Beef and Chicken Bone Broth
This beef and chicken bone broth is incredibly nourishing. Bone broth helps to boost your immune systems, reduces inflammation, improves your skin and its elasticity, promotes tissue repair, boosts brain health and helps ease aching joints. It’s rich in collagen, glycine, gelatin, chondroitin, calcium and magnesium. Bone broth helps to promote better sleep, is a powerful gut repair food, and helps to heal leaky gut by improving intestinal permeability.
When I started researching bone broth, I thought to myself… THIS is what our Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers meant about the healing affects of Chicken Soup! Bone broth is full of nutrients that nourishes so many aspects of the body, including our hearts and souls!
This recipe comes from my butcher Kevin, at my local coop. The butchers at my local coop are awesome! First of all they are all a wealth of information on our local farms, suppliers, and cuts of meat. Additionally, they are really fun to talk recipes with too.
When my coop first went to the full service meat counter, I thought omg, I actually have to talk to people? Crap. The introvert in me was not down with that (ha,ha), and yet, I got over myself and have truly enjoyed learning from the fine gentlemen that work at my coop. I also like shopping there, because I know the coop has done their due diligence in researching the best ingredients with their offerings. It’s so much easier to shop there when you have food sensitivities, and when you want to avoid low quality, high sugar, and foods made with chemicals. So, if you have a local health food store, I highly recommend checking it out.
Let’s get to the recipe. As you read through this you are likely going to think “What the ____?” Chicken feet? Yeah I know, the chicken feet were totally out of my comfort zone too, but I really wanted to dive into the healing benefits of bone broth, as I needed it for gut healing. So I decided to put my heebie jeebie feelings aside to fully meld into that healing. The beauty of the chicken feet (if you can get past the visual), is that because they have a multitude of joints, it increases the production of collagen in the broth exponentially. Which increases the gel factor. This is what you want to max out the healing benefits to the gut, joints and skin.
A quick tip for you, I usually find the bones I need in the meat freezer section at my coop. So you might start there, or ask the butcher for them. For improving gut health and working on a gut healing routine, I recommend drinking 8 ounces of bone broth twice daily. I usually heat a little up in a sauce pan, pour it in a mug, add some really good salt like Redmonds Real Salt and drink! You can also use bone broth as a base to make soup. You can cook your rice in it, or saute’ vegetables in it. There are all kinds of ways you can incorporate bone borth, so use your imagination, and start your healing!
- 1 package of Chicken Feet (in the freezer section of my co-op)
- 1-2 large beef bones – if you can get them sliced into 1-2″ sections, even better (the more joints the better on the bones)
- 8 cups of water or fill your slow cooker to about 1″ from top
- 1 carrot -peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 onions quartered
- 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
- 6-8 slim slices of ginger root
- 4 cloves of garlic
- Redmonds Real Salt and pepper
- Place bones, veggies, spices and apple cider vinegar into the bottom of a crock pot.
- Cover with water.
- Make sure that the bones are covered with water up to 1″ from the top. (add more if needed).
- Cover slow cooker, and set on low (by cooking it on low you keep the skum to a minimum) for 8 to 12 hours.
- Strain the broth through cheese cloth or a strainer, which will filter the bones and the bits,
- Discard all the bits and bones.
- Place in a glass storage dish, and chill in the fridge, it will be jelly like when you take it out,
- Or freeze in quart sized containers.
- Once chilled there may be a layer of fat, you can chip
- this off and discard.
- Warm up 8oz or so at a time, place in a mug and drink!
- Also use this like chicken broth, and add to soups for stock, cook veggies in it, or cook grains with it instead of water. Use your imagination!
- Additionally this could be made in an Instant Pot, just follow your pot’s directions.