Saturday, November 24, 2012

Feel It In Your Bone Broth–A Super Food

Many a times I feel “multi-tasking” is fancy word for frantic and frenzied behavior under the guise of accomplishing many things at once. Today, multi-tasking actually came through for me.

While dividing up the turkey…dark meat and white meat, for storage, I was reading Dr. Joseph Mercola’s latest article outlining potent super foods. He listed four super foods including my fave, coconut oil, being the first on the list and bone broth right after that.

Naturally that grabbed my attention as a pile of turkey bones sat in a heap, ready to be tossed. He explains that bone broth is one of the overlooked super food.

Bone broth: Simmering leftover bones over low heat for an entire day will create one of the most nutritious and healing foods there is. You can use this broth for soups, stews, or drink it straight. The "skin" that forms on the top is the best part. It contains valuable nutrients, such as sulfur, along with healthful fats, so just stir it back into the broth. Read More

A search engine and a few sites later, I managed this….

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It’s really simple. Or…I should say I simplified the recipes I liked the most. You can add carrots, onions, garlic and herbs for flavor. You can also elect to roast the bones to bring out the flavor. The key to making the broth is to add vinegar (2 tablespoons per gallon.) and simmer for 24 hours or more. The vinegar is suppose to help leech the minerals from the bones.  I’m simmering my broth for three days (72 hours). I’ve used up all of my fresh herbs on the Thanksgiving turkey and all I had left were lavender leaves. I threw those in. An odd combo? Maybe. I’ll soon find out. Smile 

My goal is to use this super food as a supplement for the wee ones during the winter season as colds are inevitable. I’ve no clue how this will turn out, but I’m excited to finesse my new found technique! Here are the recipes I found most informative and useful.

The Primalist – How to Make Nutritious Bone Broth

The Nourishing Cook – Beef Stock Anyone?

Traditional Foods – 12 Days of Gelatin – Lots of information

In the end, I felt good about getting the most out of a 23 pound turkey! Very little going in the trash.

As I mentioned earlier, Mercola picked coconut oil as one of the most overlooked super food. I LOVE coconut oil and always have it in the house. I use it in so many ways. On my hair as a conditioner and dandruff deterrent. On my skin as an emollient and disinfectant for cuts. As a supplement for energy and weight control. Use it for guilt-free fries, chicken and fish. It can remove makeup and even the glue on labeled glass jars. Trader Joe’s sells a pint that I use when I don’t have Tropical Tradition’s Virgin Coconut oil in the house. They’re simply the best. Their coconut oil is hand-made preserving the integrity of the oil.

32-oz. - Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 1 quart

 

 

 

 

 

Please take a moment and read my health information disclaimer. Tell me, are you surprised to hear that bone broth and coconut oil is the most overlooked super food?

 

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