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My Favorite Nourishing Broth—and Why I Am Drinking It Daily

 

I know I’m a little late to the bone broth party on the blogosphere, but hey, it’s taken me over a year to fully understand and feel the effects of this healing liquid in my own life. As with all of posts here I want this one to be rooted in my actual experience over time, not just something I tried for two months and decided I was qualified to write a factual article about.

More and more I see bloggers sharing holistic remedies that aren’t solidified in their practice. I am all for sharing information online, but I feel many of these ungrounded approaches dilute the potency of many healing rituals that are meant to be lived, not just tried and discarded like the next juice cleanse protocol.

We are living in very fast times. That is not lost on me. Everyday my social media feeds and inbox is flooded with the next thing that is going to heal you. It’s just like our western culture to take this quick-fix approach to everything, including holistic health. I realize I am going on a bit of a rant here but my aim is coming directly from the heart. I want the internet to be a place where folks can find tried and true suggestions based on actual experience from people that live what they write about.

As many of you know my blog and nutrition consulting practice started from eating a whole food vegan diet for years and people reaching out to me for support. Plants of all kinds are still the majority of what I eat on a regular basis, but in order to heal my body I had to introduce nourishing animal foods into my routine. While I eat a selection of animal foods on a regular basis I haven’t quite bridged the gap between my food life at home and the journal.

Having a somewhat public life through my website and social media is such an interesting experience. I was talking with a woman the other day and she mentioned losing a bunch of followers and subscribers because she shifted the focus of her practice. I remember writing my food journey post and being a bit worried that people would be disappointed in my choices. Typing this out right now makes me feel silly because I know in my heart of hearts that isn’t what any of this is about. This blog started as a platform for me to honestly share my life and create community. In that community people are free to come and go as they please and that ultimately makes me feel really good.

Healing Broth by Ashley Neese

Now. On to bone broth and why I am drinking it on the daily.

The first time I tried bone broth I couldn’t even swallow it. Almost instantly after taking the first sip I spit it right out into the sink. The animal smell and fatty consistency of the broth made me gag. I’d already started eating a little meat at this point, but the broth was just next level. I couldn’t drink it straight up.

After a month of fiddling around with different techniques and recipes I found a broth I was able to stomach and eventually really enjoy. Chicken broth was familiar to me. I grew up loving my Mom’s matzoh ball soup and chicken stock was the base. It was the beef broths that were so unfamiliar and weird to me. They are much fattier and have a gamey flavor for lack of a better word. Kinda gross I know but trust me, once you add all the herbs and veggies that I do, you will be amazing at how incredible this broth truly is.

Bone broths are a staple food in many traditional cultures. People around the world made variations of healing broths using the entire animal, not a pressed bouillon cube they got from the supermarket. From Asia to South America, each culture uses different animals as the base of their broths. They all take it a step further and turn that broth into a range of foods from stews, to sauces, to cooked vegetables. You can use bone broth in any recipe that calls for stock and it adds amazing richness to cooked legumes and grains as well.

Bone broth is a deeply healing food. I started drinking it over a year ago to nourish my body, support my digestion and prepare my body for conception. I know. I started the preconception phase super early but with my history of being a little low in minerals and hormone imbalances I wanted to get everything in smooth order long before it was time to conceive. I continue to drink bone broth each day because it has helped my body heal in ways I didn’t think possible and making it has become a ritual that I cherish.

Healing Broth by Ashley Neese

It’s amazing how bone broth works wonders to repair our digestive tract and is a superior food when it comes to healing many illnesses. For the highest quality broth I recommend making it yourself. Fresh broth from well sourced organic free range chicken or grass feed cow bones is far more nutrient rich than anything you can buy in a package at the store. If you live in a city where you can buy actual bone broth that is great option. If you’re going to drink it daily like we do, it’s much more economical to make yourself.

Most bone broths are simmered 36-72 hours, depending on the types of bones you use. This long simmering time releases their minerals and produces gelatin from their joints.

“Broth contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.” – Sally Fallon

Here are just some of the incredible benefits of this miracle broth:

  • Reduces joint pain
  • Promotes healthy hair + skin
  • Heals the gut
  • Adrenal support
  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Fights inflammation which is the root cause of most disease
  • Enhances brain function + mood
  • Helps sport recovery

And if that wasn’t enough bone broth is my number one preconception and fertility food. Yep. You read that correctly! I can’t even tell you how many clients I’ve gotten on bone broth who were trying to get pregnant and after several months of broth and working with their energy through yoga and custom tailored energy healing sessions they conceived! Of course pregnancy can be much more complicated than that but for a nourished, strong body, 1-2 cups of bone broth will help create a lovely first home for your babe.

