Bone broth has gained popularity due to its numerous potential health benefits. Here are some of the benefits associated with consuming bone broth:
Rich in nutrients: Bone broth is packed with essential nutrients like amino acids, collagen, gelatin, minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus), and vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin K). These nutrients can contribute to improved gut health, joint health, and overall vitality.
Supports joint health: The collagen and gelatin found in bone broth are known to support joint health by providing building blocks for healthy bones, cartilage, and ligaments. Regular consumption of bone broth may help reduce joint pain and inflammation.
Promotes gut health: Bone broth contains gelatin, which can help restore and strengthen the gut lining. This may improve digestion, reduce symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, and enhance nutrient absorption.
Boosts immunity: The amino acids present in bone broth, such as glutamine and arginine, have been linked to immune system support. Drinking bone broth may help enhance the function of immune cells and improve overall immune response.
Supports skin health: The collagen content in bone broth can promote healthy skin by improving elasticity and helping heal that torn cha-cha or sunroof baby scar!
Now, if you have been making bone broth by simmering it for half a day and stinking out the house.... here's my recipe for the quickest chicken bone broth. My secret weapon: an Instant Pot:
- 2-2.5kg of chicken bones (such as carcasses, necks, and backs)
- 2 carrots, roughly chopped
- 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
- 1 onion, quartered
- 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
- Water (enough to cover the ingredients)
Place the chicken bones in the Instant Pot and add the chopped carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaves, apple cider vinegar, and salt.
Pour enough water into the Instant Pot to cover the ingredients, but do not exceed the maximum fill line.
Close the Instant Pot lid and set the pressure valve to "Sealing."
Select the "Pressure Cook" setting on the Instant Pot and set the timer to 90 minutes at high pressure. Allow the pressure to release naturally for about 20-30 minutes afterward.
Once the pressure has released and it's safe to open the Instant Pot, carefully strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a large bowl or container. Discard the bones and vegetables.
Let the broth cool to room temperature, then refrigerate it for several hours or overnight.
Your chicken bone broth is now ready to use. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for longer-term storage.
P.S. If you don't have a pressure cooker, just bring the pot to the boil and then simmer for 6-24 hours.
Enjoy the nourishing benefits of homemade chicken bone broth by sipping it on its own, using it as a base for soups and stews, or incorporating it into various recipes.