Bone broth is a staple in our home, especially during the winter months. It is so nourishing and satisfying, not to mention, a super great ingredient to have on hand for many recipes calling for broth.
If you ever feel down in the winter time, or feel under the weather, this will pick you up. If you like spicy things - add cayenne, it is great for circulation! The garlic helps to strengthen your immune system along with the help of oregano.
Lets get started...
~Nourishing Bone Broth~
What you will need...
~ 2 to 4 lbs Osso Bucco sliced shank (or other marrow and knuckle bones)
~ 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
~ 4 quarts of water
~ 4 carrots (cut in half)
~ 4 celery ribs (cut in half)
~ 1 onion (quartered)
~ 4 to 5 cloves garlic (whole)
~ sea salt ( to your taste preference)
~ 1 TBS dried oregano ( or use some fresh, if you have it)
1) place Osso Bucco sliced shank in a crock pot and pour Raw Apple Cider Vinegar over bones.
2) Add water and allow to sit for 45 minutes to 1 hour. This allows the vinegar to start pulling the minerals from the bones and into the water.
3) Add more water, if needed to cover the bones.
4) Add remaining ingredients and cook on on low setting for 24 to 72 hours. ( or until bones become soft). ( make sure to scrape marrow from bones and into broth for full benefits of the broth.
Sip as is, add pasta or rice and serve, or store in the freezer for use in recipes.
Are you a precise measurer...Or, a 'wing it' kind a cook?
I, myself, rarely use measuring cups and spoons...its true. So, I guess I'm a 'wing it' kind-a-cook!😉
My habit started when I was young. I was at my Grandma's house. She was out and we were waiting for her to return. She always had packets for making pitchers of Kool Aid, so I decided to make some.
I poured the packet out, then went to searching for a measuring cup. I couldn't find a single one. Finally I opened the sugar bin and there, half buried, sat a crystal tea cup. I remembered seeing Grandma use it, so I thought for a minute, then decided, it must hold 1/4 cup!
I quickly dumped four tea cup-fulls into the pitcher, added water and stirred. I tasted...it was PERFECT ! I had never tasted such syrupy sweetness.
When Grandma returned, she let me know what the tea cup actually held. With a wink and in her Alabama accent, she said, "Oh, Sugar, that holds about 1 Cup!"
I never forgot that, and from that day on, I started cooking by 'feel'. Yes, it's gotten me into trouble a time or two, but mostly - it works for me. ...And, I'll admit, now, our daughters do it too!
The negative of this approach would probably be the disappointed look on your family's faces when they find out that you may never be able to recreate that exact flavor again, after tasting something they love. Sooo, that's the reason I determined to start writing down recipes a few years ago. - And yes! Precisely measuring for those recipes.
The thing I love about this Creamy Coconut Pastured Chicken recipe, is that you can follow it to the 'T', or you can 'wing it' and it always turns out delicious!
Plus, it combines two amazingly healthy fats in one dish: Coconut oil in the coconut milk, and golden fat in the pastured chickens. ~ Both excellent fats to feed your brain, utilize for energy and keep your system running like a well oiled machine!
I love nothing better than to feed my family meals that make them feel good ~ So, this Christmas, when family comes to visit, I plan on impressing my guests with this delicious, and simple recipe.
Bonus ~ if I use the crock-pot, I'll just get extra time to spend with those special people, I don't often get to see.
Some important tips:
Oh! There's one more thing...
One of the most common mistakes, I see, that people make when cooking a whole chicken or roast, is too much broth or water! From time to time, I hear a frustrated soul lament over a rubbery chicken, or flavorless roast.
When asked about the preparation process, they explain that after taking such pride in seasoning and prepping they filled the crock-pot or roasting pot with water or broth and proceeded to boil all the day long! While this is a very enthusiastic approach, the unfortunate result is a boiled piece of rubbery flesh.
For the most flavorful, tender, and succulent results: use 1 cup of broth or water in your roasting pot or crock-pot. This will also allow the seasoning to penetrate the skin and flavor it.
Creamy Coconut Pastured Chicken With Rice:
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