Bone broth, a healing staple, rich in nutrients and collagen is a must-have for those seeking to enhance their overall well-being. Its nutritional benefits and healing abilities for the gut and immunity play a large role in healing from the inside out. We’ll guide you through a simple yet magnificent recipe for chicken broth, while also highlighting common mistakes to avoid for a flawless preparation.
The collagen and gelatin present in the broth support joint health, skin elasticity, and gut function. The amino acids and minerals derived from the simmered chicken and vegetables contribute to immune system support and help maintain healthy bones. Chicken broth’s hydrating and soothing properties make it a go-to choice for boosting hydration and providing comfort during times of illness. Incorporating our Chicken Broth into your diet can aid in digestion, offer a warm and satisfying culinary experience, and add a nutrient-packed foundation to a variety of dishes.
Chicken Bone Broth
Basic Chicken Bone Broth Recipe
- 1 kg farm-raised, free-range chicken bones, necks, and feet
- 4 liters of filtered water
- 4 celery stalks, roughly chopped
- 2 carrots, roughly chopped
- 1 large onion, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons apple cider
- Place chicken bones in a large stainless-steel pot with water, add the vegetables and apple cider vinegar. (Note: Adding an acid like apple cider vinegar helps extract more minerals from the bones during cooking)
- Let stand for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bring to a boil and remove any scum that rises to the top for the first hour of the cooking time(Note: this is called skimming). Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 6 to 12 hours. The longer you cook the broth, the richer and more flavorful it will be.
- Remove the bones and vegetables with a slotted spoon. Strain the broth into glass containers or jars for storage.
- When the broth cools, a layer of fat rises and hardens on top. This layer protects the broth beneath and you may discard it when you are about to drink the broth.
The broth can be stored for 4-5 days in the refrigerator. Alternatively, it can be frozen in freezer-safe containers for later use.
Common Mistakes With Bone Broth
- Not skimming your bone broth frequently enough. Skimming removes impurities and fat for a clear, clean broth. In the first hour of cooking and occasionally thereafter it’s important to remove any scum that rises to the top of the pot.
- Not cooking your bone broth long enough. Skimping on cook time (we suggested to simmer the bone broth for six to twelve hours, however, many extend the simmer time even longer to get the maximum nutrients out of the bones).
- Not using the right bones for your bone broth. Here, we’ve suggested chicken bones so you can use all of the bones left over from a roast chicken dinner. If you were making beef broth, for example, using beef marrow bones is not the best idea. The marrow bone, also known as the femur bone, is a smooth bone with not much meat or tissue. You need the meaty bones to get the rich flavour in your broth. You want bones with tissue to get the collagen goodness to support good skin, hair, and nails.
Now you’ve got a Basic Chicken Bone Broth to enjoy. So, what else can you do with it? Well, you can cook with bone broth and add it to almost any dish to make it taste yummy. Here are some additional recipes.
Ready to Elevate Your Bone Broth Game?
Ready to elevate your bone broth game? With a few simple add-ons, you can transform your basic bone broth into a flavourful and nutrient-rich concoction that will leave your taste buds singing.
Bone Broth: Trend or Nutrition Essential?
An ancient tradition that has become a health craze – bone broth has turned into an uber-trendy essential.