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CROCKPOT BONE BROTH: A Healing Elixir

CROCKPOT BONE BROTH: A Healing Elixir

Warning: Adult language

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What if I told you there was a broth out there that could actual help heal your body? 

What if I told you there was an easy way to make this broth? 

What if I told you the health benefits from bone broth went on and on and on? 

Would you make it?

Well, I sure as hell hope so!

Oh, I forgot to tell you, bone broth is also super inexpensive. Who doesn't like that news? Another perk... one batch will give you enough to make your meal for that day AND give you enough broth to freeze for later meals. Score.

You know the old wives tale about eating chicken noodle soup to make you better when you're sick? Well, it's true... and it has nothing to do with the noodles! It was the broth! Unfortunately today, broth comes in a can or a box, is processed and stripped of any true nutrition, and isn't even made from bones, it's really just flavored water! There are no health benefits from it at all. 

Okay, here's the dealio. I know our society has become this Fast-Paced-Filled-Calendar kind of world where there's always some damn thing we have to go to, take our kids to, buy for, cook for, dress up for. The list goes on and on.  Sometimes it just gets so tiring. I mean, all I wanna do is stay home in my jammies and whip my bra across the room. If there was a contest for bra whipping, believe me, my mantle would be lined with awards.

Not sure how I went from bone broth to lady lumps but getting back on track now. 

So we all try to keep up with the demands of this crazy life we live in by jamming events into our planners and all secretly hoping half of them will be cancelled (you totally know you do).

On top of this fast paced life, we then decide that we want to get healthy, lose weight, and get fit. And if you are in fact working at making that happen on top of an already busy life, CONGRATULATIONS! I know first hand what it takes and most of all, above anything, it takes courage. So yay you! 

I know grabbing a carton of broth off of the store shelf is quick and easy, but it isn't healthy for you. In fact, it's not even real broth. Most store brands are filled with MSG, yeast additives, added salt, among other unhealthy ingredients. It's really just water with chicken or beef flavoring...with some chemicals thrown in. 

This bone broth could NOT be easier to make and it is truly amazing. Not only is it amazing for your health, it's amazing for your tastebuds (because OMG is it so yummy!).

The first time I made bone broth, the hubs was a little skeptical. He scrunched his face up and was seriously expecting the broth to taste weird. I made a homemade chicken noodle soup with my first batch of bone broth. Simple as you can get: I threw some cooked chicken, carrots, and noodles into my bone broth. I let nearly all of the flavoring come from the broth. It was AMAZING! I have never in my life had such a delicious broth. Well, I had never in my life tasted actual broth so that would explain it.

Now I should also mention that neither my hubs nor my little girls are soup people (I know, total weirdos). As I set the table, I was getting questioning looks from my entire clan. Let me tell you, one bite was all it took. I swear to you, they looked like animals by mid-dinner. They were slurping and smacking their lips. My husband had three giant bowls and my girls both had seconds... and they all lifted up their bowls and drank the broth. They drank it! NOT KIDDING. I sat there frozen in shock. 

Bone broth is like nothing you've ever had before.

A few generations ago, bone broth was the only broth. Everyone made their own from stock. But nowadays, we live in a industrial, commercial world. We've gotten away from home cooked meals and true nutrition. Bone broth doesn't have to be a huge pain in the ass. That's why I make mine in a crockpot. Our great grandmas had to keep stirring stock on the stove for two days. Ain't nobody got time for that.

I love my crockpot! I use it constantly. I'm sure most of you have a crockpot and some of you probably don't even use it. Start using it! It makes suppertime (and life) so much easier! And it's awesome to come home to your house smelling like dinner.

Now if I were to write about all the benefits of bone broth, we'd be here all day so I'm going to just list some instead. Yes, I said some. There's lots more than what I've listed. You really need to give this a try. Chuck that store-bought box of processed broth in the trash and make a true broth, one that is healing and nutritious for you and your family.

BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH

  • Helps relieve joint and muscle pain
  • Regenerates cartilage and joints
  • Repairs bones
  • Helps build muscle
  • Increases metabolism
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Fights off infections
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Prevents osteoarthritis
  • Aids in digestion
  • Helps cure chronic diarrhea and constipation
  • Detoxes the body of chemicals
  • Helps regenerate damaged liver cells
  • Heals Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves brain function
  • Improves memory
  • Increases mineral consumption
  • Helps with food intolerances
  • Strengthens hair and nails
  • Helps calm the mind
  • Saves you money

A Harvard study proved that bone broth can lessen symptoms in those who suffer from autoimmune disorders. One study of people with Rheumatoid Arthritis showed amazing results just by having these people drink bone broth.

