Every now and again there is a need to reset my metabolism. I started this year feeling out of sync and completely bloated. I did a bit of research on hormonal balancing and discovered seed cycling. Whilst doing that I needed a fast and effective way to get my bloating under control. This bone broth did the trick.
Instead of starving yourself and punishing yourself, the better alternative is to nurture and care for yourself. There is so much hype around collagen these days and I have not bypassed the craze myself, but I do feel passionate about trying the get my nutrients, supplements and all things health benefit wise from my food. Drinking bone broth is an ancient practice dating as far back as 2 500 years ago. The Chinese used it in medicine which is a staple even today in their diets along with Korean and Japanese diets. It is known by different names all around the world. The French call it bouillon, the Spanish call it caldo and the Italians call it brodo and in the Carribean they enjoy a bowl of cow foot soup as a way to start their day. The ancient Greek father of medicine, Hippocrates, recommended it for cleansing and digestive issues. When Maimonides, a Sephardic Jewish physician and philosopher prescribed it to his patients they referred to it as Jewish Penicilin. So there is a wealth of healthful and trusted people, who have gone before us, who recommended bone broth. I hope you find the benefits they sing about in our ancient pages of history for your health too.
No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other meansMaimonides
Please note I am not a healthcare practitioner, if in doubt as to what you should eat then consult a registered healthcare practitioner. I tend to use common sense when deciding on my health and what I eat. I do not take any medication nor do I have any pre existing health issues that exclude anything from my diet. If anything I eat makes me feel uncomfortable, I cut it out or limit it for a while.
Chicken Bone Broth / Stock
- 2 chicken carcasses
- 30 ml apple cider vinegar
- 4 L water
- 1 L homemade chicken broth / Stock see above freeze the rest or use over the 24-48hr detox
- 1 red peperino sliced
- 1 green chilli finely sliced
- 2 spring onions finely sliced
- 1 stalk celery finely sliced
- 8 basil leaves torn
- 2 sprigs rosemary chopped
- 2 cm fresh ginger finely sliced
- 2 Tbls Liquid aminos I use Bragg
- 1 Tbls Organic Tamari
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- 1 wedge of lemon
- Add the chicken carcasses to a big pot, add the apple cider vinegar and 4L of water. The vinegar helps extract the nutirents out of the bones and into the broth. Place on a low heat and cook for 12 – 24hours. You can add more water if necessary, this will depend on how diluted you want the stock to be. I find 2L per carcass is the right balance of flavour. Top up as you go. It's important to cook low and slow because high temperatures will destory some of the minerals. Apparently the best results for bone broth are chicken feet. I use what chicken bones I have at the time. I try to freeze bones whenever I can. See here for my deboned chicken. But don't get distracted from making the bone broth now…
- Gather your ingredients, I was looking for flavour and texture. You can use almost any vegetable. My choice was ginger, chilli, spring onion, celery
- Chop all the ingredients to your desired fineness. I like them to be small so that they fit on a soup spoon comfortably without dangling over the side. It's annoying when you get smacked in the face with a too long spring onion.
- Ladle 1L of stock into a sauce pan and add all the chopped vegetables. Simmer gently for 5 minutes to heat and poach the vegetables. They shoud still be a little crunchy but not raw. This will depend on how finely you chopped them.
- I try not to add salt to my broth. I add flavour using these 3 ingriedents. Add the tamari, liquid aminos and fish sauce for flavour.
- ladle into a bowl and enjoy
- Eat this for 1-2 days and you will feel back to your old self in that time.
You can play around with this broth by using my Prawn Stock too. Hope you have fun!