Bone Broth Benefits: How to Incorporate Into Your Holiday Season Recipes
There are a great deal of bone broths now out on the market. Whether they are sold in your local grocery store or ordered from a broth delivery service, there is no doubt that these broths hold a vast nutritional benefit. Knowing how to choose the most nutritious broth however can be confusing. Many consumers often get tricked into buying more “stocks” vs. broths; stocks tend to have much lower mineral/protein content. Here are a few tips to help you choose the highest quality product.
Ideally broths should typically simmer for a very long period of time (often in excess of 24 hours), with the purpose not only to produce gelatin from collagen-rich joints but also to release minerals from bones. Choosing a high quality bone that is from a sustainable organic farm is also essential, as the intent is avoiding needless antibiotics or hormones in your broth. When purchasing a premade broth look for these details on the label.
Why bone broth is good for you
Gelatin and collagen from bones help repair damaged muscle tissue as well as coat bone joints= decreased pain/improved movement
Helps aid in digestion and absorption of nutrients
Promotes supple/strengthened skin/nails/hair
How to Use Bone Broth
Drink it plain with a little salt, ground pepper and crushed garlic or seasoning of choice. Add turmeric, ginger and lemon for added anti-inflammatory/immunity boost.
Braise & Roast Meats with broth to promote more moist/higher protein preparations
Soups & Stews can use broth as a base
Cook/boil with rice or lentils or grain of choice
How to Store Bone Broth
Bone broth can be stored in the refrigerator for no more than a week. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays, and transfer the frozen cubes of broth to a re-sealable freezer bag where they will keep for 6 months.
If you haven’t yet tried bone broth, I highly recommend it! Milkandeggs.com have quite a few quality broths available for purchase on their site. Check it out!
- Megan Sewards MS, RD