I got so excited when I read about Bone Broth (AKA stock). Granted, I don’t think it’s the miracle cure-all that people say it is. But, I was willing to try it since my normal state is undernourished.
I ended up getting beef ribs because bones are harder to find than I thought. I will have to search the Amish store later. I also had friends tell me to ask at the store as they do have them. But this batch was from rib bones.
Making a batch
I started by soaking the bones in cold water with apple cider vinegar for about two hours. I forgot to set an alarm so it wasn’t exact. It may have been a little more or a little less.
I chopped up what was left of an onion and then about 4 carrots. You don’t have to do this but I like those flavors.
Then I added the chopped veggies, the bones, and the soaking water into the large crockpot and turned it on high. I let it cook for about 10 hours on high, then turned it to low overnight.
By the next morning it had boiled down so I added more water and turned it back to high until it was a rolling boil again. Then I turned it back down to low for the rest of the day.
Trying a taste at 24 hours
I decided to try a half cup at 24 hours to see how it tasted. It was meh. Not horrible. Not delicious either. I was seriously questioning if it was worth it.
48 Hour Taste Test
At the 48 hour mark the broth was smelling SO good! It smelled like a heavenly soup with a roasted beef undertone. I had to try it again.
The second taste test was pretty good. It had a nice flavor. I ended up adding some garlic and letting it sit in the crockpot for a couple more hours.
Straining and Storing
I don’t have a huge container so I used a jug I have to store it in. I used a colander to strain all the veggies and bones out and poured the broth into the jug.
I have been storing it in the fridge and it seems to store well. It does have some fat globs floating in there but they are fine once I heat it up.
How is it working?
I have had a cup a couple times a day for the last two days. After the garlic, it tastes MUCH better!
I do feel more awake. Before you get too excited, “more awake” is actually, “I can play on Reddit more” as doing almost anything still takes too much energy.
I haven’t had a ton of miracle healing but being a little more alert is a nice start.
My gut isn’t hurting like it usually does. The twisting, cramping feeling that is normal for summertime is now an annoying sensation. That is a nice step up from the pain before.
Just for those two, I am happy. And it tastes good.
What I am doing next
Next, I will add more gelatin to my diet again. It does help with joint pain. I haven’t done this in awhile because of the cost, but I am going to just grin and bear it next month.
I am going to also try chicken bone broth next. I heard fish broth is good but I’ll just have to trust them on that one. I have never cared for fish broth.
Have you tried bone broth? Do you make your own? Share your story in the comments.