredients. Plus there are no additives or preservatives that you might find even in very good quality bullion or stock cubes.
Why is it so good for you?
According to the Hemsley sisters, “nutritionally, it’s a champion all-rounder, packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, collagen and keratin.”
And PaleoLeap’s opinion on bones is that ‘Locked away inside that hard shell is a wealth of essential nutrients – anti-inflammatory and gut-healing proteins, healthy fats, and a wealth of minerals just waiting to be used. Wild animals the world over know this: they’ll go straight for the bones every time they make a kill.’
Therefore boiling bones to release those vitamins into an easily digestible liquid gives you nourishing and restorative way to incorporate these into your diet, particularly as bone broth can be added to any recipe that requires stock, such as soups, casseroles and even technically ‘naughty’ foods like curries.
A lot of people these days are susceptible to having stomach issues (sometimes without even realising it!) and in order to help heal a damaged gut lining, you need large amounts of easily digestible substances like amino acids, gelatin, glucosamine, fats, vitamins and minerals. These are all found in good-quality bone broth.
How to make it?
You can make bone broth with any bones, from chicken to lamb to fish. You can even make a combination of these. For poultry you should simmer for up to 6 hours, and other game or red meats for up to 12!
You can ‘poach’ the meat with the bones and then remove this once it’s cooked, or use bones left over after roasting meat. You can even buy the bones directly from the butchers and there are now even places that you can order them directly online as well.
With either the meat or the bones, you add a selection of chopped vegetables and spices. A lot of recipes will use onions, garlic, carrot, celery, bay leaves and any herbs plus salt and pepper.
Have a look at our post on how we make bone broth: https://squirrelsisters.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/whole-poached-chicken-chicken-broth-recipe/
For more in depth info on bone broth and its benefits, this is a great article: http://paleoleap.com/eat-this-bone-broth/
Hemsely & Hemsley also offer some useful insights about it’s benefits: http://www.hemsleyandhemsley.com/hh-on-bone-broth-boil-your-bones/