1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Place beef bones on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 1 hour. This roasting step is optional. For poultry, use the carcasses from roasted whole birds and/or necks, backs and feet from pastured poultry. Fish bones can also be used.
3. Place bones, water to almost fill crockpot, 1/4 cup raw apple cider
vinegar and a handful of Dulse in crockpot.
4. Set crock pot to high and bring to a boil (this could took approximately 4 hours).
5. Lower crock pot to low and cook for 24 hours. (12 hours for poultry bones)
6. With about 4 hours of cooking time left, add 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped carrots and 3 chopped stalks of celery.
7. During the last hour or so you can also add a bunch of organic parsley if you have it.
8. When done, use a slotted spoon to remove the bones and vegetables as best you can then strain the broth through a mesh strainer or cheese cloth into a glass dish or mason jars.
9. Let cool on the counter before topping off with the lid and transferring to the
refrigerator (or freezer, if you don't plan to use/drink within a week).
10. When ready to use, skim the fat off the top. (This fat can be used to cook with or warmed back into the broth).
11. Heat a cup at a time, slowly until warm and enjoy.
The broth can also be used to make soups, stews, chili, gravies and grains.
Anyone who has read Gut and Psychology Syndrome knows the many benefits of bone broth and how it can improve digestion, allergies, immune health, brain health, joint health and much more.
What isn’t as well known is that broth can help reduce cellulite by improving connective tissue, repair joints, increase hair growth/strength, improve digestive issues and remineralize teeth.
Broth is also helpful to have on hand when anyone in the family gets sick as it can be a soothing and immune boosting drink during illness, even if the person doesn’t feel like eating.
Broth is very high in the amino acids proline and glycine which are vital for healthy connective tissue (ligaments, joints, around organs, intestinal tract, etc). Explanation of these two amino acids:
In addition, glycine is required for synthesis of DNA, RNA and many proteins in the body. As such, it plays extensive roles in digestive health, proper functioning of the nervous system and in wound healing. Glycine aids digestion by helping to regulate the synthesis and of bile salts and secretion of gastric acid. It is involved in detoxification and is required for production of glutathione, an important antioxidant. Glycine helps regulate blood sugar levels by controlling gluconeogenesis (the manufacture of glucose from proteins in the liver). Glycine also enhances muscle repair/growth by increasing levels of creatine and regulating Human Growth Hormone secretion from the pituitary gland. This wonderful amino acid is also critical for healthy functioning of the central nervous system. In the brain, it inhibits excitatory neurotransmitters, thus producing a calming effect. Glycine is also converted into the neurotransmitter serine, which promotes mental alertness, improves memory, boosts mood, and reduces stress.
Proline has an additional role in reversing atherosclerotic deposits. It enables the blood vessel walls to release cholesterol buildups into your blood stream, decreasing the size of potential blockages in your heart and the surrounding blood vessels. Proline also helps your body break down proteins for use in creating new, healthy muscle cells.
Where to get bones:
• Save leftovers from when you roast a chicken, duck, turkey, or goose (pastured)
• From a local butcher, especially one who butchers the whole animal
• From local farmers who raise grass fed animals:
Meadow Run Farm
• Online from companies like US Wellness Meats (They sell pre-made high quality broth) or Tropical Traditions (I sometimes order high quality beef, bison, lamb and chicken bones from them at good prices)
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