Since your reading a blog, on a Grass Fed Beef website, chances are you have at least heard of bone broth. Maybe you have tried it or maybe even made your own bone broth on the stove or in the slow cooker. If you have, you understand that it can be a multi day process.
Can I just buy broth from the grocery store?
The broth (often labelled “stock”) from the grocery store relies on high temperature, fast-cooking techniques, which result in a watered down, non-gelling liquid, so you’re missing out on most of the benefits of a gelatin-rich broth. In addition, unnatural additives (like MSG) and flavors are often added. Also most of the bones used to make these Stocks are from animals raised in factor like confinement operations. Many of These animals ( and therefore their bones ) are unhealthy, have higher levels of inflammation, and are of ten fed antibiotics and given hormones to promote growth. The animals have to be healthy to impart the maximum health benefit to you, and factory-farmed animals are the furthest thing from healthyIf you just need a small amount for a recipe, store-bought stuff will do, but if you’re interested in the healing properties of bone broth, you have to make it yourself.
Bone broth is a source of minerals, like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, in forms that your body can easily absorb. It’s also rich in glycine and proline, amino acids not found in significant amounts in muscle meat (the vast majority of the meat we consume). It also contains chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the compounds sold as supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain. When made from “soup bones” bone broth is a great source of collagen, a protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals, which is abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.
Grass fed Beef Bone Broth Uses
Broth is extremely versatile and many chefs use it as a base for soups, gravies, sauces and more. Here are some great ways to use broth:
This recipe makes 10 cups of broth.