Beef Bone Broth- “Make No Bones About It” If you buy bulk beef there is an ample supply of broth bon
It is very simple to make, so let’s get started!
Ok, bring out the crockpot!
Select bones from the Rock Bar B Soup Package or select an assortment of 3 LBS of neck, marrow, patella, shank, short ribs and/or oxen bones. Pick a mix of soup bones that will provide a gelatinous, nutritious broth, meaning you can see the cartilage. Knee (patella) and tailbones are high in cartilage content.
The larger the crockpot, at least 7 quarts, the larger the return in broth for your investment in labor. Soak the marrowbones in an acidified water for tone to two hours, meaning add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water soak, make sure the bones are completely covered. If desired, you can place the rest of the soup bones on a cookie sheet (one with a lip) or casserole dish to roast in a preheated oven at 375 F for 20-30 minutes. Turn bones at the half waypoint until browned. Deglaze the drippings into the crockpot.
Add 5 smashed garlic cloves, 2 chopped onions, 3 chopped carrots, 2 chopped celery stalks, 2 tablespoons of kosher salt, 1 bay leave, 2 teaspoons of whole peppercorns as desired or nothing at all if you want a pure stock version. Place all ingredients into the previously soaked marrowbones and cover with water. Slow cook on low setting for a minimum of 12 hours and check after the first 8 hours to ensure that enough water is covering the contents.
Cool until warm, strain, then place in clean canning jars and wait until the tallow rises. The beef fat can be removed if desired and used for cooking or leave for added flavor.
So what is all talk about bone broth? It’s such an old thing. Well, what old is new again!
Nutritional factoids to impress your dinner guests other than the rich taste of the golden brown broth:
1. Bone broth contains chondroitin and glucosamine which is extracted from the boiled cartilage.
2. Bone broth contains glycine, proline and arginine, all of which have anti-inflammatory qualities.
3. Bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium essential to healthy bone formation. Both young and old renew ours bones throughout our lifetimes!
4. Bone broth contains gelatin, which is a hydrophilic (water loving) colloid which supports proper digestion.
5. This is a Paleo food!