Nourishing Broth by Ashley Neese

If you want to dive deep into all things broth get you hands on Sally Fallon’s book asap. She is a pioneer in the traditional foods movement and has loads of resource material that is a staple in my life and in my work with clients.

Typically bone broth is made with bones and sometimes a little meat. Bones can be roasted before making broth but I almost always skip this unnecessary step. I haven’t found it changes the flavor drastically enough to warrant the extra time in prep.

I highly suggest getting a good crock pot for making broth. I prefer clay pots as they season over time like a good cast iron skillet and are the safest to use for long periods of time. If you’re cooking for a family definitely get a larger crock like this one. It’s a bit of an investment upfront but they last forever and you will get your use out of it. I get 2 batches of broth out of each bag of cow bones that I purchase. Chicken bones are much smaller and one batch of bone broth is all they are good for.

You know the bones have had it when they crumble when pressed with a spoon. At that point it’s time to toss them. You can make broth once, cool and freeze the bones for later use. Simply toss the frozen bones in your crockpot, cover with clean water and start again.

I know this probably goes without saying but please get your hands on really high quality bones. Research some local butcher shops or farmers markets. Ask questions. My favorite neighborhood spot is McCalls in Los Feliz. I buy several pounds of their marrow bones and cartilage bones each month for our broth.

The key to a supportive broth is to SIMMER it the entire time. You don’t want to bring the broth to a rolling boil. It’s fine for chicken soup but for authentic bone broth use the simmer setting, or lowest setting on your crockpot. On ours it’s the WARMING setting. Keeping the broth simmering on the lowest setting helps extract the most nutrients and gives your broth a beautiful golden color. Do not salt the broth until you are ready to serve it. I prefer to salt each serving on its own with a little miso or Celtic sea salt.

Nourishing Broth by Ashley Neese

About the gelatin. You want the gelatin in your broth, that is one of the reasons for making it. I like to make sure that at least 1/3 of the bones in the broth are coming from joints—this is where the cartilage is that will breakdown in to a form that our body recognizes when we drink it – gelatin. Some folks swear by chicken feet and necks, I often use beef knuckles. You will know your broth has a good level of gelatin because it will get clumpy when chilled. Don’t worry if your broth doesn’t gel on the first try, keep practicing and always include cartilage in the broth.

There is no wrong way to make broth. It is simply bones and water. Don’t be intimated by all of this, trust your intuition and try it. Initially it was difficult to overcome my fear of handling raw bones and the heavy feelings of sadness touching these animal parts. I always say lots of prayers when I am making my broth and give loads of gratitude to the animals lives that were taken. It’s really important that we connect with this process and learn to heal our relationships with how and why we eat, as well as how and why we prepare certain foods.

Below are two recipes. The first is just for the straight up, no frills bone broth. The second is for the flavored broth, the way we like to drink it around here. I add a boost of Chinese herbs to take the soup to a new level. You can always add dried herbs to the no frills recipe too. Depending on the size crockpot you have the bone amounts will vary. My base recipe is for a 3 qt. crock pot, if yours is larger just double the recipe. You want your crock pot filled to the top with bones and water to just cover.

For overall health and wellness drink 1 cup per day. For preconception/fertility drink 1-2 cups per day. Bone broth is excellent during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. As mentioned before you can use this broth as a base in many recipes. It keeps for one week in the fridge and will last frozen for months.

Healing Broth by Ashley Neese

No Frills Bone Broth

Makes 2.5 quarts

 

Ingredients //

  • 2 lbs. grass fed, organic marrow bones
  • 1 lbs. grass fed, organic beef knuckles
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

 

Method //

Place the bones in your crock pot. Cover completely with clean water. Add the vinegar and cover. Let sit for 1 hour. Adding the vinegar helps the bones release more of their nutrients.

Set your crock pot on the lowest setting. Simmer at that low setting for 72 hours.

Allow to cool completely before storing in the fridge in glass or in the freezer in a container of your choice.

