Bone broth is becoming ever popular in the health and wellness industry due to its large number of believed health benefits. We walk you through the benefits you can see from adding bone broth into your health and wellness routine as well as how you can make it at home.

What is bone broth?

Bone broth dates back to prehistoric times, when hunter-gatherers turned otherwise inedible animal parts like bones, hooves and knuckles into a broth they could drink. Essentially it is a soup base made by simmering the bones and connective tissue of an animal (cow, chicken, turkey, duck, etc.) with seasoning and water for 12 to 24 hours. Think of it like a chicken or beef stock you might use to cook with.

What are the benefits of drinking bone broth?

  1. It is high in nutrients that can help support weight loss. Bone broth is high in nutrients that your body needs such as iron, vitamins A and K, fatty acids, selenium, zinc, calcium and magnesium. Being high in protein, it can also help you feel fuller longer while consuming less calories.
  2. Supports healthy skin. Bone broth contains high levels of collagen and nutrients that support energy and healthier looking skin. To learn more about collagen, visit our post What’s the Fuss with Collagen?
  3. Supports joint health. Cartilage tends to wear to wear down or shrink over time. Consuming bone broth is a good way to add gelation to the diet which can help support joints.
  4. Reduce inflammation, aid sleep and support your gut. Bone broth is high in amino acids that can support your ability to digest food as well as get anti-inflammatory amino acids into the body as well as support sleep.

How to make it at home.

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs beef bones (preferably marrow bones such)
  • 6 quarts water
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp whole peppercorns
  • 4 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1-4-inch piece fresh ginger root
  • Soy sauce to taste 

Preparation:

Rinse the bones off in warm water. Roast in 450-degree oven until the bones begin to caramelize. About 30 minutes. It’s ok if they get charred a bit.

Place all ingredients in a stock pot and bring to a simmer. The longer this cooks the better, but we recommend no less than 12 hours. Strain though a fine mesh sieve or cheese cloth and refrigerate. Once cooler, remove the top layer of fat that has solidified and discard or reserve for cooking. The bone broth should have a nice gelatinous texture, (like Jell-O) if done correctly. This is the collagen removed from the bones.

Don’t want to make it at home? Woodside has bone broth available for curbside or carryout pickup. Call the Club at 913.831.0034 to place your order. Woodside’s curbside and carryout services are available Monday-Saturday 9AM to 3PM.