Bone Broth can be incorporated into the diet to meet a myriad of nutritional needs serving as everything from a delicious sipping broth to a beautiful base for more hearty soups and stews. This nutritional powerhouse liquid is chock-full of magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium and supports the body to refresh and restore itself. You can use it as a tonic to enhance your immunity and skin! If you are a non-meat eater then just remove the chicken bones and you’ll still receive most of the benefit of the broth.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 to 24 hours
Makes at least 8 Quarts
Gather approximately 1 gallon of vegetable peelings (this can include: onion skins, leeks, insides of squashes with seeds, bottom stems of herbs, garlic peelings, stems of washed mushrooms, any sad vegetables from refrigerator, etc!)
2 Sweet Potatoes or 1 Small Squash
1 Bulb Garlic Halved
1/2 Bunch Flat-leaf Parsley (fresh or frozen)
1 8-inch Strip of Kombu
12 Black Peppercorns
½ cup Dried Shiitake Mushrooms (optional)
2 Pieces of Astragalus Root
Couple of Sprigs of Thyme
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother*
2 Bay Leaves
8 Quarts Cold, Filtered Water
1-4 pounds Chicken Bones and (clean) Feet
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
Rinse all of the vegetables (including the kombu) well.
In a 12-quart or larger stock pot, combine all ingredients.
Fill the pot with the water to 2 inches below the rim, cover, and bring to a simmer
Remove the lid, decrease the heat to low, and simmer, uncovered, for at least 2 hours (if you can go as long as 12 and even 24 hours that’s even better!)
As the broth simmers, some of the water will evaporate; add more if the vegetables begin to peek out. Simmer until the full richness of the vegetables can be tasted.
Strain the broth through a large, coarse-mesh sieve (remember to use a heat-resistant container underneath)
Add salt to taste.
Let your broth cool to room temperature before refrigerating or freezing.
Recipe created by Wild Roots Apothecary with inspiration from Rebecca Katz.
*What is the “Mother” in Apple Cider Vinegar? Here’s a fairly common product you can find in most stores. Read more here: Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar