Getting into the bone broth groove

When mom came out to help me get back on my feet after the second stroke, she was totally on board to help me figure out how to get my autoimmune diet started. That included figuring out how to make bone broth. There are a ton of recipes out there, and Dr. Hollywood had provided his own that I’m following.

I was worried that it might be expensive, but fortunately, I already have a crock pot and that was the most expensive item.

So, we bought a case of mason wide-mouth jars, a small strainer that fits over the jar, and that seemed like all of the kitchen stuff we needed. Next was figuring out how to get bones.

Turns out our local supermarket chain sometimes has them, but not reliably. That helped with getting started. But for the good stuff, the local farmer’s market was the jackpot. Every Sunday morning there’s a stand with all kinds of organic, free-range chicken parts for soup. The girl recommended back, neck and feet for the most “gelatinous” soup. Normally, that would sound like a bad thing but apparently you want it to be gelatinous for maximum nutrients.

I was surprised that the bones are pretty cheap, too. I can get a package of chicken feet bones for less than $4. Here’s a pot of goodness getting started:

So, time to make the broth. That part is mostly waiting. After adding the bones and some veggies, I just turn on the crock pot and let it do its thing for about 24–72 hours. According to my instructions, 24h for chicken and 48–72 for beef. In order to constantly be drinking broth, as you can imagine, I am almost always cooking broth in the crock pot. The house smells marvelous!

At the end, when it’s time to strain, this is what it looks like. This one was a beef broth.

Once strained into the jars, they go into the fridge. I try to consume one mason jar per day. Once the liquid cools, a layer of lard will form over the top. I pop that off and either save it for cooking or throw it away. The liquid underneath is a thick soupy mixture that is delicious for cooking, but I usually just drink it straight. Sam says it tastes better than bullion cubes.

Here are a couple waiting for me for today and tomorrow:

Depending on the type of bones, I might get anywhere from 2–4 mason jars from each batch.

I’ve been doing this for almost a month now. As with all of the things I am trying, I can’t say that I am having any kind of miraculous improvement in my symptoms. But my symptoms are quite severe and I know it will probably take a lot of time and a number of changes to really see a difference.

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