Bone broth is a great way to use up every last bit of a comforting roast chicken. Bone broth is simply made up of vegetables, bones and water. A lot like a broth or stock only you roast your bones first -If using raw bones or skip this step if your using a carcass from a roast, this enhances the flavors, you then boil the liquid for a longer amount of time ( this time can be up to 12 hours ). Bone broth is also ridiculously good for you and commonly know to cure respiratory infections, colds and flues due to it's ability to lessen the severity of the illness. This is proven with science backing this! Read here
Other beneficial properties include:
Helps with poor digestion and the secretion of gastric acids
High in protein and minerals ( The minerals are realized after a prolonged cooking time )
The high gelatin content is an inexpensive protein supplement to help with joint care and arthritis
Can especially help those with GAPS through better digestion
Gelatin also supports good hair, skin and nail health
1 free-range chicken carcass
Enough water to cover
2 bay leaves
3 large whole cloves of garlic
1 onion, quartered
2 carrots, roughly chopped
3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
3 sprigs of thyme
handful of lovage or italian parsley (optional)
If you are using raw bones then roast the bones first for 30-40 minutes. If you are using a carcass from a roast dinner then skip the first step and place all the above ingredients into a large heavy saucepan. Add enough water to cover your carcass, bring the water to a boil then immediately turn the heat down to low and simmer with a lid on for about 10-12 hours. Stir from time to time. The bones should crumble in between your fingers when pressed, that's when you know you have pressed all the nutrients from within. ( If the bones are not doing this then remain simmering.
Sieve through a fine mesh and store in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for 6 months.
You can enjoy your bone broth as is with a little seasoning or you can add a little into a bowl of miso soup. Also add our bone broth in your soups, stews and casseroles for a health boost.