Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Healing Properties of Chicken Broth

It is interesting to me that no sooner did I decide to blog about a Nourishing November, that I got sick with an upper respiratory infection.  :(  I thought it was just a cold, but when my temperature went up to 101 F. last night, I concluded it was more than just a simple cold.

Regardless, one of the best ways to nourish your body, alleviate symptoms, and speed recovery when you have a cold or an upper respiratory infection is to consume homemade chicken soup, made with good quality chicken stock.

Since you need to simmer your stock for at least 12 to 24 hours to reap all the benefits, you obviously can't wait until you or one of your family members are sick before making some nourishing chicken broth!  Instead, you need to make some up at your earliest convenience, and keep an ample supply in the freezer.

A wise homemaker will make chicken broth regularly and keep the freezer stocked with this nourishing food and natural remedy for colds and flus.

There are many recipes on the internet for making chicken or bone broth.  I am going to share the recipe that was featured in the most recent issue of Beeyoutiful Living's magalog.

Healing Bone Broth 

Bone broth is a dietary mainstay for gut health.  It provides not only minerals and vitamins, but also soothing collagen to strengthen the gut wall.  Try this simple recipe so you can try some sumptuous broth.  
  1. Cover with water a combination (neck/spine/leg/knuckle) of chicken, beef, lamb, venison, or fish bones.  If you have a chicken foot, animal hoof, or deer antler, throw it in, too!
  2. Add a good splash of apple cider vinegar (organic, raw not required).
  3. Let sit about an hour, so the vinegar can draw calcium from the bones.  Then simmer (not boil) on stove or in crock pot for 12 to 72 hours.  Lid must be tight-fitting.  Strain broth, keeping meat bits for soup.  Add to broth any marrow removed from tubular bones, and chill.
  4. When using the broth, include some or all of the fat which rises to the top when cooled.  Or use this hardened fat for making soap, candles or bird feed.
  5. A cup of warmed broth doctored with a splash of sea salt, pepper, and perhaps some garlic powder can replace coffee or tea as a morning starter.  Add a raw egg yolk (it cooks in the hot broth) for extra nutrition.  Use the broth as a soup or stew base in place of water.  Or cook rice in it.
  6. Sources for bones: local butcher or hunter friends.  Or off the plates of your family (recycling at its finest - the bones are sterilized while cooking!)

Recipe from Beeyoutiful Living, Fall/Winter 2012, p. 11.

Here is another easy-to-follow recipe for making your own chicken stock.  This recipe is from a blog I am particularly fond of and is the recipe that I have consulted in recent weeks when making my own broth.

Fortunately, I had some Mason jars of chicken stock in my freezer, so I quickly thawed a couple jars and made some nourishing chicken soup this afternoon.  I loosely followed this recipe for Seriously Healing Soup; although, I will admit that I wasn't quite so generous with the garlic!  ;)

Of course, any chicken soup recipe will work as long as you start with a good quality stock.  Do you have a favorite chicken soup recipe?  Is chicken soup on the menu when your family gets sick?  Please share!  


Rebecca's Refining said...

Maybe I should make some chicken soup today....

The last time I tried to freeze my chicken stock, the jar broke! I used a Mason jar, so I thought it would be fine for freezing or canning. Any suggestions?

I would like to have a nice supply of stock on hand, but I usually use it too fast! I never think of just making is just a by-product of cooking my chicken or occasionally beef.

busymomof10 said...

I don't know why your jar broke . . . . I have frozen many jars of chicken broth with no problem. Do you think you put it in the freezer when it was still too hot? Or that you over-filled the jar??

If you don't feel safe freezing broth in jars, you can freeze it in ziploc bags or in plastic freezer containers.

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