Flu season has been upon us and if it hasn't hit you yet, consider yourself lucky! I am one of those families where it seems the flu likes to hang and circulate amongst my kids a few times before it departs! One of our staple meals in our house along with I am sure most of American culture is to have some chicken soup! So I thought it best to explore the pros and cons of bone broth! I have been hearing about it for the last few years, but recently its been a hot topic!
Bone broth is made from exactly what it sounds like. Bones. This is a stock made from roasted bones, which may still have some meat attached. It's cooked 24 hours or more. The goal is not only to extract the gelatin from the bones but also to release the nutritious minerals. Bone broth is then strained and seasoned to be enjoyed on its own, like broth. The broth can be made from all types of animal bones but is primarily made with cow and chicken bones. You can get these bones fresh from the butcher, saved from whatever previous meat meal you prepared, or bought in pre-made broth or powdered form. I'll provide some recipes at the end of this article!
The Bone Low Down:
Bone broth is promoted as having a unique combination of amino acids, minerals, and collagen and cartilage compounds, which helps maintain healthy bones and skin. At this time, however, there isn't much research to support or refute these claims. The lack of research hasn't slowed down the hype though of this soup. I myself am excited to try it, mostly because during the winter time soups always seems to hit the spot. I also didn't find any real "cons" to having it. In this case the pros, possible claims, far outweigh any bad!
Here are some ways to have your bone broth! If you have any favorites please share them with me!
You can buy these pre-made at the stores in liquid form or even in powder form. Here is one I found on Amazon (don't worry no affiliate marketing here)
In addition to eating/drinking your bone broth right away you can also freeze it and store it for later up to a year. In the fridge it will only last up to 4-5 days.