Bone Broth Nutrition
Bone broth is one of those basic recipes you should always have stored away in your freezer. It’s inexpensive to make and incredibly nutritious. This nutrient rich food is also easy to make and your homemade broth will be a million times better that any store bought version.
Bone broth is very popular all over the world because it’s a nutrient dense food. It’s made from boiling bones along with spices and/or vegetables. The result is a delicious base that can be use for a multitude of dishes. By boiling the bones, you create a gelatin-rich liquid that provides the amino acids necessary to make collagen, which is great for joints, teeth, hair, skin and nails. It is also high in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Bone broth can help improve:
- immune health,
- brain health
- connective tissue/joints
- increase hair growth/strength
For the most part, it’s just soothing, especially when you have a cold. If you have never tried to make bone broth, definitely give it a shot.
How to Make Bone Broth
You can make bone broth from any left over bones and especially poultry (which I always do) with some veggies and spices. However, I am going to specially talk about making bone broth from beef shanks.
I grew up eating and making the Korean version of bone broth called Seolleongtang. This particular broth is made by boiling the cow bones (fatty marrow) over several hours, draining the broth, and then repeating several times to extract all nutrients possible from the bones. The result is a thick, milky white broth that can be use for base soups for other recipes.
This soup is very popular in Korea. It’s especially popular in winter. Korean mothers will spend hours making this special broth for their families. You can get a bowl of this practically anywhere in Korea and it’s so easy to make at home. I am a writer and recipe tester for Crazy Korean Cooking. Recently I tested their recipe of Seolleongtang. Although it is easy to make, it does take a better part of the day to complete the process. However, the result is very much worth it.
Here are a few ways to get bones to make your own bone broth:
- Save leftovers from when you roast a chicken, duck, turkey, or any poultry
- A local butcher,
- Local farmers who raise grass fed animals
- Many Asian grocery stores also sell “soup” bones.
Grab the recipe for Seoulleongtang from Crazy Korean Cooking here.