Xena: Hiya friends. I get to post one of my favorites today, so I’m going to give you my favorite beverage recipe. I know it’s supposed to be fruits, but I already gave you my favorite fruit in a previous post: apples. I’m a rebel, a schnauzer without a cause, a..
Lucy: You’re off topic, Xe.
Oh, right. Beef bone broth. Can you believe it takes two whole days to make? Seriously! I promise I’m not egg-zagerating.
Lucy: She’s not.
Xena: Like I woofed, my recipe is called Beef Bone Broth. I get it at lunch to help make my poopie softer.
Lucy: Please don’t talk about food and poopie in the same sentence.
Xena: I’m not! I’m talking about drinks and poopie. Sheesh!
So, do you know how good bone broth is for you? Here’s some of the things the recipe says about it:
- Builds and maintains the immune system
- Is a great source of collagen , calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, sodium and zinc
- Provides chondroitin, which is good for joint pain, arthritis and increases the body’s shock-absorbing properties (like when we jump of the bed or even the kitchen table)
- Is high in amino acids, which means it’s anti-inflamatory. It helps prevent chronic illness
Here’s what some of the raw beef bones look like. You can use other kinds of bones, as long as they have lots of marrow and gelatin. You can even make turkey or lamb or goat bone broth!
Dump the bones into a crockpot. Cover them with filtered water, so the water comes 1 to 2 inches over the bones. Add raw organic apple cider vinegar. For a small batch, use 2-4 Tbsp, and for a big bath (which I guarantee you’ll want!) add 1/4-1/2 cup. You can add extra goodies such as garlic (it’s ok, really!), ginger, kelp, mushrooms, fennel, carrots, or dog-safe herbs. Mom doesn’t add anything cause I love it just like it is.
Turn your crockpot on low or around 300F degrees (150C) and leave to cook for about 48 hours. The longer it cooks, the more nutrients will extract from the bones.
After a couple of days – see, I told you I wasn’t egg-zagerating – strain the bones out of the broth and throw them away.
The bones will look like this.
It’s very, very, very important that you throw the bones away *sigh*. Cooked bones can splinter and are very dangerous for us to eat. If there’s any meat left on them, it can be pulled off and we’ll happily eat it!
Let the broth cool and scrape the fat off the top. Mommy waits to scrape off the fat until it cools good in the fridge. She thinks it’s easier that way. The fat is where animals hold their toxins, so you don’t wanna dump those toxins into us, right? Now, if you use bones from grass-fed, pasture-raised animals, go ahead and eat the fat!
Here’s the finished product, all packaged and labeled neatly in 12 ounce jars. We got four jars this time.
Hey Mommy, you labeled the jars wrong. It should say bone broth not beef broth. Sheesh, you can’t get good help these days. She re-uses jars, so ignore the almond butter label on the side of the jar.
Be sure to leave a coupla inches headspace if you use glass jars or they will break in the freezer. (Mommy can attest to that.) You can also use silicone molds.
Mmmm. I can’t wait for lunchtime!
Xena Schnauzer Warrior Princess
We’re joining Wordless Wednesday at Comedy Plus. Thanks, Sandee
Now that Xena’s happy, let me (the Mom) give you my favorite fruit recipe. Tuscan Apple Cake.