The buzz around bone broth
Bone broth: if you haven’t encountered it already, chances are, you will – and soon. A firm favourite in Paleo circles, bone broth has made it into the mainstream – largely thanks to health and wellness darlings the Hemsley sisters.
But is bone broth just another fussy fad? Or is it actually worth adding to your culinary repertoire? Let’s delve a little deeper…
Everything you need to make bone broth
Not nearly as scary as it sounds, bone broth is the nutritious result of simmering meat bones to extract all the goodness from them.
Any bones will do - chicken, lamb, pork, beef or fish but joint, leg and shank bones work best. Throw carrots, onions, celery and herbs into the mixing pot for added flavour. It’s pretty similar to stock, though bones are left to simmer for longer.
Health benefits revealed
Bone broth isn’t actually a new addition to the dinner table - it’s one of the world’s oldest healing foods. A long history of medicinal uses, its origins can be traced as far back as prehistoric times.
The health benefits of bone broth definitely aren’t to be sniffed at. Left to simmer for as long as 24 hours, bones are slowly broken down, releasing easily digestible protein, amino acids, minerals and collagen. Nutrients which are often lacking in heavily processed modern diets.
So what does this mean for your body? Where do we start?! Bone broth can work wonders for your gut. It helps cure diarrhoea, relieve constipation and calm certain food intolerances. It doesn’t stop there.
With its super anti-inflammatory properties bone broth is also credited to maintaining bone and joint health. As well as keeping skin healthy and youthful; improving sleep and memory and supporting the immune system.
Homemade broth is best
Bone broth is a dish best created in your own kitchen. Supermarket broth contains tonnes of added salt – defeating the object of your nutrition-packed beverage.
Making your own is incredibly cheap and easy too. Use leftover bones from your Sunday roast. Just strip all the meat and chuck them in a pan. If you don’t usually buy meat on the bone, head to your local butcher– you’ll be able to pick up bones for pennies.
To cook: add water, carrots, celery, onions and herbs to a soup maker or slow cooker; boil then leave to simmer for at least 8 hours. Once cooked, skim off the fat and reheat when you’re ready to drink.
Fitting bone broth into your day
Make no bones about it, there’s never a bad time for this nourishing broth. In place of your morning coffee; sipped out of a flask in the office or the most nutritious night cap ever. This healthy hot drink is brilliant morning, noon or night.
Want to try it for yourself? Here's an easy peasy recipe.