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Healing with Bone Broth

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Is it a new fad or just a good old home remedy? It seems that life runs in circles and I am convinced that the past generation of cooks in our family had it right.

I think back to when I would visit my Grandma and Grandpa, there would always be some type of soup cooking on the stove top on Sunday afternoon. To my surprise, it wasn’t just soup; it was broth, and not just any broth, but bone broth. Anyone who remembers my Grandpa will tell you that he had cures for all your ailments, from what herb to brew for tea or use as a poultice to what vitamin or combination of vitamins and minerals you should be consuming. Then there was always his advice on what fresh fruits, vegetables or root to juice to keep your insides in working order. Today, that would be referred to as #healthygut. He was the family’s walking, talking encyclopedia of everything good for us. He also had no problem making up his elixir or administering it, along with the well-planned lecture on hiding the salt shaker. No one in the family, old or young, was exempt from the lecture.

Bone broth was made with bones leftover from the chuck roast that was cooked for Monday’s dinner, the roasted chicken on Wednesday and maybe a soup bone from the beef that was butchered and in the freezer. He would also include carrots, celery, onion and garlic with a bit of sea salt and fresh-ground pepper. This was his favorite cure for the cold or flu. Bone broth is currently taking the nation by storm. It’s being called better than Botox®, a cellulite reducer, great for arthritis and healing for the digestive tract.

To make the perfect pot of bone broth, start by saving the bones from your chicken or pot roast; throw them in a freezer bag and put them in the freezer until you’re ready to make the broth. You can do the same thing with the ends of carrots and celery that you may have cut up for your salad, onion peels, even egg shells, if the outside of the egg was rinsed before cracking. All of these are normally thrown out, but they’re packed with great stuff for bone broth.

This broth can be made as a combination of beef and chicken or just beef broth or chicken broth. If you choose to buy all the ingredients for the broth, it’s going to be a bit more expensive. Most butcher shops still sell soup bones, and you can get them at a good price. However, there is no wrong way once you decide to start making bone broth. It will still be healthy and wholesome, and you will wonder why you hadn’t tried it sooner. ■