With the winter months upon us and the changing of the weather, joint pain and colds are going to be popping up like no other. One solution that I have started to try is bone broth. There are so many benefits to bone broth, from helping heal your gut to helping your hair grow. It’s chock-full of healthy goodness like amino acids, minerals, collagen, electrolytes. There’s a reason Grandma’s chicken soup is recommended when you get sick, the base of that soup is broth.
I suffer from tremendous joint pain, especially in the winter. I don’t know the reason for it and admittedly I don’t want to go to the doctor because I’m terrified of being told I need shoulder or knee surgery. So I am always looking for ways to help with the pain and support my joints. What better way than to ingest collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates that you extract from the marrow. That collagen also helps promote healthy skin, hair and nails.
It’s really simple to make, all you need is a large stock pot, bones, water. Optionally add onions and other vegetables to help flavor the broth. You can add in herbs and spices as you see fit. You can use a whole chicken as well. I like to roast my chicken, pull off the meat and use the left-over carcass to make bone broth. Roasting the bones helps bring out the flavor so if you’re doing this with beef bones I recommend roasting them for an one hour before simmering in a stock pot. After you have combined all your ingredients together simmer for at least 24 hours, strain with a fine sieve or cheesecloth and store in the fridge for about a week. You can also freeze your bone broth. When refrigerated it will turn gelatinous which means you did it right and got all the goodness out of the bones.
Drink a cup to start your day, use in cooking rice and pastas, or reserve for soups.
Beef Bone Broth Recipe
- 2 lbs beef bones
- 1 whole onion ,quartered
- 3-4 carrots, chopped
- bay leaf
- salt and pepper
- 18-20 cups water
- In a large Dutch oven or stock pot (I use a cast iron pot that can be used for roasting and stovetop), roast beef bones at 350 F for one hour or until nicely browned with good crunchy bits on the bottom of your roasting pan.
- Remove from oven and place onto stove top.
- Add in water and remaining ingredients. Simmer on low for 12-24 hours. The longer your simmer, the better the results.
- Remove, strain and store.