WHAT IS BONE BROTH
Bone broth is an alternative to stock, a flavorful liquid made by slowly simmering bones, cartilage and tendons, with some bits of meat that remain attached.
The difference between stock and bone broth is that while stock can be made in three or four hours, bone broth is simmered for 24 hours or more, extracting the maximum amount of collagen (protein) and other nutrients from the bones.
Bone broth can be made from any type of animal bones, from whatever carcass has been butchered—beef, bison, chicken, lamb, turkey—and fish bones. The broth is typically seasoned with onions and herbs.
THE BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH
Over the past few years, drinking cups of bone broth has become a healthy habit for those seeking a variety of healing benefits:
Gut health: Bone Broth helps to seal the mucosal lining of the gut, limiting leaky gut syndrome and easing chronic diarrhea, constipation, even some food intolerances.
Joint health: Bone broth contains glucosamine, and unlike pill supplements, the broth offers other nutritional benefits that can help reduce pain.
Skin improvement: Bone broth is a rich source of collagen, which has shown an improvement in skin’s elasticity.
Fatigue reduction: Research has shown that glycine, found in bone broth, may help improve sleep and ward off fatigue. During the day, it’s a protein-packed drink.
Immune system health: Bone broth’s high concentration of minerals can strengthen the immune system.
Bone strength: The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus that are transferred into the broth from animal bones are great for human bones.
Protein supplement: Bone broth contains essential amino acids, which are important for muscle recovery and energy source.
BONE BROTH IN COOKING
But before we heard of bone broth as a health food darling, we used it for cooking:
As a cooking broth.
As a soup base.
As a nutritious diet soup and hot beverage.
Weight Watchers began recommending bone broth* as “free food” (have all you want) when the program began back in the 1960s.
Calories will vary by producer, but estimate 66 calories per eight-ounce cup.
You can make your own bone broth from scratch, but most people would rather buy it than watch a simmering pot for a day.
HOW TO ADD MORE BONE BROTH TO YOUR DIET
What can the home cook do with bone broth, beyond heat it in the microwave to drink?
We recently asked Bonafide Provisions, the first USDA-approved organic bone broth on the market, to shared their favorite uses for bone broth. Here are their recommendations.
1. FROZEN CUBES. Start by freezing bone broth in ice cube trays. You’ll be ready to add extra collagen protein into soups, stews, even your simplest recipes is by dropping a cube of bone broth into them.
2. BREAKFAST. Take your pick:
Instead Of Coffee: For a start-the-day drink, make a bone broth “latte” instead. The collagen protein in the bone broth will fill you up. This recipe (photo #1) combines chicken bone broth, coconut milk, fresh basil and lime juice for a Thai-inspired bone broth latte.
Pancakes & Waffles: You can “secretly” add bone broth protein to carb-laden favorites like pancakes and waffles. Here’s a recipe (photo #2).
Breakfast Broth: Soup is a popular breakfast item in Southeast Asia. Here’s a recipe for an Asian-style breakfast soup that can be enjoyed all day.
3. BRUNCH COCKTAILS & COCKTAIL HOUR. Become a bone broth mixologist Using bone broth in our recipes is no exception. A favorite is a bone broth Bloody Mary (photo #8), recipe below.
4. BOILING. Use bone broth in place of water or stock for cooking. Bone broth makes a delicious and nutrient-packed alternative to water in most recipes. Cooking grains in bone broth dishes adds not only flavor, but gut-supporting collagen protein.
5. BRAISING LIQUID. Bone broth makes a great braising liquid for vegetables, short ribs and other braises (photo #4).
6. SAUTÉS & PAN SAUCES. Use it for all sauté and braising needs. Add a few tablespoons to ¼ cup of bone broth to deglaze the pan to make a sauce for meat. for a sauce for meat.
7. SLOW COOKING. Create delicious and easy meals in a slow cooker. It’s as easy as adding a a protein, your favorite spices, chopped veggies and a bag of beef bone broth to your slow cooker for a fuss-free, effortless stew.
8. SOUPS. It’s easy to add bone broth protein to just about any soup (photo #3). Using bone broth as a base for all of your soups and stews takes the hard work out of crafting a soup from scratch. Create easy blender soups with roasted vegetables. Check out these recipes from Bonafide.
9. PROTEIN ENHANCER. Hide bone broth in foods for picky eaters who aren’t getting enough protein. Check the recipes for everything from enchiladas to potato wedges.
10. SNACKS. Heat up 8-10 ounces of our bone broth with your favorite spices. The saltiness is satisfying and the collagen protein provides satiety.
11. SMOOTHIES. We love to add 2 cubes of bone broth to our morning smoothies (coconut milk, spinach, berries) as a way to boost the amino acid content and add in some extra protein.
12. BEDTIME RELAXER. Sip bone broth as a tea before bed. It’s not only a comforting, warm snack, but the amino acid, glycine, found abundantly in bone broth, helps support a deep, restful sleep.
DO YOU HAVE MORE SUGGESTIONS FOR HOW TO USE BONE BROTH?
Let us know!
There are bone broth recipes for every meal of the day on the company website.
*Then in the form of bouillon cubes.