I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Currently we are experimenting, getting our line of paleo foods ready for the farmers market season. When I am in the kitchen, I love listening to "latest in paleo" by Angelo Coppola. If you haven't listened to his podcast yet, click here. For those that have, you will know he is a huge fan of a good bone broth. Our house too has jumped on the bone broth band wagon. It's so great to have on hand in the kitchen. Why eat bone broth?
-It's delicious and will become your base of soups, stews, chilis or even curries. This stuff is even great to sip on. Seriously, throw out that garbage you call broth you buy from the store, it's defintely not paleo!
-Its full of colagen, glucosamine and gelatin, minerals which are hard to find in our main diet. Why should you eat gelatin? Minerals such as collagen or gelatin help fix digestive problems, for example, leaky gut. Collagen also helps in the aid of hair and nails.
-Because the caveman ate the entire aninmal, so should you!
-It's cheap- ding ding! There's a word I don't get to use to often when bloggin on the paleo subject. As mentioned before, offal is not highly sought (yet, give it some time, you too will jump on the band wagon), so grass fed bones are going to be far cheaper, tastier and healthier than any organic, wolfgang whomever brand on the market.
Tips on your home bone broth
Paleo Grass Fed Beef Broth Recipe
1 bag of grass fed beef bones (around 2kg)
2 lbs of carrots
1 head of celery
1 large yellow onion
6 heads of garlic (whole)
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- Chop you carrots, celery and onion.
- Take all of your ingredients and add to your crockpot.
- Fill with water, ensuring your bones are covered with water.
- Set your slow cooker to 12 hours on low.
- After 12 hours you should have a caramilk like colour and lots of gelatin! (If no gelatin, try cooking for an additional 4 hours.)
- Using a strainer, transfer into a bowl sepertaing the bones, veggies and herbs from the broth. (some keep the veggies and eat them or puree into soups.)
- Cool soup in a large ice bath.
Using a crock pot/slow cooker makes this recipe totally fool proof! You can use a stove, but this will require you to be home all day. I have also read that paleo blogger, Michelle Tam of "Nom Nom" is a big fan of the pressure cooker when making a bone broth. I have yet to try this method. I do know that I just love coming home to that sweet aroma!
Check out some helpful sites if you still need convincing: