Updated: Jan 10
The perfect Keto snack or base to many other great dishes.
Bone broth is known for its healing properties and it's anti- inflammatory properties.
This is a stable in our household, incredibly versatile, and used a base for many other recipes including soups, stews and savour mince.
This recipe can be change slightly, depending on what veggies / herbs you have available.
My preferred herbs are thyme and oregano, as both these have a high oil content and are known for their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties (great for colds).
I love cooking this broth in the slower cooker, set it and forget it, the broth slowly simmers away while you get on with more important things in life, when you come home you are greeted with a delicious aroma.
The slowly cooking increases the health benefits, as the herbs and spices slowly breakdown releases their beautiful essential oils, it is important to ensure the lid is used to ensure that these aren't lost with the stream.
10 Health Benefits of Bone Broth
1. Alleviates common colds and bronchitis
2. Boosts immunity
3. Reduces inflammation
4. Balances electrolytes
5. Strengths bones - good source of calcium
6. Improves Gut health - strengthening the gut mucus layer and reduces inflammation
7. Builds muscles
8. Improves skin
9. Improves mood and cognitive
10. High in essential amino acids incl cystine, histidine, glycine and L-glutamine
1 x Chicken frame - I love Bostock chickens are they are free-range, organically grown, and antibiotic free.
2 x Onion - chopped
2 x Carrot, unpeeled and chopped
2 x stick of Celery or use the leaves and celery heart
1 x head of Garlic - cut head across in half
1 x rizones of Turmeric- sliced
Fresh ginger - few slices
1 x Tbs - Peppercorns
1 x Tbs - Coriander Seeds
A few cardamom pods (optional)
1 Tsp Celery seeds (optional)
Large handfuls including stalks of fresh herbs such as thyme, oregano and bay leaves
2 x Tbs of Apple cider vinegar - this helps extracts the minerals from the bones
Other options you can add is handful of cubes of sweet potatoes or pumpkin, this makes the broth slightly sweeter and more golden in colour. For an Asian style add lemongrass and kaffa lime leaves
Place the herbs in bottom of crock pot, then place the chicken frame on top, followed by all other ingredients, fill the crockpot with water and cover, cook for 18 - 24 hours.
The broth will reduce little, You may find a layer of fat forms on the top, essential vitamins and minerals are attracted to fat.
How to Strain and Store Broth:
Once cooked, strain through a fine mesh sieve, extracting as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids. Cool strained stock to room temperature then cover and refrigerate.
The following day, it may thicken, continue to store in the fridge for 3-5 days or transfer to freezer safe containers and freeze up to 3 months.