If you have ordered grass-fed beef from us before, you probably know that we also offer the “unwanted” parts including oxtail, tongue, liver, heart, and bones. And surprisingly they go pretty fast, especially the bones. When we ask people why they want bones they either say they’re for their dog(s) or they’re for bone broth. Either option is great, but if you haven’t made or had bone broth yet, you don’t know what you’re missing! It is so easy to make, it’s nearly free, and it has countless health benefits.
BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH
Cost effective – A box of organic bone broth from the grocery store can cost anywhere between $7 and $15 and a box of organic regular broth (chicken, beef, vegetable) costs between $4 and $7. I made this bone broth recipe for about $2 and got 3 times more than I do from a quart sized box.
Packed with vitamins and minerals – By boiling the bones for an extended period of time, you are releasing all of the nutrients from inside the bone that you completely miss out on otherwise. Bone broth is full of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, trace minerals, and so on. All of these vitamins are easily absorbed into your body because they are naturally derived and in liquid form. Bone broth is also a great source of amino acids – glycine and proline.
Keeps you young – Not only are you receiving tons of vitamins and minerals, but bone broth also contains naturally derived collagen and gelatin which are found in the bones, skin, and connective tissues and provide structural support, strength, and elasticity. As we age, our collagen naturally decreases, reducing the structural integrity of the skin. That is why many people take collagen supplements or injections. These two proteins have been shown to helps support skin, hair, and nail growth, and aid in good joint health as well. They can also aid in digestion and reduce or prevent cellulite.
Overall health and well-being – All of the nutrients that are found in bone broth have been shown to aid in digestion, better sleep, energy & immune support, joint health, bone health, and much more. Bone broth has also been known to work miracles for leaky gut syndrome.
Easy to make – All you need is bones (from any animal), water, vegetables and spices/herbs (optional), and a pot or slow cooker. You add everything into the pot, bring it to a hard boil, and then let simmer for 12-48 hours (we recommend 48 hours). Check out this bone broth recipe for more details! Once your bone broth is done, it can be used in soups and roasts or consumed as is (which is commonly referred to as “beef tea”). It keeps in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or in the freezer for 6-12 months!
It’s yummy! – Not only is bone broth supremely good for you, it’s delicious. Whether you drink it straight or add it to other recipes it will have you coming back for more!
You may be hearing a lot about bone broth these days, but it’s no fad! Bone broth has been used for centuries in almost all cultures to help cure and prevent illness and for all of the benefits listed above. In fact, the first recorded instance of “beef tea” can be found in a 1760 edition of the Dublin Courier.
In my house, I’m all about getting the most out of everything that I make, using everything to it’s fullest potential, and making as much from scratch as I possibly can. Bone broth is my newest discovery and I love it! Now, whenever I get my Date Creek Ranch grass-fed beef, I get several bags of bones for bone broth (and my dog of course) and when I’m finished roasting my chicken I save all the bones and skin and make chicken bone broth. If you haven’t yet experienced the many benefits of bone broth, make sure to pick up some bones at the next meat delivery!