Homemade Bone Broth-Post Thanksgiving

Recently many people have asked me, “what do I do with the turkey bones?”

Bone Broth has existed for hundreds of years in many cultures. Why is this? Bones, or more importantly marrow inside the bones are packed full of nutrients and vitamins. Bone broth is one of the most important foods to help heal any sort “gut issue” because the nutrients help heal the lining and provide minerals for healthy bones and skin. Sipped through out the day, this can make a high packed energy drink even better than coffee! (ok well, but really–it’s amazing!)

If you don’t already have the turkey carcass from your Thanksgiving meal, you can always purchase beef, fish, chicken bones from the butcher at the local grocery store. The reason why I like to use the Turkey bones (or bones from chicken I recently baked) is because they are already roasted. Roasted bones have already been through a process of cooking so they are not brittle by the time you are ready to make the bone broth.

Here is a basic recipe (my style is a bit simple, but packed with flavor!):

  1. Roasted Turkey carcass (meat already pulled and eaten-some may remain but not much)
  2. Place Turkey in a crockpot (large preferred).
  3. Cut one yam, one onion, half stalk of celery, and 1/2-1 cup ginger.
  4. Add two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Adding Apple cider vinegar
  5. 18-20 Cups of cold water. I often substitute a cup or two of vegetable broth, beef broth, chicken broth, for flavor.
  6. Salt and pepper (not necessary but up to you).
  7. Cook on low over night (I say overnight because then you can enjoy the benefits of the bone broth in the morning!) Alternatively, you can make this in the morning and enjoy this in the evening as a dinner fast from all the Thanksgiving eating! Scoop the liquid out and enjoy! All the minerals from the yam, celery, onion, and ginger are in the broth!
  8. If you have leftover broth you can freeze the remains into an ice tray and use this as a base for  steaming vegetables, stir fry, or other dishes. You can also freeze the remains into a freezer bag and lye flat in the freezer.
  9. For further reading please link below:www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/…/common-mistakes-bone-broth http://wellnessmama.com/5888/how-to-make-bone-broth/

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