Bone broth, you know it’s good for you yet sometimes you simply can’t drink one more cup, or get your kids to drink another cup for that matter.
You aren’t sure what bone broth even is? To make a long story short, it’s like magic in a cup. It is a broth made from simmering bone for several hours on the stove top or in a crockpot. If you have Instant Pot or other pressure cooker you can make a batch in 4 hours versus 12 plus.
To learn more about bone broth go head over here. For the quick recipe here it is:
- Bones from your roast chicken, beef, whatever
- White wine or apple cider vinegar
- Unrefined Salt
Place the bones in a large pot. Cover with water plus a few extra inches. Add a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or white wine. Leave it for 30 minutes. Come back, add the salt, cover, and simmer to at least 12 hours. Check every hour or so to be sure the water level stays above the top of the bones. Or cook in the crockpot on low heat for 12 to 24 hours.
There are many reasons to make your own bone broth:
- It is amazing for you
- It is easy to make
- Practically Free
- Tastes like heaven
Back to being bored with that same old cup of broth, try any of these 10 ways to use more bone broth every day. Maybe even at every meal! It won’t seem so boring anymore.
10 Ways to Use More Bone Broth Every Day
1. Make Broth Ice Cubes
You made a big batch of broth but you aren’t in a soup mood? No problem, free some of the broth in an ice cube tray. You can take them out later to add a few to a smoothie for a nourishing boost, believe me, you won’t be able to taste it or keep the cubes on had to pop a few into a skillet when you need a bit of broth.
2. Cook Rice
White rice is king in my house, I prefer it for its ability to take on flavors, as well as lack of phytic acid and lower arsenic levels than brown rice. Read more about why I prefer it here.
White rice is the star of the show in Mexico, as well as most Central and South American, and Asain countries. In Mexico, every flavorful traditional rice starts with homemade broth. You could use cubes or powder but why waste the money on something that isn’t healthy and doesn’t taste as good?
3. Cook Pasta
Pasta makes for a quick and tasty meal. There are many smart pasta options out there. Brown rice and other gluten-free options are nice, but I’ll be honest and say that prefer Jovial’s Einkorn pasta, or if I am looking to save several pennies, the organic semolina pasta from my local Costco.
Boil your pasta in bone broth instead of water. Drain it into a bowl and save the starchy broth to thicken and flavor a soup.
4. In Pasta Sauce
Bone broth is an awesome way to add more nutrients to a tomato based pasta sauce (or really a cream based one as well). It elevates the falvor of the sauce, mingling with the garlic, onions, and tomatoes for a punch of umami, AKA God’s natural precursor to MSG.
5. Mashed Potatoes
When you are making your next batch of mashed potatoes swap out some of the milk or cream for bone broth.
6. To Sautee Vegetables
Sauteing vegetables in bone broth instead of water is one of the simplest ways to add a bit broth to your meal.
7. Make Gravy
Gravy should always have broth in it, yes even white gravy. No one is going to guess that their plate of sausage gravy and biscuits has bone broth sneaked in.
Bone broth is the foundation for delicious gravy. Think of how Thanksgiving feels incomplete without make gravy from the drippings and juices, they are flavor!
8. Dehydrate It
When you are short on time it is easy to want to reach for bouillon powder or cubes. One way to avoid it is simply not buying them. If you want the convenience of having it on hand you can make a concentrated bone broth to dehydrate and save for trips or those days when you need broth for a recipe but don’t have time to make it.
9. In Soups and Stews
Bone broth is the foundation for many soups and stews. It is key in soups like Nourishing Ramen Bowl and Sizzling Rice Soup, but it also makes a wonderful base for many vegetables like Creamy Tomato Soup.
10. Sip on a Cup of It
Sometimes there is nothing better than sipping on a cup of freshly made chicken bone broth. It soothes and nourishes the mind and body. Simply wrapping your hands around the fragrant cup of broth can start your the process.
Add a sprinkle of unrefined salt, maybe a sprinkle of black pepper and turmeric, and a spoon of coconut oil and you have a nourishing and healing cup of broth. If you feel fancy rip up a few leaves of flat leaf parsley.