 

Ashley’s Nourishing Broth

Makes 5 quarts

 

Ingredients //

  • 5 quarts bone broth
  • 1 large bulb fennel with fronds
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard stems
  • 4 large carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 3 leeks
  • 4 stalks lemongrass
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 5 inch knob ginger
  • 5 inch knob turmeric
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 slices of dried astragalus (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp. reishi powder (optional)
  • Non soy miso
  • Fresh lemon juice

 

Method //

Roughly chop the fennel, chard stems, carrots, celery, leeks, lemongrass, garlic and add them too a large stock pot with the broth. Next add the parsley, cilantro, bay leaves, astragalus, and reishi powder. Bring to the lowest possible simmer and simmer for 1 hour until all of the veggies are well cooked.

Drain the veggies and add to your compost.

Serve warm with a bit of miso stirred in and a squeeze of lemon.

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Ok there you have it! I know this was a super long post but this is HUGE topic and there is lots of cover.

Have you made bone broth? Has it supported your wellness? I’d love to hear your experience with this incredibly healing food.

Lots of love,

xoa

32 Comments

  • Chiara

    Such an inspiring and interesting post, as always. I love checking your blog for new resources and ideas to incorporate into my own routine, thank you! While from scratch is always better, I’m wondering if the Earth blend (https://healthforce.com/superfoods-rejuvenation/earth) might make an adequate substitution for us vegans… fewer things can be as soothing and grounding as broth! xoC

    • ashley

      Hello Chiara!
      Always great to hear from you. You can add Earth Blend to water for a quick broth for sure. If you have the time I suggest making this vegan broth: http://ashleyn.wpengine.com/healing-broth/, from scratch and adding the blend for extra minerals. Once you chop everything it cooks itself.
      Hope you are having a wonderful spring!
      xoa

  • nicole

    I love this post! I also love your honesty. I know it’s kind of funny, but, I feel so grateful I found you through Instagram. Instagram can be a funny place, never knowing what is really real in someone’s life. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in….Although, I’ve realized the older I get, the less interested I am in material things, and more interested in health and honesty. I also feel like I can see the “real” people, and the “not-so-real” people. haha!
    I really want to try this bone broth. I’ve actually been waiting for you to write a post on it. I’ve seen so many out there, but wasn’t sure. We had to go through IVF to get pregnant, even though nothing was wrong with either one of us. So “they” said. We would maybe like one more, but I’m not getting any younger, so I’ve really started nourishing my body, the best I know, to see if we could do it on our own. I’ve been pregnant on my own before, so I know I can do it.
    It can really screw with your mind, especially mine :) so I need to do everything to stay spiritually connected. Anyway, thanks for all of your spirited knowledge. I just adore you. xo

    • ashley

      Hello dear Nicole!
      Thank you for writing and sharing some of your experience. I totally IG can be such a funny place because everyone is just trying to be the best! I hear that, once we tune into ourselves it’s much easier to find like minded people!
      Yes! Try the broth. As you can tell from my post it was a big challenge for me in the beginning but now I really enjoy making it mostly because it makes me feel so good.
      You are wise to start nourishing your body now to prepare. Even if you both decide to not have another one it’s great self care. And if you do, you body will be in much better place.
      Staying connected is the most important practice. I can totally imagine how that can mess with your head and it’s crucial to stay on top of that so it doesn’t steal away our precious energy and awareness for the present moment.
      I am so grateful to be on this journey with you and am really glad we connected. I look forward to learning more about your life and process.
      Sending loads of love your way this morning!!
      xoa

  • great post!
    how would you recommend keeping this broth over a period of 1-2 weeks? since i’ll be the only one drinking it i’m afraid it might go sour on me. will freezing it ruin some of the benefits?
    also, since i don’t have a crock=pot and i’m kinda scared leaving this pot simmering away all night, do you think a 4-5 hour simmer might do it? or reap at least SOME of the benefits?
    thank you so much!

    • ashley

      Hello Maya!

      Thanks so much for writing. Please forgive my slow response, we just got back from a much needed vacation!

      This broth freezes really well, that is a great thing to do if it’s just you drinking it. A tiny amount of nutrition is lost whenever we store anything, even in the fridge but nothing to be worried about at all. I freeze it all the time because I cook it such large batches, keeps things simple. I hear you about leaving the stove on all night. If you’re going to make stove top for just a few hours I suggest using chicken bones (be sure to get some feet for the collagen) as they are much smaller and easier to cook in a shorter time period. You could make this broth: http://ashleyn.wpengine.com/aromatic-winter-soup/, cooking it for a few more hours.

