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Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere the past five years, you are bound to have already heard about the powerful gut-healing properties of bone broth.
If by chance, you may have missed it, I have written an entire article dedicated to sharing all the health benefits of drinking and consuming bone broth here.
Let me just summarize for you why you should be drinking bone broth on the regular.
Bone Broth Benefits:
It heals and seals the gut (a compromised gut-lining is the hallmark sign of auto-immune diseases, which are so common today)
It improves digestion
It provides important vitamins, minerals and amino acids to the body
It acts as a natural cold and flu remedy
It’s collagen content gives the hair, skin and nails a boost
It helps to stabilize blood sugar levels
It benefits arthritic pain
Its a very nourishing pregnancy drink and has been known for its ability to increase fertility
It’s a wonderful immune and digestive support for kids (and helps kids with digestive troubles regulate)
I have been drinking bone broth for years. I make it about once a week. It is so nourishing and so healing and so delicious in a mug to be sipped alone. It’s also great in my homemade family style chicken soup that the kids love.
The great thing about homemade bone broth is that it is SO incredibly simple and to make at home, especially in a Instant pot or Crockpot. So don’t waste your money buying the expensive brands at the grocery store (unless you really really don’t have one hour to do this simple method at home - in that case I recommend Kettle and Fire Brand and you can use my discount code HELPINGHANDS10 to receive a 10% discount at checkout)
So here is the deal on how to make your own bone broth, it is SO SIMPLE and affordable!
You will need a leftover chicken carcass (and as a bonus you can add either 1-2 beef marrow bones or 1-2 chicken feet bones)
So normally I make a whole chicken that I roast or cook in the Instant Pot for an easy weeknight dinner and then I save the bones of the chicken to make broth afterwards. I also save the butts of the carrots and celery and onions in a freezer bag and I just throw that in with the bones to give it some flavor.
Make sure to use bones only from organic animals, as toxic buildup can be present in the bones of unhealthy animals.
In an Instantpot, you can make broth in two hours (um, hello gorgeous!!). In a crockpot, it will take 24 hours.
Honestly, investing in an Instant pot was the best investment I ever made! I make dinner atleast 3 nights a week in it and you can’t beat dinner that’s ready in 15 minutes!
1 organic chicken carcass (chicken meat removed)
optional (add in 1-2 marrow bones or 1-2 chicken feet, chicken feet provide more gelatin)
2 tbsp apple cider vingegar
2 carrots, roughly chopped
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
2 tbsp chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
enough filtered water to cover the top of the bones and other ingredients
You can add whatever spices you’d like! I like to add turmeric and ginger sometimes to give it another nutritional boost but those are totally optional!
Place your bones in an Instant pot or slow cooker.
Place your onions, carrots, parsley and celery right on top of the bones.
Add the apple cider vinegar (this helps to extract nutrients)
Cover the bones and vegetables with enough filtered water to cover the top.
In an Instantpot, seal the top and set on high pressure for 120 minutes. When it finishes, you can self-release the pressure or allow the instant pot to release its pressure independently over the next several hours. When its finished, season it with salt and pepper.
In a slow cooker, cover and set it on low heat for 24 hours. Check the water level periodically and add more if needed. When its finished, season it with salt and pepper.
You can store your broth in a freezer bag in the freezer to use later in soups or you can enjoy it in a mug by itself.
-Made with love, Ashley
Here’s a picture in my Instagram bone broth highlight, which shows how I pretty much throw in whatever random ingredients I have laying around. Make it your own!