If you’ve seen any of my Instagram posts of Sophie eating, you’ve likely seen her with her little sippy cup full of bone broth. Bone broth is not just for babies or kids though; the benefits of bone broth (or meat stock) for healing and sealing the gut are plentiful, regardless of your age.
What exactly is bone broth though? It’s the liquid that comes from simmering bones, veggies and occasionally meat over a long period of time. Once it’s simmered, you strain out the bones and veggies and drink or cook with the leftover broth.
Bone broth is a family food for us and something we make weekly, but before we ever made bone broth, it seemed so intimidating. Turns out, like with all crockpot meals, it was so much easier than I thought and so today I’m sharing how to make bone broth so you can do it too.
First of all, let’s quickly talk about bone broth vs meat stock. I use the words interchangeably, but I know a chef would tell me otherwise! I like this explanation here if you want to get into it, but technically what we are now calling bone broth is actually what was traditionally called a stock.
Bone broth is full of nutrients that are beneficial, but in particular it’s the amino acids and minerals. When the broth is cooking, the bones and ligaments that are in the broth release proteins like collagen and amino acids like glycine and glutamine.
Collagen production starts to decline in your 20’s if you can believe it, but it is the most abundant protein in the body. These nutrients are known to:
Here’s the thing with bone broth: you can add whatever ingredients you want! Here’s how we make it though.
Optional other ingredients: