Bone Broth – The Ultimate Frugal Health Food

Bone broth

Recently I’ve started making bone broth continuously in my slow cooker, which means it’s always on hand whenever I want to drink some or add it to my food. With the cold mornings we’ve been having here, it’s been lovely to have a bowl of broth for breakfast with one or two eggs dropped in it, or just a mug when I’m feeling cold.

Bone broth isn’t just delicious – it’s also very good for you. It’s a great source of amino acids, minerals, gelatin and collagen, which can be beneficial if you suffer from leaky gut, colds and flu or joint pain, and also¬†promote healthy bone, skin, hair and nail growth.

And best of all, bone broth is a nutrient-dense food that doesn’t cost the earth. You can make it for next to nothing from leftover bones and veggie scraps (maybe adding in the odd onion or celery stick).

I’m still working on perfecting my recipe, but I will hopefully share it with you next week.

Do you eat bone broth? What is your favourite type?

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Comments

  1. Well, I’ve been making bone broth recently for my cat Smoky because we’re concerned that he might be losing protein through his gut, and it’s supposed to be very healing. Unfortunately, he doesn’t want to drink any. The other cats, however, think it’s DELICIOUS! So, for the time being he’s getting his bone broth through a dropper. The recipe for kitty broth is pretty simple. Just put some bone-in chicken in a pot, cover with water and simmer for about 3 hours.

    As for me, I save chicken bones and veggie scraps in my freezer and whenever the container gets full, I make broth. I actually need to do some today as the freezer is overflowing with scraps – it’s hard to want to eat broth in the hot summer months! But we have a cool day today (in the 70′s!) so perhaps I’ll take the opportunity to make some.

    • The things you do for your cats, they are obviously very loved :) My recipe is similar, just bones and either scraps or whole onions, carrots and celery. I cook it for a lot longer though, and make multiple batches from the same lot of bones, which means I have enough to be able to eat it most days. I’m waiting to see how long I can cook them for before they disintegrate – so far it’s been four days.

  2. I’m sure it’s great for you – but drinking it straight makes my skin crawl! You’ve come a long way from being a vegetarian, that’s for sure!! (I’m not sure why I’m so weirded out, it’s just stock made naturally!)

    • I know, it’s crazy how far I’ve come :) Although it does kind of fit into my philosophy on meat, which is that if an animal has died, nothing should go to waste (kind of why I eat offal as well). Also, reading about the benefits of bone broth was one of the things that made me decide to stop being vegetarian.

  3. I love the idea of using bones plus veggie leftovers for a “comfort food” like cup-a-soup in winter. Another great use for the slow-cooker…will definitely give it a go. (not sure I could add the eggs in though…maybe on the side!)

    • It is a really great use for the slow cooker. I’ve made it on the stove before and overcooked it so that it tasted burnt. The slow cooker solves that problem. The eggs just make it into an egg-drop soup, which is actually quite nice.

  4. Have you ever made the ultimate bone broth–ramen?

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