I feel like I am going against everything I do not like about food culture by sharing this recipe for beef bone broth. When I first heard about bone broth, I was shocked at the money people where selling bone broth for as I considered it strictly stock. Okay, I still kind of do but stick with me. Then I started talking with butchers in the area about the differences between Bone Broth and Stock, and what was the fuss all about. They explained that bone broth was being used to boast immune systems and that many doctors as well as hospitals were prescribing it to patients as there were may nutritional values associated with eating it. I continued my research but honestly stayed a bit skeptical.
Fast forward a few months to almost present day. Lenny has been doing research on fasting and how it is helping people with illnesses such as cancer and diabetes. We have a good friend who was diagnosed with cancer as well his father and my mother are diabetic. Honestly, I believe he is worried more about aging and us getting sick too. About the time he started reading about fasting I was reading about my friend Stephanie who had started the thirty day healing green broth challenge. It was kind of the best of both worlds; Lenny wanted to fast, I did not too, but I was willing give bone broth a try as it was an option in his fasting research. We have not been consistent with following the thirty days since we are traveling recently, but we have been adding it to our menu planning routine when home. Benefits – well, I have noticed my nails and hair are growing more and I do feel stronger. Knock on wood neither of us have gotten sick yet with a dreaded winter traveling cold.
Here is what I have researched on the differences between stock, broth and bone broth as well as healing green broth.
Stock – is basically water that is simmered with some sort of animal bones as well as bones with meat (oxtails for example) as well as vegetables and herbs. When I make stock I roast everything together before simmering with water. I will cook my stock for at least a full day and at the most two days, if I have the time. It is thick with a gelatinous consistency. Stock is not used on it’s own it is always used to delegate a pan, make gravy or can be used in soup or stew if you do not have broth.
Broth – is made using meat, vegetables, herbs and water. It is cooked for a short amount of time, typically an hour up to 2 hours. It is meant to be light and flavorful. You can enjoy a cup of broth on it’s own or mix with soup as a base. It will stay fluid and not become gelatinous.
Bone Broth – is made using bones that roasted and then simmered with water for a long period of time. Everyone I talked to said not to add herbs, carrots or celery. To keep it as pure as possible. The purpose is to not add extra ingredients such as sugar (from carrots) and to keep all the nutrients the bones provide. After roasting the bones they are simmered with water, onion and you can add garlic for three days. The goal is to extract all the gelatin and minerals from the bones. It will be very gelatinous.
Healing Green Broth – is a mixture of rich bone broth and fresh herbs blended together and then enjoyed. I add Vital Proteins Collagen and grass fed butter to the one we enjoy for lunch. It is really very filling and I feel satisfied enjoying it for lunch. If I am extra hungry I might add a salad alongside.
Now to now to my recipe for rich Beef Bone Broth, which by the way is outstanding. What I have learned from the butchers I talked to is that you want to use the best animal bones you can get. Grass fed and free of antibiotics is the best option as you are cooking the bones down to get as much as of them as possible. The last thing you want to do is use polluted bones and meat. For this Beef Bone Broth recipe I use a mixture of grass fed bones as well as some with marrow and an oxtail. I use a small amount of melted down beef tallow or olive oil to roast the bones. I do not add salt or pepper nor any vegetables. I want it to be as sugar and salt free as possible, otherwise, what is the purpose. I add half of a yellow onion and some garlic, then let it simmer and do it’t thing for three days. I have to admit I was skeptical at first but now I am digging this recipe as it is rich and flavorful as well I tend to feel pretty good after a few days of enjoying. Plus, longer nails is a treat!
Beef Bone Broth
I use a 5 1/4 quart dutch oven to cook the broth in – makes between 12 – 14 (1 cup) servings.
5 – 6 pounds grass fed beef bones
18 cups of water
1/2 yellow onion, paper left on
3 cloves garlic, smashed and paper left on
drizzle olive oil
Preheat oven to 250.
Place bones into the dutch oven. Drizzle with some olive oil or melted beef tallow.
Slide into the oven and roast for 3 hours. Every hour, I use a wooden spoon to move the bones around.
Remove from the oven, place on the stove on medium heat and add the water, onion and garlic. Bring to a boil.
Lower the heat to a very low simmer and cook for 5 hours. I stir every hour. If the level of water goes down more than an inch I add more water to the pot. Once the 5 hours is up, I turn off the stove and let the mixture cool down. Then I place into the refrigerator overnight.
Next morning while I am making coffee, I take the pot out and let it come to room temperature for an hour. Then I skim off any fat that has solidified on top before heating the mixture up over a very low heat. I continue cooking for the entire day – about 7 hours. Then I let it cool, and repeat the process the next day.
After cooking on the third day, I let the broth cool to touch, then I strain through a colander into a large bowl or pot. After straining through the colander I restrain through a fine sieve. Then I place back into the dutch oven and gently heat.
Remove from the heat then pour into freezer proof glass jars. I like to use the 4 cup Weck Tulip jars. I only fill to the top of the Weck logo which is about 6 1/2 ladles as it will expand when frozen. You may have to play around with the amounts for the jars you have. Let cool to room temperature, then seal and place into the freezer.
One jar of beef bone broth feeds both of us two Healing Green Broth lunches each.