So it turns out that our grandmothers were onto something. Broth, especially organic bone broth has healing power. Those of you who know me, know that we have been sick, sick, sick in this house this week and that almost never happens.
Remember the roasted chicken recipe I shared last week? That couldn’t have been better timing, because after we demolish the chicken, I always make a batch of bone broth and freeze it. This time, I didn’t even freeze it, I immediately turned it into some amazing healing chicken soup, and we have been enjoying it’s healing benefits while we are on the mend.
What benefits, you might ask??? Well, I’m glad you asked! There are SO many! Bone broth is super high in the amino acids proline and glycine which are essential for healthy connective tissues in your ligaments and joints and around your internal organs. It helps digestion and can even help healthy hair growth. It has high calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus content essential for good health.
First, I’ll teach you how I make my bone broth. It’s super simple, but it takes time to make it right. The great news is it takes very little attention once it’s started. Be patient.
Leftover bones from roasted chicken
Apple Cider Vinegar
The MOST important part of this is that your chicken MUST BE ORGANIC. You really don’t want to make bone broth from conventional chickens because all of the toxins and antibiotics that they have ingested will be condensed in your broth. No health benefits there
Ok, once you’ve eaten the meat from the chicken, leave everything that remains (even the veggies if there are any left and the rosemary) in the pot. Break as many of the bones as you can. This will allow the minerals from the bone marrow to release into your broth. Add 6-8 cups of water (or as much as you want-you will lose some of this liquid due to evaporation during the long cooking time) of clean, filtered water to the pot. I add a teaspoon of sea salt, about a teaspoon of dried oregano, and a teaspoon of minced garlic from a jar. I slice one onion and salute it to give it a richer flavor before adding the onion to the pot. Oregano, garlic and onion have amazing healing properties. The MOST important thing to add is two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. The vinegar will help pull the minerals from the bones during cooking. Yes, this sounds yucky, but that’s where the good stuff is….and it IS yummy.
Bring the pot to boil and then cover and simmer on low for 12-24 hours. Yep, THAT long. Check periodically to check liquid levels. You shouldn’t lose too much liquid.
Once the broth is done, I put it in the refrigerator until any fat solidifies on the top. I skim that off. Once the fat is gone, use a slotted spoon to pull out the biggest scraps and discard them.
Pour the remaining broth through a strainer and then put back in the pot and begin making the soup.
Homemade Healing Soup:
You can add anything you really like to this soup. My kids like simple chicken soup, so that’s what I made.
1 Onion diced and sautéed
Sea salt-to taste
Carrots- peeled and sliced into thin rounds
2 cooked chicken breasts-diced
Add all the ingredients together in you pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for one hour. Some other things you can add to your soup: a jar of diced tomatoes, diced potato, lentils, barley…anything really. I didn’t add those because they all increase inflammation and my goal is healing, so I skipped them.
I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we do! Happy healing ❤