This year, our family has taken to making a homemade bone broth recipe when we’re starting to feel under the weather.
Did you know that bone broth is sometimes referred to as “Jewish Penicillin”?
The effect of drinking this homemade bone broth recipe as a feel-good booster have been dramatic. We’ve actually had a couple of times where one of us was under the weather enough that we probably would have gone to the doctor and we starting downing bone broth like there’s no tomorrow and noticed such an improvement that we ended up not going to see a doctor. Now my husband requests it at the first sign of a cold.
Here’s my recipe for homemade bone broth. This recipe for homemade bone broth has become one of our favorites.
Below are the ingredients for perpetual healing soup. It’s always best to use organic if you can. The beauty of this homemade bone broth recipe is that you can adjust these for personal preference or tailor it to your own liking. The one essential ingredient is the bones from a chicken. Do not use bullion in place of the chicken bones. The minerals from the bones are a major part of what make this a healing recipe.
- bones from a chicken (we use rotisserie as a time saver, though if I’m on my game, I’ll roast my own chicken and then use the bones for the soup)
- garlic cloves (3-6, depending on preference, we prefer more because of garlic’s health benefits)
- 1 cup of organic baby carrots (or 3 full-size carrot)
- 2-3 onion, chunked up (can sub a few shallots if preferred)
- small handful of whole peppercorns (we use multi-color)
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated and sliced (can substitute a few pieces of dried galangal for an asian twist)
- organic dried grated lemon peel (you can get this in many bulk spice sections or fresh lemon zest also works)
- 2 bay leaves (I freeze fresh bay leaves and keep them on hand in my freezer)
- small bunch of Italian parsley (cilantro also works)
- optional: handful of thick leafy greens like kale, spinach, beet or turnip greens (my favorite). you’d be surprised at the flavor greens add!
Directions: This homemade bone broth recipe is so easy that all you need to do is dump all of the ingredients into a cock pot and fill it up with water. Filtered water is best. (We use Aquasana and they have an amazing deal on drinking water filters right now: Save 30% on all drinking water filter systems, or 50% if you buy them with Water for Life. WFL is their auto ship for filters option.)
- Turn on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
- Strain the broth through a metal coffee filter or very fine sieve to strain out the junk.
- After it cools, skim the remaining layer of fat of the top of the soup and voila…healthy bone broth. It’s not only nutritious, it’s delicious and hits the spot when you’re feeling under the weather.
Make it perpetual
Then, keeping everything in the pot, add more water and repeat the process. You can use the same chicken bones and continue making healing perpetual soup for several days in this way. You will need to occasionally remove the old veggies and spices and add new ones. I do this every couple days.
I make as much of this homemade bone broth recipe as I can and then freeze the leftovers so I don’t have to buy chicken stock at the store. Even though the flavor is stronger than most store bought chicken broths, it works great in any recipe and the flavor does not overpower the dish you’re making. It especially works well as a base for other veggie soups.
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