Bone Broth Soup Recipe
One of the firs things that I learned about MCTD following my diagnosis is that it is suspected that leaky guy syndrome may be a contributing factor for the development of this disease. Further research into this reveals that some health professionals believe that all health is directly related to gut health. If you start to look for how heal leaky gut syndrome you will very quickly arrive at a superfood for gut health - bone broth.
Bone broth contains minerals, vitamins, amino acids and essential fatty acids that are extremely beneficial and healthy for all people, but most especially people who are sick. Bone broth also supports immune system function and the collagen helps to protect your joints and skin. If you need to feel better then the very first thing on your list of things to make and eat is bone broth soup...and lots of it! If you have an autoimmune disease or digestive problem then you should be drinking bone broth up to five or six times every day.
What kind of meat to use for bone broth soup? - The most important thing to do when making bone broth soup is to source high quality, organic meats, most especially meats that are free from hormones, steroids and chemicals. The fat from high quality meats is extremely healthy for you however the fats from low quality or commercially mass produced meat is where toxins accumulate. This is why you must try to find organic, hormone free, pasture raised, grass fed, and chemical free meats. You can use chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, pork or wild caught fish to make your bone broth. The recipe this page is for beef bone broth or you can also read this turkey bone broth recipe if you are looking for something a little bit lighter in flavor.
How To Make Bone Broth
There is not a lot of ways to go wrong with making bone broth soup except perhaps simply not boiling the bones for long enough. You can moke an acceptable bone broth soup in as little as a few hours however broth left to simmer for 24 hours with be far superior, in flavor and in health, to a shorter cooking time for your broth. You also can extend the cooking time for up to 48 hours for even further extraction benefit from the bones.
If using a high quality meat, which you should be, you can collect, process and save the fat layer that forms on top of this broth. Fat is not very desirable in a broth as it leaves an oily film in your mouth so you don't want to leave it in the soup. While you can keep the skimmed fat product for cooking and flavoring, if the meat is not high quality and organic then skim and dispose of the fat layer.
5 pounds of beef bones
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons pink salt
1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic
3 bay leaves
Step 1 - Fill a large stock pot with water
Step 2 - Add bones to pot and bring to a boil
Step 3 - After five minutes drain out water and rinse bones thoroughly
Step 4 - Fill stock pot again, add bones, and bring to a boil
Step 5 - Add onions, garlic, salt, bay leaves, vinegar and optional vegetables
Step 6 - Cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer
Step 7 - Simmer for 24 hours. Add more water if the water level gets too low
Step 8 - Strain and cool broth. Skim fat layer that congeals on top
Step 9 - Individually package and freeze for fast and easy meals throughout the week
The reason why you boil the bones for five minutes and then throw the water away is because most of the bacteria on meat is growing on the surface. By boiling the bones for a few minutes you can strip the vast majority of these impurities and bacteria and dispose of them. You will not lose any beneficial flavor by taking this additional step. You will also have less scum and foam on surface and the broth will be more transparent than bones that are not boiled and rinsed for five minutes. Use bone broth for quick meals throughout the day but also as a pre-made flavorful stock that you can add to other foods.
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About the author - Steve Goodale is a blogger and technical specialist from Ontario Canada, winner of the 2018 Industry Leadership Award, who reaches over three million readers per year with his popular pool and spa blog. Steve started the www.CookForMeBaby.com blog about healthy eating after being diagnosed with a rare and incurable autoimmune disease. You can read more on his story about life with MCTD here. For more healthy cooking inspiration check out his other delicious recipes.