Super Simple Homemade Broth

chicken soupIt’s winter and REALLY cold in some parts of the country.  One of my favorite meals in the winter is soup or stew.  I really think I could eat it every day!

Something I have learned in the last couple of years is the difference homemade broth makes in soup or stew.  Broth makes soup so rich and tasty.  It just adds a certain something to the taste that is quite remarkable.  Homemade broth is also excellent for your health.  Some of its benefits are:  excellent source of minerals, immune system booster, improves digestion and it has a high collagen content which makes it fantastic for joints, skin, hair and nails.

And, on top of all this it’s super simple to make.  Start with about 2 pounds of chicken or beef bones.  It’s best to get bones from organic chickens or grass fed cows.  Place the bones in a big stockpot.  Fill the pot with water – about 2 gallons.  You can add other things into the pot as well such as onions, carrots and celery.  Apple cider vinegar is also a great thing to add as the acid makes the nutrients from the bones more available.  Bring this to a boil, cover the pot and then turn down to simmer.  If you are making chicken broth you simmer the broth for 24 hours.  Beef broth should simmer 48 hours.  When time is up let the broth cool and then discard the bones and veggies (if you added them).  Freeze the broth in medium containers – big enough for broth for one soup recipe.

Try this and you will never buy store bought broth again!

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