RECIPE: Bone-Building Broth

When I was in my mid-40’s, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was pretty devastated, and did everything I could to reverse the declining direction of my bone health.  That’s when I went back to school and got certified as a nutrition consultant.  Today, my bones are in much better shape, and I attribute a lot of that to better nutrition, including drinking the following yummy broth, which is made from ingredients that help build bone.  I make a large pot at a time and freeze it.  You can even use it in soups or as cooking water for grains.  Drinking it every day is an amazing habit to help support good bone health.

  • Combine the following ingredients in a large stock pot:
  • 3 to 4 lbs poultry bones (you can save them as you cook chicken and save in freezer or ask your local meat stores)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 pieces of (5 inches) kombu, kelp, or alaria sea vegetable
  • 5 Dino kale leaves
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, quartered
  • 6 quarts filtered water (or as much as you need to cover the bones)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Simmer for 12 hours, covered
  • Uncover and simmer for one hour more, until the broth is reduced to 4 quarts
  • Skim fat off the top of broth
  • Strain the broth (remove bones and strain the veggies and herbs)
  • Ladle into 1 quart Mason jars and freeze, or save some in the refrigerator to drink as desired (broth stays in refrigerator for 10 days, and 9 months in the freezer)

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