The health world has recently been caught up in the whirlwind of bone broth. As we start to realize truly how important holistic health is for our skin, gut, body, and soul, we look back on ancient recipes for the key to maintaining a good sense of general wellbeing.
While there is only a little bit of scientific evidence that supports the benefits of bone broth for your health, the proof is in the pudding, and that pudding is generations of people who have passed down classic recipes. Whether you’re in the middle of a southern winter or a northern summer right now, consider bone broth as a great addition to your diet. Let’s take a look at four of the best bone broth recipes for your general health and wellbeing.
We’ve all got a bit of beef stock in the cupboard, which we probably use in most of our winter recipes right now. However, if you want to move things up a notch, try making a nourishing, yet simple bone broth.
One of the best things about this particular bone broth recipe is that it's nice and easy, which means that it's great for beginners. Not only is it easy to make, but it's packed full of flavor, so you won't have any trouble getting it down. Just make sure to keep your bone broth in the fridge when you've cooked it, as it can last up to five days when it's cooled. If you don't plan on drinking it straight away, it's best to keep it stored in the freezer.
If you’re on a bit of a budget right now and you’re looking for ways to save on your bone broth recipe, go for pork first. Pork is a little less expensive to make than beef or chicken, surprisingly. If you’re struggling to find pork bones at your local supermarket, you can always head down to the butcher, who should have some spare.
While this bone broth recipe is just as simple as the beef stock one, it is going to take a bit of time to cook, so allow for at least a day before you need it.
The mere thought of chicken feet might send you running, but if you can get over the thought of using chicken feet for your bone broth, this is actually a great way to get a lot of nutrients packed into one meal.
From calcium and collagen to glucosamine, there are a lot of reasons to go for the feet of the chicken instead of regular bones. However, as you may have predicted, you might have a bit of difficulty finding chicken feet at the supermarket, so try again at your butcher or even your local Chinese grocery. This bone broth is excellent if you've got the flu right now and need a bit of comfort food that's also nutrient-dense to get you through.
Just like with the other bone broths here, fish bone broth comes packed full of nutrients – but with some nutrients that you’re only going to get from this type of bone broth. If you’re lacking in iodine, and need a bit of help with your thyroid, then this is an excellent bone broth.
Just remember, if you want to make the best fish bone broth, try to choose bones that come from non-oily fish. You’ll also want to try and avoid cooking this in a pressure cooker or a slow cooker – it should be cooked the old fashioned way, on your stove. This hearty, wholesome bone broth can get you through those cool winter evenings or hot summer days without a hitch.