Everything old is new again and chicken bone broth or bone broths in general are no exception…hallelujah! Take my word, you will begin to hear more and more about the health benefits of bone broth these days and about little restaurants/brotheries serving it up in all its glory down the way from the juice bar!
I mean, just the other day the son of a good friend of mine who is a very serious athlete asked me what I thought of bone broths? He had just read an article where Kobe Bryant talks about drinking bone broths to build his body up and to repair from injuries. So get on the bone broth boat people…it may be coming into vogue but most importantly it’s just plain good for you!
What you need to know is that traditional cultures have been making bone broths forever because they were intent on using the whole animal and they instinctively knew they were healing! Truly the most nutritious way to consume different cuts of meats is by cooking them with the bone and fat that’s attached to it…o.k., that’s another blog post.
The Weston A. Price Foundation had so much to do with bringing a new awareness of homemade bone broths to this century and educating anyone who cared to know about the benefits based upon the wisdom of traditional cultures. Here is a great article on bone broths written by the founder of WAPF, Sally Fallon Morrell.
Well, I’ve got a beef bone broth video on my blog for y’all so I thought I would create the “sister video” this week…Chicken Bone Broth…Plain and Simple! I’m hoping this post and video will encourage those who haven’t ventured into the land of bone broths to see just how easy it is! Think of bone broths as liquid, whole-food vitamins and minerals.
I’ve listed some bone broth benefits down below, along with the chicken broth video and a simple little recipe. And if you’re a broth maker from way back then please let me know how bone broths have made a difference in your life?
Please share your tasty bone broth ideas with all of us here!
Some Fabulous Benefits of Chicken Bone Broth!
- If you are having digestive issues of any sort then real bone broth should be the first thing you spend time making in the kitchen. And, we all are pretty aware by now that the root of auto-immune issues really begins in the gut. Living in our world today I’m thinking that most people have challenges with their digestive system. All the minerals, collagen and nutrients in real bone broth will help to heal and seal your digestive lining…helping to calm inflammation.
- Got achy, sore joints? Real bone broths have glucosamine chondroitin from the cartilage of the animal to help reduce inflammation and pain. Side note: you have to drink water, water, water to keep hydrated and eliminate refined carbs and sugars first before the aches & pains will begin to subside.
- Like heals like…bone broths are bone building with high amounts of calcium and magnesium and other minerals.
- And, the one we all love to experience…healthy hair, nails and skin!
- Finally, real bone broths make everything taste better like soups, stews, grains and veggies! Instead of a cup of tea/coffee try hot bone broth with a good pinch of salt.
Resources for chicken bones & chicken bone broth:
- Local farmer’s markets are your first stop to try and find pastured, antibiotic & hormone-free chicken parts. And, ask which farmer/rancher is known to carry chicken feet because they’re a great addition!
- Grocery stores: Just buy antibiotic & hormone-free legs and wings and make a broth with those.
- Order broths and chicken parts from US Wellness Meats! And, Bare Bones Broth appears to be another great resource for already made bone broths…but it would be a whole lot cheaper if you’d just make it yourself!
How to Store It:
- Once your broth has chilled in the fridge over night then fill quart size zip-lock freezer bags 3/4 of the way full…because it will expand as it freezes.
- Or use food-grade plastic containers…filling 3/4 full.
How long will it last in the fridge?
- 6-7 days…then freeze it!
Enjoy the “how to make chicken bone broth” video!
- 6-7 lbs chicken parts...leftover carcasses/bones from previously cooked chickens, backs, wings, drumsticks and feet if you can find them!
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- Water...enough to cover the chicken parts by a couple of inches
- Place all the chicken parts in a big stockpot and cover with water by 2 inches.
- Add apple cider vinegar and stir well.
- Let the bones and vinegar sit for about 30 minutes.
- Place pot over largest burner on medium-high heat and 30 minutes later the broth will slowly come to a boil and you might like to skim off & throw away any non-brothy looking stuff that rises to the top but, it's not necessary.
- Lower heat to a simmer so that you only see tiny little bubbles here and there.
- Put the lid back on and simmer for 12-24 hours.
- Take lid off and let cool to room temperature.
- Using a "spider" or slotted spoon begin to remove the biggest bone pieces and discard...do not give to your animals.
- Place a hand strainer over a big bowl and pour the broth into the strainer catching all the rest of the bones, etc.
- Cover bowl with saran wrap and chill in the fridge for 24 hours.
- Scrape off most of the fat and save for a later use if desired.
- Pour/spoon chilled broth into plastic containers or zip-lock bags to freeze for a later use.