I’ve written about bone broth a bunch of times – once when talking about stretch marks, another when I talked about getting calcium from non-dairy sources, and probably countless other times – but I’ve never posted a recipe for it. I figured why bother when there are so many great recipes already circulating, like this beef and garlic broth recipe and this one that uses a whole chicken.
But people keep asking me for a bone broth recipe anyway so this morning when I was throwing the usual suspects into the pot, I thought, “Whoa there Nellie. Go get the camera and get this up on the blog!”
So, here is the insanely simple broth that I make one or two times per week to save me from the blight of modern women. Bone broth contains the building blocks of connective tissue which needs to be strong if we are to prevent stretch marks, wrinkles, cellulite, dull hair, bad knees, back pain…
Bone Broth is amazing!
Really, it does all that stuff. It’s a shame that Americans have taken to throwing out the bones (and collagen rich skin) and dully feasting on the dry ol’ chicken breast. Maybe, just maybe that’s why cellulite, wrinkles, and stretch marks plague the majority of American women these days. Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but the lack of collagen in the diet certainly plays a role.
If you’d like to read more about what the proline and the glycine and the gelatin all do for our bodies check out some articles the Weston Price Foundation has posted about bone broth.
Simple recipe for chicken bone broth:
1 or 2 lbs of chicken thighs
3 or 4 chicken feet
Couple chicken necks
Handful of chicken livers
Kelp powder (this is how I get my iodine)
Tbsp sea salt
Tbsp vinegar (Important! The acid pulls the minerals from the bones)
Herbs of your liking
You can (and should) add collards, spinach, or chard for more minerals. I like to add about 5 carrots but you can add pretty much any veggie you’ve got on hand to a soup (except onions – ick). Cover the crock pot with water and cook on low for the day.
I buy free range chicken from my local health food store or farmers market but for the chicken parts such as gizzards, chicken feet, chicken backs and necks, and livers I stock up at US Wellness. Whole Foods doesn’t sell free range chicken to my knowledge, just organic chicken. Whatever good that is, I don’t know – no pesticides but still no sunshine, no worms, no grass, but lots of vegetarian feed! Oh right, that’s not what chickens are supposed to eat…
Enjoy your new look with chicken broth! Here’s to your health!