Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Benefits of Making Your Own Stock

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Beef stock using bits of beef, beef bones, and leftover veggie scraps including dandelion greens (Yes!! It's extremely nutritious. Just find a place away from cars and dogs.) and carrots.

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Turkey stock using turkey neck and trimmings, turkey bones and leftover vegetables scraps including cabbage.

I learned this tip well over two decades ago from a wise mama of many who was happy to pass down beneficial information to a mama (me) who truly wanted to learn to optimize nutrition in the home kitchen. I keep the bones, meat trimmings, and vegetable scraps in the freezer until I am ready to make the broth. Sometimes I make a small batch and others, I make large ones. I use stainless steel or enamel ware pots and sometimes, if it is a small batch, my crockpots.

I have always heard the terms used interchangeably, but recently learned from Nourished Kitchen that there is a difference in the terms stock, broth, and bone broth. Click the link to learn what the differences are.

In case you are wondering....

"What kind of nutritional benefits does bone broth offer? Bone broth is a source of minerals, like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium,  and potassium, in forms that your body can easily absorb. It’s also rich in glycine and proline, amino acids not found in significant amounts in muscle meat (the vast majority of the meat we consume).  It also contains chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain. Finally, “soup bones” include collagen, a protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals, which is abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.  (The breakdown of collagen in bone broths is what produces gelatin.)" read more from The Whole 9 on the health benefits of bone broth.

Underground Wellness has this to say: "Bone broth is loaded with glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). In fact, I’m absolutely certain that you’ve heard of one of them — glucosamine. Yep, those supplements that seemingly everyone is taking for joint health contain one of the GAGs we get from consuming bone broth. You know me, I’m a food-first kind of guy. Here’s just one of the reasons why I prefer Real Food over supplementation…Notice I said that glucosamine is just one of the GAGs contained in bone broth. When you consume broth you also get chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and likely a bunch of other equally important GAGs that have yet to be discovered."

Read here and here and here or do your own studies to learn the incredible health benefits due to the nutrition in bone broth. If made from vegetable scraps and bones from chicken and turkey that the meat has been picked off of, it is mainly made from stuff people have been throwing away. It contains the same things people are purchasing in pill form at high prices in the health food stores. Due to lost knowledge, we are literally throwing money away!

Happy Cooking!

I Corinthians 12:24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.