Wow, this building up the body thingie is not cheap, because good clean proteins are not cheap. Fortunately, stock bones are. My local butcher in Portsmouth gives them away for free, fortunately.
But bone broth is a MUST. It is so easy to make, so nutritious and so cheap. Note: try to get bones from animals that are not commercially reared (i.e. from farms and local butchers) to ensure that you do not end up with a soup tainted with antibiotics and hormones. It’s worth sourcing for good bones.
When you drink bone broth first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, its nutrients go straight into your bloodstream. It might take some getting used to, drinking a rich savoury soup first thing in the morning, but please do try. It is rich in proteins and minerals that our body needs to heal, rebuild and grow strong. Rich in glycine, gelatine and collagen, this humble soup has many benefits, ranging from the synthesis of hemoglobin, bile salts and other naturally-occurring chemicals within the body to building the body up after an illness, to giving you good skin and strong teeth and bones!
Boil good stock bones with half a cupful of balsamic vinegar and enough filtered water to cover for a minimum of four hours. Include vegetables such as onions, carrots, celery, broccoli. I generally use whatever that is available in my vegetable rack. Do not add salt, but you may season with herbs (anything!). I like adding tomatoes and garlic to mine for that delicious flavour.
If you have a crock pot or slow cooker, wonderful! I have a wonder bag which is a wonderful invention because I would boil the bones and vegetables, and leave them to cook overnight in the wonder bag, no gas or electricity needed. You can find out more about wonder bags here.
Here’s something I put on at night before bed:
Two in one! I made this luxurious lamb version – I had a cup of the broth, the family had the rest!
The broth can also be used as a base for many other delicious recipes which I will post. Just search the tag ‘bone broth’.
Start boiling, folks! x
(posted by Jacqueline)