Making bone broths also known as stocks is so simple – a process of boiling bones with vegetables, herbs and spices and that’s it. I always thought it was such a chefy thing to do. However I got sold pretty quickly to the idea as it’s packed with incredible nutrients our every day diets don’t provide, they taste phenomenal and there are no chemical nasties hiding. It’s for this reason in the health and wellness world that bone broths are often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ and why advocates will ensure they have a cup of it daily to stay and look in tiptop shape!
There are two rules you need to abide by when making homemade broths: 1) use only organic vegetables and bones from organic pasture fed meat and 2) use clean filtered water – a simple water filter jug for $30 will do the trick.
- Leftovers of 2 chickens including necks, backs, breastbones and wings.
- 3-4 litres of water whatever is needed to just cover the bones
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 1 in large onion choppedquarters
- 2 carrots large chunks
- 2 celeries stalks and leaves, chopped roughly
- 1 garlic bulb halved across the cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- teaspoon of sea salt
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- Handful of flat leaf parsley stalks included
Place the bones in a large stock pot and pour the water over the bones until just covered.
Add the vinegar and allow the pot to stand for 60 minutes (this helps pull more minerals from the bones).
Roughly chop the vegetables and seasoning and add to the pot. Don’t add the herbs yet.
Now turn on the heat to high and bring the broth to a boil, skimming off any scum that forms on the surface of the liquid.
Then reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least 8 hours. However the longer, the better quality and flavour the stock will be. 24 hours is maximum for a chicken broth.
About 10 minutes before the broth is ready add the fresh herbs.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly and strain through a sieve.
Pour into glass jars and bottles before storing. Will keep in the fridge for 4 days and freezes well.
Money saving tip (and short cut):
Save all your leftover organic vegetable scraps in the freezer until you have a nice full bag and use the bones from your leftover roasts. Not only will your broth cost next to nothing to make, it saves on the chopping up! In fact there’s no washing up as everything goes straight into the pot.
Allergy Information: Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free.