I remember my first experience with bone broth. My sister was visiting and staying at my parent’s house. She pulled a big mason jar out of the fridge, poured some into a mug and drank it. I don’t even think she warmed it up. My mom and I looked at each other like she was crazy.. I thought her “healthy lifestyle” was really getting nutty now. I also thought it was pretty disgusting to drink something made from bones. Little did I know.. I probably needed the bone broth more than her.
Fast forward a year or two when my health hit rock bottom. After months of researching why I could not function anymore, I finally got a diagnosis.. or several from my doctor. Some of which included digestive and autoimmune diseases such as Leaky Gut Syndrome and Celiac Disease. Unfortunately, my poor tummy was being destroyed little by little. More specifically, the villi in my gut were being destroyed every time I ate.
I immediately cleaned out my home and the entire kitchen of anything that had gluten or anything that I wasn’t sure about. That day, I started a gluten free diet and I have never looked back. I’ve never knowingly taken another bite of gluten since. That was a year and a half ago. It was really hard at first because my digestive tract was in pretty bad shape so I started investigating ways to heal the gut. Low and behold, one of the things I came across over and over again.. Yup, you guessed it. Bone Broth. Funny how things can change so quickly.
My favorite recipe is for chicken bone broth but you can also use beef bones (cook up to 48 hours), fish bones (8 hours) or whatever you have on hand. Since I make a whole chicken at least once a week, we always have chicken bones on hand. After dinner, we put all the bones into a freezer bag and stick them in the fridge. If I happen to make chicken thighs or something else during the week, I stick those bones in there too until we acquire enough to make a batch of this amazing healing bone broth.
For gut healing purposes, you would ideally want to drink a mug of this every morning. You may even consider replacing your morning coffee with it. (Who am I kidding?) But seriously, I warm up a mug in the morning, put a little teaspoon of coconut oil in it and sip away. It also makes a great base for chicken soup, especially when someone in the family is sick. The benefits of bone broth far outweigh the chicken stock you find at the grocery store.
I hope that you enjoy this recipe and that it aids you in your healing journey.
- Filtered Water
- Whole organic chicken carcass
- 1-2 T unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- Sea salt
- The amount of water needed will vary depending on the size of your crock pot. First, add your bones (frozen or not) to the pot. For a small crock pot 3-4 quarts, the carcass of one whole chicken is enough. If your crock pot is bigger, add more bones.
- Next, pour your filtered water over the bones, leaving one inch of room at the top of the pot. Add 1-2 tablespoons of unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Doing this aids in pulling nutrients out into your broth. Turn the heat on low and let simmer for 12-24 hours. The longer you let this go, the more nutrients and flavor will be pulled from the bones.
- After the cooking time is up, turn the heat off and let cool for about an hour. Next, you will need a large bowl, a mesh strainer and something to pour. I generally use a 1 cup glass measuring cup to do the pouring. I also line the mesh strainer with a cheesecloth or nut bag to get the cleanest broth.
- After straining, salt to taste. Pour your broth into a glass container or large mason jars, leaving one inch of room at the top if you plan to freeze them. DO NOT put these directly in the freezer. First, let them cool in the fridge for a few hours. Then you can safely transfer glass to the freezer without it exploding or cracking.