While I made and used homemade chicken stock in my cooking when Mila was a baby, I only learnt about bone broths and their value when I went on the GAPS diet when Mila was 2 years old. How I wish I had known about them earlier.
Broth/stock can be used as the liquid when making pasta, grains, boiled veggies, soups, stews, gravies and sauces. It can be used to sauté or roast vegetables or as a marinade for meat. You and your little one can also drink it on its own – this is especially useful when they are unwelland refusing to eat anything. According to the Sally Fallon Morell (author of Nourishing Traditions), bone broth can be introduced as a cooking ingredient and as a drink when your little one is 6 months old.
I drink atleast 1 cup / day. Instead of afternoon tea – I have afternoon broth!
Bone broths are so easy to make and are a really affordable way to include nutrient-dense foods in your little one’s diet.
They are an immune boosting, rich source of easily absorbed calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and other trace minerals that support the adrenal glands and the growth of strong bones and teeth.
The gelatine which leaches from the bones is a good source of protein. Geltaine also supports the body’s connective tissues, promotes healthy hair, skin, teeth and nails, improves digestion, allergies, immune health, brain health, and much more.
I am particularly excited by the fact that bone broths can be made from food that you, or the butcher, would otherwise throw away. Whenever you have a roast chicken, a lamb stew or any other meal that includes meat with a bone – keep the bones in a Ziploc bag in your freezer. When you have approximately 2kg’s of bones, put them in a slow cooker and make a large pot of bone broth.
Alternatively ask your local butcher for a bag of bones – they are incredibly cheap! You can also use bones with the meat still on (like a whole chicken) which will make a really rich bonebroth – and there will be ready-cooked meat for you to add to other meals!
Makes 3 litres
These measurements are for a 6.5 liter slow cooker.
Preparation on the stove:
You can also prepare the stock on the stove top following the same procedure. The pot you cook the stock in should be covered and allowed to simmer on the lowest possible stove setting for 6 hours in total.
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