STEP 1. Pick a meat type and buy fresh bones
Lamb has the best taste, cow has more bone marrow. I do not prefer poultry or pork, but these will do too.
It is better be organic and this is very important “free range” animals especially for poultry in both ethical and health terms.
Pros: Very easy to find, cheap
Cons: It is the bones of an animal. It doesn’t look like cutted meat. It is the bone and you have to see it.
STEP 2. Boil them in very low heat for 8-12 hrs
Put lots of water in the pot and put 2-5 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in it to get the best result. Put the bones and open up the heater. Boil it first with moderate heat and take the brownish foam out. We do not eat that. Then put the heater to the minimum, cover the pot and wait for 8-12 hrs. Check 2-3 times about the water level. Usually you do not have to add water in it. If you have to, add previously heated/boiled water.
Yes, it takes so long. Do not forget: The heat should be at the minimum. This is not a meal so cooking it with high heat in short time will not get you what you want. So simply, wait 🙂
STEP 3. Use it immediately or cool it down and put it in the fridge
Using it immediately is nice but you will eat all the fat in it too. However, if you cool it and wait it in the freezer like 4-5 hrs, the fat will freeze on the top.
It will look like this:
See the bones and the white fat on them. Tap on the fat with a spoon and it will crack. Take the fat out and you will see the bone broth jelly inside.
It should look like this:
I usually do not use the fat. No need to gain more weight. The jelly is fatless and full of aminoacids.
When you take the fat out, heat the pot again and take the bones out. You can also take the bone marrows and put them into the jelly or you can eat them directly. Very very healthy and necessary if you have Leaky Gut Syndrome like me.
Now you have your Bone Broth and you can put precooked or steamed peas, chickpeas, beans, veggies, meat, onions, garlic in it to make a nice soup or you can drink it directly when it is warm.
Do not add additional water. That will lower the taste.
Tip: I steam the veggies and other stuff before putting into the broth because broth is already cooked. No need to overcook it and kill the health in it.
My lazy soup recipe with bone broth
1. Frozen presteamed veggies (broccoli, lettuce, baby carrots etc),
2. Precooked frozen meat products or meatballs (no salami, no sausages, no smoked meat)
3. Other ingredients like precooked beans, chickpeas or peas (No wheat or wheat products, no corn and no starch should be added if you have Leaky Gut Syndrome.)
4. Onions (very small cut, you can use frozen too)
5. Garlic (large cut and freshly cut)
6. For extra taste: turmeric, rosemary etc. (No hot pepper or no extra sauce if you have Leaky Gut Syndrome) Turmeric is extra good for Leaky Gut.
7. Bone broth from 1kg of bones (home cooked, fat removed)
This is how my soup looks like:
Add them all to your bone broth, cook for 10 minutes with low heat to mix the tastes together and your soup is ready to go.
No extra salt needed as it is too tasty and fresh, Good for health. Buon apetite 🙂