Homemade Soup is for the soul!
We have heard this saying for years and years!
It must be true I mean there is a whole slew of books that are so popular over 500 million books have been sold!
So where does the saying come from? And what do you think of when you are lying in bed not feeling great – a nice hot bowl of homemade chicken soup?
Guess what? There is something to be said of this old wise tale.
Several studies show the health benefits are substantial enough that it is not just to treat a cold but to maintain overall health every day!
Boiling Bones is nothing new, but it has become BIG business. Thanks to the ever-popular Paleo and Ketogenic Diets it has become stylish to drinks cups of frothy broth for breakfast!
Good news – you can make this homemade medicine at home in a lot less time with our awesome InstantPot that has pushed our slower cooker off the counter.
Don’t worry all you plant-based readers – making Vegetable broth can be just as beneficial minus the animal protein and collagen – I will share my secret to super affordable vegetable broth that I keep in my fridge all the time in next week’s blog post!
Today however I am going to share my InstantPot recipe for Bone Broth and all the benefits you can reap by incorporating bone broth into your diet.
|Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion:
Gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion
Caused by cold and flu viruses, etc.: A study published over a decade ago found that chicken soup indeed has medicinal qualities, significantly mitigating infection
|Reduces joint pain and inflammation, courtesy of chondroitin sulfates, glucosamine, and other compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage||Fights inflammation:
Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects.
Arginine has been found to be particularly beneficial for the treatment of sepsis (whole-body inflammation).
Glycine also has calming effects, which may help you sleep better
|Promotes strong, healthy bones:
Bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation
|Promotes healthy hair and nail growth,
Thanks to the gelatin in broth
I have to admit – I never entertained the idea of making bone broth for a few reasons. The thought of something cooking for a few days on my stove top or in the crockpot did not thrill me. Neither did the never-ending smell of boiling bones excite me. So, I never bothered. I might have to go it ago now that I have done it in the InstantPot so I can compare the flavor.
Step one is to find the bones for your broth. While most butchers will have them available to purchase, I did require the bones to be from organically raised animals, so it required a bit more research. You can purchase online here – or just call around until you are satisfied you are getting best possible to make your broth. I like to think of Garbage In = Garbage Out.
- 3-4 pounds Organic Grass Fed Beef or Chicken Bones
- 1 onion cut in half
- 3-4 gloves of garlic cut in half – no need to peel
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 Bay leaf
- 2 carrots
- 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- Water – if possible used filtered water
Set Oven temp to 350ºF degrees
Spread bones on a pan and roast for 60 minutes – I used a sheet pan lined with parchment paper for easy cleanup! For the best flavor do not skip this step!
- While bones are roasting put all other ingredients in the pot of Pressure Cooker
- Add bones when done roasting
- Fill instant to max fill line with water
- Put the lid on and be sure to seal pot
- Set cooker on high pressure for 90 minutes
- When finished release pressure slowly
- Strain broth with wire mesh strainer – do not discard bones, you can reuse them 1 or 2 more times (I freeze them in between uses)
- Put broth in the refrigerator overnight
- Remove and discard fat that has solidified on top of the broth
- Separate broth into containers for storage – keeps about 5 days in fridge or 2-3 months in the freezer.
Mason Jars are perfect for storing because of the wide mouth for easy pouring. And you can freeze in them.
Fill jars with liquid – leave a pretty good amount of space from the top of the jar. DO NOT PUT LID ON YET! Put in freezer and freeze – remove from freezer and add the top.