Happy Sunday :).
I love broth. I find it so satisfying and comforting, I used to keep chicken broth in my fridge and would randomly heat a cup up for myself every now and then. I’ve been seeing (as you probably have too) a lot of talk about the health benefits of bone broth all over social media, and the science behind it isn’t wrong! Bone broth is really amazing for a variety of reasons….
- It’s super nutritious – it’s full of vitamins and minerals including phosphorous, magnesium and calcium!
- The collagen from the bones get extracted and you get to drink them! Collagen helps with providing the body with amino acids, which is basically what protein is made up of (and we all know how important protein is… riiiiiight?)
- It can help protect your joints! It’s a great source of gelatin, a compound that helps break down collagen in the body. It’s important especially when the cartilage in the body starts to break down, getalin and collage both help replenish it – keeping you free from pain :D.
- It can help fight inflammation and heal the gut. I’m a big believer that a lot of our health issues in the world today is due to inflammation and that all starts in the gut. Bone broth is full of amino acids which is what our gut needs to be healthy and fight the inflammation in our bodies.
- Oh those amino acids! Another amino acid that’s prevalent in bone broth is glycine. Glycine is a super safe therapeutic treatment to help with your sleep – and bone broth has glycine in it! A cup of this before bed may help you sleep better.
- It can help support your weight loss journey because it’s so full of protein, so when you drink this you’re going to feel a lot more full than if you were to have a cup of tea :).
I make my bone broth in my Instant Pot because on the stove top it can take 24-48 hours to make. I have only used chicken bones to make my broth but I hear great things about using beef bones. I like to include vegetables and fresh herbs and spices in my bone broth just to give it a bit of added flavour. Check out my recipe below!
Chicken Bone Broth
- 1 whole chicken worth of bones I freeze mine if I can’t make bone broth right away! It comes to be about 2-3 pounds worth.
- 2 cups vegetable scraps I keep veggie scraps from celery, carrots and onions in my freezer and use them in my bone broth!
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- as much garlic as you want I use a lot
- 2 whole bay leaves
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar which helps to break down the collagen
- Salt and pepper to taste
Put all the ingredients except for water into the Instant Pot.
Fill the Instant Pot with water until it covers the bones and vegetables.
Set your Instant Pot on manual mode for 120 minutes. When it’s done let it release naturally, this will take a while.
Strain the broth into a big bowl so that you can remove the scrap pieces. You can then transfer it into a jar or some sort of storage container. I use a glass 1-L mason jar and I usually have enough left to have a glass of it right away.
If there’s a good amount of gelatin in your broth, it will form a jelly-like layer on top when you chill it in the fridge. Not to worry! This is good :).
I love making bone broth. I get to use all my veggie scraps that I would have otherwise threw away and I also get to use all of an animal which I ate the meat of. Sorry vegans. I like the idea of using every single part of an animal and not being wasteful since they died for your meal. Sorry if that’s too much LOL.
Are you a fan of bone broth? How do you make yours?