Chicken Katsu

The Amazing Health Benefits of Bone Broth

You may or may not know but I absolutely hate waste and have often found that leftovers have become my most favourite meals. Avoiding waste also creates a culinary challenge which I love and has led me to conjure up many new and interesting combinations.

Bone Broth is a perfect example of making something incredibly healthy out of something that would ordinarily be thrown in the bin. It is talked about in all the good recipe books these days and even has whole books dedicated to it.

Making bone broth or ‘chicken soup’ is actually an old Jewish tradition. In the old days when protein was sparse, chickens were cooked up for special occasions only or if a family member became ill. Firstly the protein in the chicken would be beneficial to increase white blood cell production, essential for immunity but most importantly the carcass was boiled for hours, to make a hearty broth. This practice brings out all of the goodness from the chicken bones, like collagen, glycine (gelatine) and glutamine to further increase immunity and reduce inflammation which is believed to be the basis of almost all disease. It also tastes absolutely delicious!

So before you ditch all those amazing health giving turkey bones (I hope I’m not too late!) please give bone broth a go, you could be a convert.

Any bones work for bone broth but I prefer chicken as that is my favourite roast. I sometimes just buy the carcass from the butchers and roast and boil it for soup. Often I leave it in the slow cooker to simmer for 24 hours, the longer the better!

My basic recipe is to fry up some onions and garlic in a little of the meat fat, hopefully you will have saved the juices from the roast and popped it in the fridge to set. Once the onions have started to soften, add in all the now solid meat juices from under the fat plus all the bones and a good litre or more of stock depending on how many bones you have, season with salt and pepper and just leave to cook for a number of hours on a low simmer.

Once it has simmered and the bones have softened allow to cool a little before removing the bones, re-heat and add any veg you fancy like carrots, celery etc. Add noodles if you like and serve, or save it as a stock.

They say that ‘Chicken Soup’ cures all ills, it certainly is good for many ailments and should be included into your diet as often as possible, a real health guru will drink bone broth every day.

Let me know what you think.

And Happy belated Christmas from Your Healthy Self!