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Bone Broth – My Elixir to Cure All Ailments

December 18, 2014

I’m a great believer in prevention rather than reaction to many situations in life. One of them is when it comes to health!

Like with everything else, if we look after ourselves and are mindful of what we eat, we can prevent from getting ill and feeling very stressed. I’m going through a very stressful period myself so am very much needing to heed my own advise. It’s hard to remember to take all my remedies and making sure I’m calm and relaxed.

One factor people underestimate greatly in the pursuit of health is the power of food and what we eat. By now, my regular readers will know that I have a preference for organic and biodynamic food. I also shop exclusively in farmers markets and health food shops, which means I do tend to eat local and seasonal food.

Winter is always a time when there’s less choice for me as farmers take a break from growing their crops. I find this also an exciting time as it gives me more opportunity to experiment with dishes that maybe in the summer I wouldn’t eat as much.

One staple for me is bone broth. I make it every 10 days, all year round (that’s how long it lasts in my fridge). I’m convinced that this is one of the reasons I’m hardly ever ill and fight off many viruses lurcking around. It’s a must for me and I use it as an elixir to cure all ailments, whether physical or emotional. It’s one of the oldest known homemade foods to nurture the sick and I call it the Jewish penicillin.

I use a 10 Litres  stainless steel cooking pot.

Some of the produce you can find at a farmers market right now.

bone broth - my elixir to cure all ailments - colourliving
Apis Apples at the farmers market

bone broth - my elixir to cure all ailments - colourliving
I love these purple carrots.

bone broth - my elixir to cure all ailments - colourliving
For my bone broth I use the normal carrots as I don’t like when the water discolours with the purple variety.

bone broth - my elixir to cure all ailments - colourliving
Leeks is a must for bone broth.

bone broth - my elixir to cure all ailments - colourliving
Celeriac is so underrated and so yummy.

bone broth - my elixir to cure all ailments - colourliving
Beautiful squash.

bone broth - my elixir to cure all ailments - colourliving
Squash delicate. Roast in the oven for the sweetest taste.

bone broth - my elixir to cure all ailments - colourliving
Red kurl Sqaush

bone broth - my elixir to cure all ailments - colourliving
Savoy cabbage.

bone broth - my elixir to cure all ailments - colourliving
January King.

I’m lucky to get the best bones from the farmers markets. I vary between beef bones, chicken carcasses, veal or venison bones. Sometimes I make a fish stock. It really all depends on what I can lay my hands on.

I keep it very basic. Here is how:

Place bones in the pot.
Cover with cold water. I use filtered water. Leave a bit of room at the top for the vegetables.
Bring to boil and cover with lid.
Skim off any foam that rises to the top.
Put in onions, leeks, carrots, swedes, turnips (if in season), celery (with their leaves), parsley, bay leaves, salt, peppercorns, bring to the boil
and simmer for a minimum of 3 hours. I like to simmer for up to 12 hours as the longer the bones simmer the more nutrients are released.

I then let it cool down before putting the pot in the fridge (I have a very big fridge). A layer of fat will form on the surface and keep it sealed from the air. I use it as a base for dishes or to make soup for the next 1o days.

Why not try it. You will thank me. Keep healthy my friends. Have a great weekend. See you Monday.

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6 Comments

  • Reply leah // sang the bird December 19, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Happy healthy winter to you gorgeous. I have a partially written email to you that I will endeavour to finish and send off asap.
    Tal arrives home tomorrow and I am brimming with excitement.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thinking of you xxx

    • Reply tina January 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Hahaha, maybe you will be able to send it soon..:-)

      Hope you had an amazing time with them. Dying to know how Tal enjoyed his European trip.

      Sending love and hugs xx

  • Reply Alison Sye December 19, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I’m a firm believer in this too, Tina. xx

    • Reply tina January 11, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Oh good, didn’t know you liked this. It’s the BEST! Just made a fresh pot last night and can’t wait to make soup with poached salmon and spiralised courgettes for lunch:-) xx

  • Reply Anya Jensen December 19, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I might try this at home too – catching everything these days, so I need all the help I can get. My nan has these old school cures too and they do work, amazing what recipes there must be out there. Hope you are keeping well, happy weekend,
    Ax

    • Reply tina January 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Lovely, honestly it will make such a difference and keep you and the angels away from nasty bugs xx

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