Bone broth is becoming very popular with good reason! First, it is very healthy and high in nutrition. Second, it tastes good! Third, health diets such as the GAPS diet, encourage consuming bone broth as support for the digestive system.
I even like to pack some bone broth to drink as a safe snack when I’m at someone else’s house! Pop the broth in the cooler and heat it at your destination! Let’s get all the “brothy details” here.
Difference Between Broth & Bone Broth
First, let’s begin with broth vs bone broth. What is the difference? It super simple, actually. Read on, and all will be explained!
What is broth?
First, I want to explain broth. Traditionally broth is the juice made by boiling together meat, bone, and water. Vegetables or spices may be added for additional flavor. Typically I make this as a preparatory stage for making bone broth because nothing goes to waste. The broth is more flavorful than bone broth, so it’s delicious to add to soups or stews.
What is bone broth?
Second, I will explain bone broth. Bone broth is made by boiling together animal bones (usually chicken bones or beef bones) and water. This type of broth does not include the meat in the boiling process, besides any small amount that might stick to the bone. Most recipes add in healthy vegetables, or mild seasonings to improve taste. The bone broth tastes slightly different from regular broth, but still tastes great! Finally, the point of bone broth is nutrition. Bone broth has a high nutritional value, and is very healthy for you.
What is the difference between broth and stock?
Broth vs stock. Actually, it’s pretty simple. The stock is simply broth or bone broth which has been cooked for a longer period of time. Therefore, boiling broth into stock makes the end result a thicker consistency. The stock is useful because it takes up less room than broth or bone broth if you are storing it. It has most of the water boiled out of it, so is high in nutrition. The stock is wonderful to add to cooking for flavor.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of broth, stock, or bone broth are all numerous! High in vitamins and minerals, and easy for your body to digest. For my son, the broth was a very simple first food! He loved it, and I loved that he was drinking something so healthy for his little body. As a health conscious mom, I always feed my kids broth when they are having a bit of tummy discomfort. The broth is so soothing for them and doesn’t add additional stress the way sugary drinks like juice would.
How To Make Chicken Broth Recipe
To make chicken broth is super simple. As always, my recipes don’t use a lot of measuring. I cook more like your grandmother probably did, with a pinch of this and a dab of that. However, don’t worry, because this is EASY.
- One whole organic chicken
- Salt & Pepper
- 3 Celery stalks
- 4 carrots
- 1 whole onion
First, you will clean the chicken as usual. It’s up to you whether you want to add in the giblets and such to your broth. However, if you choose to do so, you will gain nutritional value.
Next, place the whole chicken into a LARGE saucepan. Fill with water until the top of the chicken is just sticking out.
Last, add your celery stalks, carrots, and onion. Salt and pepper to taste. And that’s it!
I suggest cooking on medium heat, adjust heat as needed. I cook this uncovered, so the steam escapes. This results in a richer and more flavorful broth. Once cooked, strain and store. I like to use a fine mesh strainer to get a nice clear broth. Alternately, make some soup with all your nicely cooked ingredients! Eat it right away while it’s still hot and yummy. MMMMmmm!
How long to cook for chicken broth?
You will want this to cook on a medium/high simmer until the chicken is completely cooked through. This will take about 1-2 hours. A longer boiling time will result in a richer broth, and if you desire to make stock, just keep boiling until it is the consistency you want.
How To Make Chicken Bone Broth Recipe
Next, let me teach you how to make chicken bone broth. You will need the following.
- Chicken bones or whole chicken carcass with meat picked off
- 3-4 stalks celery
- 1-2 whole onions
- 4 carrots
- Salt & Pepper to taste.
Simply fill your large saucepan with water and the ingredients above. You may want to break open some of the bones to let extra juices come into your broth, but this step is optional. Just be sure to NOT make any bone parts too small that they won’t easily strain out of your broth!
Once cooked, strain and store. I like to use a fine mesh strainer to get a nice clear broth. Alternately, drink it right away while it’s still warm and yummy. MMMMmmm!
How long to cook for chicken bone broth?
You will want to cook at a medium to medium/low simmer for 2-3 hours. A friend of mine has good success with using a crockpot instead of a saucepan, and she lets it all simmer 5-6 hours on medium/low setting.
How To Make Bone Broth In Batches
The last thing, I would like to share with you a handy broth making tip. I discovered this a few years ago, and still use it. A few years ago, I did the GAPS diet, which relies heavily on broths and soups. I was making bone broth constantly because I used it quickly. This was very helpful for my body and digestive system. However, it was time-consuming. After awhile, I began saving the bones in the freezer until I was ready to make a large batch. Viola! Simple and fast, I could now make my delicious and healthy bone broth in large batches. Now you can do the same thing. After cooking up a large batch, I simply freeze my broth into 1-2 cup portion sizes until I need it.
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