|Those feet look gross, but you can see she had lovely long fingernails. Eeeeww!|
Here, from the PCC Newsletter, are the benefits of bone broth:
I have been drinking my beef bone broth midday, as a tea, and I see it would be a good idea to sip some before bed, as well.Boosts immunity – The high essential mineral and amino acid content has been proven to speed recovery from colds and flus.Phlegm fighter – Cysteine, an amino acid found in chicken bones, actually thins mucus, making it easier to clear.Anti-inflammatory – Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates stimulate collagen growth, repair joint damage, and reduce pain and inflammation.Improves digestion – Gelatin restores digestive health and combats leaky gut. It also makes for shiny hair and strong nails!Promotes relaxation – Glycine, an amino acid, is calming and helps promote restful sleep. Calcium and magnesium work as muscle relaxants and promote bone health.
A few notes on the cooking and packaging:
I only cooked the chicken broth for about 8 hours, instead of overnight as I did the beef, according to the instructions from PCC Coop. And, oops! I missed where it said for chicken or turkey to reduce the apple cider vinegar from ½ cup to 2 to 3 tablespoons. I thought it smelled a bit vinegary while it was cooking. It tastes fine, thank goodness, as I have quite a bit of it.
I didn’t roast the bones first this time, hence the pale color. Although roasting the bones, and even the veggies, adds a delicious flavor, I saw a comment in the Wellness Mama’s blog about AGEs -advanced glycolsylated end products. I have read elsewhere that the brown bits of caramelization that taste so good are not good for us. With everything else we cook and eat, I don’t know whether it is significant to avoid them in the broth, but I do plan on drinking some pretty much every day, so I skipped that step.I had learned with the beef broth that it’s easiest to strain the bones through a large strainer, and then strain individual portions later through a smaller one. With the chicken broth there wasn’t much that got through the large one, but I did use both.
I am experimenting with packaging, using glass jars and quart-size freezer bags. In our disorganized freezer, items tend to drop out on the floor while I’m rummaging around, and I know from experience that glass and plastic shatter when cold. If the freezer bags work well, it will save room and a potential mess. (Yes, I notice they're not labeled. When putting stuff in, it always looks so obvious what is in the package...)
I'm sipping my first cup as I type, and it is very nice : )