Every week I buy an organic or free-range whole Chicken for my family. Having a family of 6 to feed to every day, I have to stay I can only afford one organic chicken a week. I try to roast or poach the whole chicken, use most of it for our weekly lunches, some of it for one dinner then use the carcass for bone broth. Nothing goes to waste really.
Making my own broth or stock means I don’t have to buy any stocks from the shop that also contain many hidden ingredients that can be harmful to the health. With a few everyday spices, herbs, carrots and celery you can very easily make a homemade broth that is healing and anti-inflammatory.
You can either make in a slow cooker, Instant pot or a normal pot will work just fine but you’ll have to keep an eye on the cooker. Whereas having a slow cooker allows you the space to close the door and go for a long walk to the beach or go to work.
Health Benefits Of Bone Broth
- Gut Healing: The many minerals like calcium, phosphorous and magnesium that by slow cooking the bone broth draws out is fantastic and support the repair the linings of our gut. This includes l-glutamine, gelatine and collagen.
- Immune Boosting: I used to crave chicken soup every time I catch a cold. Little did I know that there is a link. Bone broth helps reduce inflammation in the respiratory system and also boosts white blood cell activity.
- Hydrates the body: Bone broth, especially with all of the other nutrient-rich vegetables, herbs and spices, can be a great source of electrolytes (mineral) to the body.
- Supports Join Health: Bone broth is a rich source of amino acids, the building blocks needed to repair our joints and cartilage. Not to forget the joint supporting nutrient glucosamine and condroitin.
- Helps Flavour Food: Bone broth can be used as a soup in itself or use to flavour rice, dhal, or stews.
- Improve your Mood: The anti-inflammatory bone broth with the gut healing powers naturally improves the gut and brain function and keeps us happier. Happy gut happy mood
- Chicken carcass
- 2 liters of water
- 5 whole cloves (optional)
- 1 aniseed (optional)
- Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- 1-2 inch of ginger
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 tea spoon of turmeric
- 2-3 fresh or dried bay leaves
- Sprigs of rosemary or thyme
- 2 carrots roughly chopped
- 3 Celery Sticks
- 1 Leek roughly chopped
- 1 table spoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- Salt to taste
- Put all the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Use it as a noodle soup, to cook rice, soup, dhal or any drink as a warming beverage.
- Use as many of the spices on the ingredient list or remove all for a simple broth.
- Use any herbs you have in hand.
- Store the broth in the fridge for up to a week or freezer or for few months.
If you are cooking the bones for longer hours like 12 hours then add the other ingredients halfway the cook to prevent the lost of some of the nutrients in the herbs and spices.