When I was a little girl, my mom always took the leftover turkey, chicken, deer, or beef bones and made soup. I just thought that’s what you did. I read about “calf’s foot jelly” that people would take to their sick neighbors. Years later when I read the book Nourishing Traditions, I realized this was a healthy healing practice that many cultures around the world do, it saves money, but it’s also healthful.
Adding vinegar to the water leaches the calcium and other minerals from the bones and into the soup. There are many many recipes for bone broth. The simplest? Fry an onion in some fat, I like bacon grease or olive oil, but any will do.
Add some garlic, whatever veggies you have in the fridge, a carrot, celery, whatever you have. put in the bones, a big splash of apple cider vinegar and spices you like, (salt for sure, but parsley, sage, turmeric, are also good. All or a few. Then fill the pot with water. Cook this in a crockpot for a day or two, or simmer on the stove. You can also put it all in an Instant Pot for 120 minutes on soup or stew.
Let it cool, strain it, eat the veggies or use them for pot pie or give them to your dog, reuse the bones, or if not poultry, give them to the dog too. The bones can be used over and over until they are soft. A good bone broth is solid when its cold, — the original gelatin. you can drink this as is, adjusting the salt and spices, or you can use it in all the recipes calling for liquid. It makes a fantastic soup base for veggie soup. — just add a can of pumpkin and some cinnamon and blend with hand held blender. — two cups of any cooked veggie works for this great soup.
So Days Three and Four, how am I doing?
Ok, actually, I haven’t given up coffee completely. Two cups of weak organic coffee with coconut milk. Starting Saturday, one cup and then NO cups.
Felt fine on Wednesday Day three, slept ok, felt fine on Thursday, just some back pain on Thursday not as bad as Tuesday. Feel no signs of detox madness, or kill all the things– what day 4 and 5 of a detox usually leads to. Just a passing fancy earlier today when people were annoying, but it passed quickly. I feel clear headed and able to get a lot done in a short period of time mentally. And I’m not as tired. I had energy to do things after work the last few days.
Food ok, a little boring last night with roast beef (some is on the salad in the photo) and cauliflower, Salad for lunch, and the berries and coconut yogurt that I turned into a smoothie for breakfast today. The lovely strawberry salad with the roast beef was lunch today.
What am I doing for food? Is the Evolve Paleo Challenge worth it? I think so. What are my goals? They probably will change over time, but better health, no pain, inflammation, or skin itching or any bloating are at the top of the list. And the side effect of that is weight loss and prettier skin.
- Bones, I use chicken, pork, beef, deer, whatever I have. You want the carcass of a bird, or a cup of other bones, or a good knuckle bone or two.
- fat for frying, I like bacon grease, but olive, coconut, ghee, or any good fat works. (what is good fat, glad you asked, we can talk about that later)
- one medium onion, chopped
- two or three cloves of garlic, chopped
- vegetables you like- a cup (for AIP don’t use nightshades)
- a big splash of apple cider vinegar
- parsley, sage, or any spice you like (for AIP don’t use seed spices)
- water to fill the pot — a couple of quarts to a gallon.
You can make this in crockpot, on stove, or in the Instant Pot. Heat fat until it sizzles, add onion and stir for a few minutes until its clear, add every thing else. Put a lid on the crock pot or stove pot and turn on low and let cook for a day or two, cool, strain, and jar it. It will keep a bout a week in the refrigerator, and longer in the freezer, label it and don’t forget to drink it. For instant pot, saute the onion and then add the rest of the ingredients, turn on soup or stew and cook for 120 minutes. you can release steam or let it release its own steam. That’s all there is to it.
I’ve had turmeric, orange beef, and beet broth this week. So good. Its my new snack go to. Pint jars make it perfect for work snacks. What is your favorite kind?