In fact, 14% of the patients had a complete remission!

Let me repeat that...

A COMPLETE REMISSION!

No medicine on the planet can do that, but bone broth did! Isn't that mind boggling?!

So seriously, do you really need any more reasons to start making bone broth? It's a magic, healing potion you can make easily. You simply must try it! Get your crockpot out and give it a go!

Prepare for your house to smell insanely delicious!

CROCKPOT BONE BROTH RECIPE

(Printable Recipe)

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WHATCHU NEED:

  • 2 lbs Bones (beef, chicken, turkey, or a mix)
  • Water
  • 2-3 Celery Sticks, washed (you don't need to trim leafy ends)
  • 3-4 Carrots, washed (you don't need to peel or trim leafy ends)
  • 1/2 Onion (you don't need to remove skin)
  • 1-2 Bay Leaves
  • 1-2 Garlic Cloves (you don't need to peel)
  • 2-3 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar (Important!)
  • Salt, Pepper, and ANY other herbs and spices that are desired (I use Himalayan salt and peppercorns)
  • 6 Quart Crockpot, or larger.

*Note: Try to use bones from pasture-raised animals and grass-fed cattle. You can buy soup bones at any grocery store or butcher's market. Ask the butcher about the origin of the meat.

WHATCHU DO:

1. Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment, place bones on sheet, and roast for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

This prepares your bones to more easily release the marrow, which is the key to all the healing magic.

This step is not absolutely necessary and if you're really pressed for time, you can skip it. However, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND doing this so that you can get the absolute most nutrition out of your broth. I mean that's the whole point of making it, right? 

2. Lay roasted bones in the crockpot and then throw in all other ingredients except for the water and vinegar.

3. Now fill up the crockpot with water until it's covering all the ingredients by at least 2 inches.

4. Add in vinegar and stir.

The apple cider vinegar is vital to the bone broth for it drawls out the marrow from the bones.

5. Sprinkle with salt, pepper or any other herbs and spices you desire. 

You can throw whole peppercorns in there too, you'll be straining the broth when it's done. You'll find your own perfect way of making your broth after a few times. I like to keep mine simple because I love the flavor of the broth by itself, but everyone has their own preferences. I just sprinkle my broth with Himalayan pink salt and pepper.

6. Cook on low for 12-24 hours.

*I highly recommend 24 hours. It insures that your broth will be the most nourishing. 

7. Strain your broth with a strainer.

Eat the veggies! They are yummy!

8. Store in the fridge or freezer in sealed containers.

Glass containers are preferred. Mason jars work great!

You can freeze them too!.

*Bone broth in mason jars will keep for 6 months in the freezer.

*Bone broth will keep for up to 7 days in the fridge.

I get three mason jars of bone broth from each crockpot batch. I always use one fresh jar for a dinner that evening and then freeze the other two!

You can use your bone broth in soups, sauces, chilis, and stews. When I make brown rice, wild rice, or quinoa, I will replace the water called for with my bone broth. You can also braise meats and veggies with your broth. A lot of people will drink a cup of bone broth all by itself everyday for it's magnificent health benefits.

TIP:

Anytime you have leftover bones from dinner, don't throw them away! Put them in a freezer safe bag or container. And don't worry about cleaning them off, just toss them in the bag with the bits of meat and all! You can keep saving up your bones and adding them to your bag until you have enough to make another batch of bone broth!

Note:

Bone broth is much more oily than the boxed and canned fake broth that you buy in the stores.

This is a good thing, this is the good fat. It is brimming with magic elixir!

 Don't try to 'skim it off'.

That's all of the goodness and nutrition. We get so used to eating more bland or eating things with no oil because we're trying to be health conscious, but in the case of this healing broth, eat (or drink) it exactly as it is! It might be hard to believe it's healthy because it tastes so rich and flavorful, but it is! So just enjoy it and feel good about knowing that you've made something for yourself and your family that is truly a healing food. A healing food that is made up of that old world magic.

Go forth and make this healing broth elixir!

 

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