      Even a 4-5 hour homemade chicken bone broth is going to have loads of nutrients and be superior compared to anything you will find in a can/box. Please reach out if you have any more questions and keep me posted!
      xoa

  • Oooooo

    so interesting
    why is it so nourishing? and so good for conception?
    i really want to start drinking this – can you just start a broth company so i can just subscribe to weekly broth delivery!
    pllllleeeeease

    think about it
    ;)

    xx

    also – ps – on a more serious note – my dad is in town and we had dinner tonight – of course the topic of who am i dating (no one) came up and the since-i’m-in-my-30’s-check-ins-about-having-a-baby questions where tossed around – one thing lead to another and somehow he started asking me awkward questions about the state and health of my reproductive organs – asking if they were all in order to have a baby – i navigated it well i think – just said “ya, i think so, we will find out” – i am sure the couple sitting at the table next to us had a good laugh about that conversation on their car ride home – but between that and reading this post it has got me thinking about really getting ready – and doing it not giving a damn if i am in a relationship or not. i totally believe in the whole “if you build it – they will come” wisdom (thank you Fields of Dreams). after i sort out some other more pressing health issues i want to start to really focus on getting my body ready. you can never start too soon. so thanks for sharing so openly and triggering that desire in me to put a little bit more love and intention into that place of my life and body. love you! always. xx

    • ashley

      Hey love!
      Always so happy to hear from you!!
      I would love to subscribe to a broth delivery too ;) I just posted on 10 of my favorite fertility foods, including this broth.
      I know those conversations all too well and yes, taking care of your reproductive health now is so important. It’s like getting our homes ready for relationships. I remember moving to LA and wanting to be in a relationships. At the time I only owned one set of towels, silverware, plates…..My coach at the time suggested I create space for my future partner, like be ready for them to show up. I bought those things, cleared out a drawer in my dresser and just generally created the energetic space for them to come in to my life. It took a while but it was such an important practice because it’s all about being proactive. You don’t have to wait to take care of yourself and nourish your body for a babe. You can start right now and be much more empowered. Love you so much and can’t wait to see you soon!! xo

  • I love that you listened to yourself here, Ashley! I love your writing and I feel your heart! I started doing broth for a while when living in the cold, but my body says a definite no here in Florida!!! So interesting how much we can shift with weather and all other things. Love you!

    • ashley

      Carly! What a treat to hear from you. I adore everything you share and it’s lovely to connect around this. Yes, weather plays such a role in my food choices too! We were just in Kaua’i and I couldn’t get enough salad and sprouts. We shift so much and I am grateful to be in a community with women like you that remind me listening to our bodies is such profound work. Lots of love and light to you! xoa

  • PATTI

    I am not in any way, shape or form interested in becoming pregnant (lol I have 3 wonderful children) but I am interested in keeping my body in the best physical and spiritual shape that I can be – I am 71 years old. I wish that I had come to the understanding of taking care of ME a long time ago, but be that as it may, I really enjoyed reading your blog and I plan to try to make a lot of your recipes and try to get myself in better shape I have begun taking classes in Tai Chi. Unfortunately, I have had lots of lower back pain since my 30’s and I have had enough. Now, for the rest of my life, I am going to try — NO — NOT JUST TRY –, I am going to concentrate on making myself the best that I can be and feel. I was a Reiki Master and Teacher and Massage Therapist before I retired with this bad back of mine. I wish you much happiness in your future endeavors, and I hope to follow your blog and your sage advice. You seem to truly be an Old Soul and I mean that as a complement.
    Patti

    • ashley

      Hello Patti,

      It is so great to hear from you, thanks for reaching out and sharing with us. I love hearing that you are decisive in making the best possible life for yourself. I am very inspired by your words this evening, they are coming to me at the perfect time. My Mom always says there are no mistakes in life, and this feels like one of those times. Make the recipes for YOU! Nourishing our bodies is the foundation for self care and there is no time like the present. Go for it! Tai Chi is such a beautiful and meditative practice. Please keep me posted on everything. I am grateful to connect to you. Wishing you a peaceful evening. Lots of love. xoa

