- 2 lbs beef bones (or 1 chicken carcass)
- 3 carrots
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 large onion
- 1 piece fresh ginger cut into pieces
- 1 piece turmeric cut into pieces
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- Spices to preference – salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaf, cilantro, parsley
Find a couple of pounds of grass fed organic beef bones (or you can buy an organic roasted chicken from Whole Foods have it for dinner tonight and then use the carcass for chicken bone broth!).
Then you?ll need some veggies – I use carrots, celery, onion, garlic, ginger and TUMERIC (for its anti-inflammatory benefits) – cut all into big chunks.
And seasoning – herbs like thyme & parsley (cilantro if you like cilantro – my wife hates it) and salt & pepper (the pepper is important because the active ingredient in ground pepper makes the turmeric more bio-available to your body – it helps your body absorb the curcumin easily).
OK, the cooking part?
Put the bones, veggies and seasoning into the crockpot, add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and then fill it with water. Turn it on low and leave it. If you?re using a traditional stove, then I would heat it to boiling first and then turn it down to a low simmer and leave it.Some people like to roast their beef bones before they toss it into the slow cooker – that?s up to you.
Every few hours you may need to skim the top to get rid of the ?scum? and excess fat that floats. Throw that out or feed it to your dogs – my dogs love it.
In 24 hours you?ll have this rich, flavourful and nutritious broth that will last you a week or more.
When it?s done, I like to strain it, take out all the bones and veggies (throw them out or give it to the dogs) and then put the whole pot – with the strained broth – in the fridge.
The broth will then coagulate (harden) and the fat will solidify and form a yellow film on top. Skim that part off (the fat) and throw it out. Under the fat you?ll find this gelatinous fluid? that?s the good stuff. It?s all the glycine and health promoting goodness that broth gives you.
Transfer the broth into resealable bags or containers. Leave out only what you?ll need for the next 2 days and put the rest in the freezer.