Who needs chicken noodle soup when you can have beef veggie soup?! Grandma did have something right, though. Broth is nature’s gift for well-being. It’s packed full of easily absorbable minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur and trace minerals difficult to obtain elsewhere.
Bones remit gelatin when boiled, which the ancient Chinese considered a natural cure-all.
Just as vitamins occupy the center of the stage in nutritional investigations today, so two hundred years ago gelatin held a position in the forefront of food research. Gelatin was universally acclaimed as a most nutritious foodstuff. Gelatin was found to be useful in the treatment of a long list of diseases including peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, diabetes, muscle diseases, infectious diseases, jaundice and cancer. Babies had fewer digestive problems when gelatin was added to their milk. “Broth is Beautiful” by Weston A Price
I am lucky to have soup bones from grass-fed cows (with a good size chunk of meat on them) included in my monthly delivery. This is my version of the most amazing broth soup on the planet. It takes a while, but the reward is worth it!
*Hint: Start this on a day when you are hanging at home.
How to Make Bone Broth
- Soup bones from grass-fed cows
- 1T coconut oil
- 8 cups water
- 1/4 c red wine (optional, sub with water)
- 2 large onions (separated)
- 1 cup sliced bella or shitake mushrooms
- 1c shreddred carrots
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 2 stems fresh thyme
- 5 cloves garlic (separated)
- 1 bunch kale, chopped
- 2tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/4tsp cayenne powder
- 2tsp cumin powder
- 3tsp sea salt
Start by putting thawed soup bones and a tablespoon of coconut oil in a dutch oven or roasting pan. Sprinkle meat with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 7 min. Flip meat, roast for another 7 minutes. Be sure not to fully cook the meat, you just want a nice brown layer for color and to flavor the water.
Move from the oven to the stovetop. (If you used a roasting pan, scoop the meat into a large soup pot. This is where a dutch oven comes in handy!)
Turn your stove to med-high heat. Add 1 chopped onion, 3 cloves garlic (whole and smashed), sprigs of Thyme, 1 chopped carrot and 8 cups of water. You want the water to cover about 2 inches above the bones.
This is where your patience comes in…when water comes to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 5 hours. Your house will smell wonderful.
After 5 hours or so, remove the bones and let the water continue to simmer. You want to take the meat off the bones with a fork and put just the bones back in. The goal is to excrete every bit of collagen out of the bones.
Chop the meat and put in the fridge for use later. Simmer the bones and veggies, covered, for 5 more hours.
Now it’s time to turn off the stove and let the broth cool. (At this point, it’s usually bed time, so I save the rest for the next day)
Once it’s cool, the muck aka “effluvium” will rise to the top. Skim this off and throw out.
Once you’ve skimmed, pour the contents of the pot through a strainer so that you’re left with only pure broth.
CONGRATULATIONS, you’re mostly done 😉
Hollystar’s Soul-Warming Soup
Over med-high heat, saute shredded carrots, sliced mushrooms, 2 cloves chopped garlic and 1 chopped onion in a tablespoon of butter.
After a couple minutes, add 1/4c red wine.
When the wine has evaporated, add chopped kale and a cup of water. Let this saute, covered, until the kale is somewhat wilted, about 10 minutes. Add more water if needed to keep veggies from burning.
When the kale is wilted, add your bone broth, chopped beef and spices. *You may have to add more water depending on how much broth you ended up with and how “soupy” you like it.
Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Since you sauteed the veggies and the broth is packed full of flavor, you should only have to simmer for about 20 minutes.
Taste test. Since the broth contains pretty much zero salt, you can add more now – in small increments – until it’s super tasty.
YOU’VE DONE IT! Enjoy with a delicious Cheesy Primal Biscuit and feel the warming sensation filling your soul.