  • Angelina

    Hi Ashley! I went through my bone broth from Erewhon successfully! After a few weeks of being without it I decided to make the commitment of making my own. Which made me have to have a conversation with my husband that he may have to take over the process of making it. I must say it was an experience. Just the beginning process of shopping for the bones …. the packaging, the look, asking for bones from the back butcher and hearing them get them prepared for me made so many thoughts come up. Why was I doing this? Is it really needed? Am I just doing it to try something new because people I admire are saying its a good thing? Just hours into it I was so tempted to throw it out. It is not a fun, pretty, relaxing process as all the other “cooking” projects i have taken on. After the batch was done it just was not edible for me. So I took the extra step to add some veggies and simmer real quick. This may have messed up the process of keeping all the nutrients in???
    After a few weeks into having a cup a day I am so happy I stuck to my initial intuition of the process of making the broth. I feel so relaxed and centered after drinking it and I must say the next morning my skin is happy! I feel from reading your posts I am really finding the confidence in listing to my intuition and body. I never thought that listening to myself and what I truly wanted was a confidence I needed in myself. I looked at it as laziness (which may be some of it) :-) Thank you for your amazing recipes and your ability to reach people to truly do and feel what is inside them. i guess this turned out to me more than just bone broth comment. hah!
    Hope all is well! XO Angelina

    • ashley

      Hello Angelina!
      I loved reading your thoughts and experiences! Thank you for sharing so honestly here. This is exactly why I created this blog, share as much as you like ;)
      I hear you about making the broth in the beginning, it’s totally weird, smelly and not glorious at all! I am grateful to hear that you trusted your intuition and went with it – that is HUGE! Your experience speaks for itself, you listened to your body and it felt good, there is your answer.
      A quick simmer with the veggies is fine, we do that all the time. Some of the nutrients will be lost but nourishment is about so much more than minerals. The radical act of self care that you are practicing by cooking for yourself in this way is incredibly healing and adds to the deep nourishment of the broth. Thank you again for sharing, I am super inspired after reading your words! Wishing you a beautiful weekend and happy bone broth making! xoa

  • Audra

    Greetings Ashley,
    I have been following your blog for several months now, you have been such an inspiration and fabulous resource for me as I find my way towards healthier living for myself and my new little family. My hubby and I have been blessed with our first child in February of 2015, she is such a joy! We both are conscious about our holistic way of living and look forward to sharing these practices with our daughter. Hubby has Crohn’s disease and I battle with insulin and PCOS health concerns of my own. Being a new mommy has sort of derailed me from preparing healthier meals (being organized in general). Working towards finding a balance as baby will be starting solids very soon!
    I have just returned from the market and picked up a few lbs of organic marrow bones to prepare this bone broth, the no frills version. I am wondering what knowledge you have to share about using this as an alternative to dairy milk for baby in the future when she’s beginning solid foods. She is exclusively breast fed and I plan to keep it this way for as long as she’s comfortable with it! In our house we rarely ingest dairy, so we are looking for great alternatives! Thank you for sharing your time and gifts-many thanks and great blessings!

  • Sumaia

    Thanks for the thorough article! I have been having organic chicken bone broth for almost 7 months now! It is miraculous! I can see how allergies, asthma and other health issues I have become mild :)
    This is my daily morning routine! I can swear by it :)

  • Marine

    Hi Ashley! I have a question about making bone broth. Do you add more water as it cooks and the broth evaporates? I find that half of mine is gone after 48h even though I’m using the lowest temperature setting. Do you have the same happen to you?
    Your recipes and website are fabulous. I came across your profile on IG today and I’m so HOOKED.

    Love xoxo

  • Alison

    Hi Ashley!
    I just ‘fired up’ my vitaclay crockpot and am starting to make the broth but I can’t figure out how to set it to Warm. I tried calling them to no avail, so I thought I’d just ask ya since it’s the one you use. Thanks so much…and Happy New Year!

    • ashley

      Hi Alison! Great to hear from you! With the vitaclay you cook the bone broth on the lowest setting for as many hours as possible and then the pot will click over into warming mode and stay on warming mode until you turn it off. Hope that helps! Please keep me posted. Wishing you a wonderful new year! xoa

  • K.

    Hi! Could you please comment more specifically about the benefits you experienced with bone broth? I’d really like to know — as it is a very new practice for me. You mention digestive health — what did you notice and after how much time??? …. And did it affect your skin (I’ve heard it even helps to firm sagging skin and smooth wrinkles! :-)) Thank you!

