Listen to Grandma--she knew. Chicken broth (or stock) was made by simmering the carcass of a cooked chicken with a few veggies and herbs. That means just the chicken bones--not the meat. That means it costs almost nothing to make it, because you can use the bones that are leftover after a chicken dinner. That's what my frugal grandma and mother did, and that's the way I've always done it.
Many have claimed chicken broth could "cure what ails you," (it turns out, this old wive's tale is true). Why is bone broth such a super food? As the bones cook in water, a number of good tasting, health boosting vitamins and minerals are released into the broth. The natural gelatin, collagen, glucosamine, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus have numerous healing powers; and, they are in a form that is easily absorbed by the body. Here are some of the health benefits of eating bone broth:
- It can heal the stomach and aid digestion.
- It can help fight the infection that causes colds and flu. (Eating chicken soup when you're sick really is good medicine!)
- It can reduce joint pain.
- It can help repair bones and make them stronger.
- It is good for skin, nails, hair, and teeth.
Servings: makes 12 cups
- Tourmaline Farms Roasted chicken carcass (approx. 2 lbs. of bones); include any leftover skin or pan drippings
- 1 or 2 medium onions, unpeeled & quartered
- 1 head of garlic, unpeeled, cut in half crosswise
- 2 celery ribs, cut in 1 to 2 inch pieces
- 2 carrots, cut in 1 to 2 inch pieces
- 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 5 sprigs of fresh parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- 1-1/2 teaspoons peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- Mineral Salt (to taste)
- 3 quarts water (enough to immerse above ingredients)
Add all of the ingredients to a 6 quart (or larger) slow cooker. Cook on low for 10-12 hours. While still hot, pour through a wire mesh strainer to remove the solids.
For a fat-free broth, use one of these methods for removing the fat:
METHOD 1: Pour broth into a large bowl or container, cover, and refrigerate overnight or until completely chilled. Scrape the hardened fat from the top and discard.
METHOD 2: While broth is still warm, pour it into a grease separator (available on Amazon and at cooking stores), that allows you to pour the fat-free broth from the bottom.
FREEZE IT. Broth can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. For extended storage, it should be frozen. It's convenient to freeze it in 1 or 2 cup portions for easy use in recipes.
USES: This broth can be used in any soups, gravies, or any recipes calling for chicken broth. It also can be drunk as is for a healthy supplement to your diet.