Perpetual Bone Broth For The Winter of Our Discontent

They say a cup of this is better for your skin than botox.  It provides collagen for your skin, and has been said to heal leaky-gut syndrome. But the benefits go beyond beauty and health. Creating this broth simplifies a harried, crazy hectic life, and replaces it with instant, healthy on-to-go healing meals. When I feel like life is getting too harried, and it’s getting harder and harder to make a home-cooked meal because of conflicting sports schedules and meetings at school, I start making broth.  Effortless broth, that’s constantly available, whenever I need to put a nourishing meal on the table fast.

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Broth is the basis for all good recipes, and any chef wouldn’t get caught without it. Plus, the health benefits of bone broth are quite amazing — especially if you have a picky eater.

There are so many methods about making bone broth, with the goal of ensuring you are extracting all of those valuable nutrients and minerals from those bones. The pressure cooker is by far, the best and most efficient way to quickly soften those bones and enclose the nutrients in that tightly sealed steel vessel.

But, the crock pot also holds that steam in, and if left alone, can efficiently do the work of disintegrating those bones into a valuable source of easily digestible food.  And the best part — you’ll have instant access to that broth whenever you need it.  This is because you can cook that broth for up to a week on your counter top. Wait — yes — it only costs pennies to leave your crock pot on that long. And after a week, the bones will be melting.

The benefits are amazing — it’s so simply to simply ladle out the amount of broth you need for a quick batch of pasta or rice, strain it and you’re ready to go. A quick  bowl of soup can be made in minutes – and yes, on cold winter mornings, I’ve grabbed a cup of broth, rather than tea.

 

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Bones are cheap too.  Use your leftover turkey or chicken carcass from a roasted meal. Put them into the crockpot and add a dash of vinegar. Then, cover bones completely with water. Add any vegetable scraps, or herbs, such as parsley, carrots onions or celery. Try to stay away from cruciferous vegetables… they do not give a pleasant odor.

Turn the crockpot on high for two hours. Then, turn the crockpot setting down to low and let it sit… for 7-10 days. The science of how much electricity the crockpot takes has been researched extensively by pioneering mom blogs, and the consensus is down to pennies… hardly a blip on your utility bill. (Google this for your own reassurance.)

Each morning, check the water level, and add a cup or two that has been lost to evaporation. And use your broth everyday. Drink some for breakfast in place of coffee or tea. Make more soups than usual — because your soups will never taste as great as they do now, with this instant broth.

Every time you make a pot of pasta or rice — simply scooped out some bone broth from the crock pot, strain the broth (with a mesh strainer) and start cooking. Replace the broth in the crock pot with more fresh water.

As you use the broth for cooking, simply replace the water in the slow cooker, and let it continue to cook.

At the end of the week, strain off the remaining broth and store it in the freezer for later use.

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