    • ashley

      Hi! Yes, it’s been great for my skin, and hair. Bone broth has also helped reduce inflammation and helped me recover quickly from intense workouts. Everyone will experience different benefits. I noticed after about 1 month of drinking it daily. Enjoy! xoa

  • Susan D

    Hi, When I was diagnosed with Osteopenia and didn’t not want to take prescription medications, I research alternatives for helping my condition. One of the suggestions was drinking nourishing broth. Also I want to drink the broth for the other benefits. Hence, I found your recipe, which I am very thankful. The first batch I made with deer bones as I am married to a hunter. The cooking process in the crock pot for 3 days was not very aromatic, to say the least, but the broth was delicious, and I could drink the no frills bone broth. My second batch which I recently made was a combination of beef and deer, the crockpot was banished to the garage and I could not drink No Frills style. Hence, I made your your Nourishing Broth recipe. Nevertheless, I have some questions. My broth was very gelatin like and only made a 6 cups. I added 12 C. of water. By adding water does that change the nourishing benefit? Also, can you use all those wonderful ingredients as “veggie” type soup instead of throwing them away in a compost?
    Thank you for your recipes, have a healthy and happy New Year.
    Cheers, Sue

    • ashley

      Hello Susan,

      Thank you so much for writing and sharing some of your story with us. It is great to hear from you! It’s totally fine to add more water to your broth as it does get very gelatinous when cooking, especially with beef and deer bones. That will not change the health benefits, it will dilute the broth a bit but as long as you drink it all you will get the nutrients you need. Feel free to eat any of those other ingredients as well, that is fine!

      Wishing you a wonderful new year and enjoy perfecting your broth recipes!
      xo

  • How long would you cook it if you were doing a whole chicken? I have tried the beef and cannot tolerate the smell or the feel. I barely tolerate the chicken. The directions I have don’t say to take the bones out when they crumble with slight pressure, it also says to add more chicken after 2 days and keep cooking. Thanks for any help, I am about to give up on this and I am doing a bone broth fast. I am on day 6 and didn’t drink the broth the last 2 days, am going to try again today.

    • ashley

      Hi Elaine,
      Thanks for reaching out. When I make bone broth with a whole chicken I typically make it with a chicken that has been roasted. I put the roasted chicken in the pot with water and a few veggies for flavor and cook it on the lowest setting for 24 hours. I’ve heard of people cooking it up to 7 days, when the bones crumble, etc but I don’t like the flavor of it at all and cannot drink it. There are so many methods to this and that is the one that works best for me. I also find I get plenty of nutrients cooking it for a shorter time, one because I will actually drink it and two because I am not using raw chicken.
      All the best with your fast! x

  • Cameron

    Thank you. thank you for sharing this recipe! I’m going to try this, that is if I get much time. I’ve been drinking Au Bon Broth for some time now and it didn’t disappoint. It’s really delicious, (I’m drinking it like a tea), and it’s actually organic. I did’t believe there would be any changes but drinking it really made me more energetic and I look healthier.

    • ashley

      Hi Cameron,
      Please do let us know when you make the recipe and what your experiences are! I know it’s time consuming and understand that it takes getting used to. It is great to read about the benefits you are experiencing too, pretty amazing from a broth right?! Wishing you a wonderful week. x

  • Tree Bear

    Hi there, thanks so much for the recipe! I had a question about what to do with all the fat that rises to the surface once the broth cools. Do you strain the fat before drinking the broth? I had heard recently that there is a lot of nutrients in the animal fat, but it seems so against what I had been taught in the past. Whenever I used to make broths/soups, I would usually try to skim the fat, but now am unsure. I am making a batch right now and it is quite full of all kinds of unappetizing blobs of fat/marrow/something! Thoughts?

    • ashley

      Hello, thanks for reaching out. My apologies for the slow response, it’s been a busy week!
      I usually strain the tough pieces of fat after I cook it as the majority of the fat should be in liquid form at that point. You will notice when you chill the broth that a layer of fat will form at the top and will melt as you reheat the broth. This is normal.

      Just strain off any bits that don’t turn into liquid.

      Enjoy!

      • Tree Bear

        Thanks so much–it’s a great recipe–I love the combination of vegetables & I’m feeling the positive effects of drinking the broth.

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