Easy Chicken (bone) Broth
Bone broth based soups are incredibly healthy for you and have tons of nutritional benefit and yet no one seems to make these anymore. I am not one for spouting on and on about the science and research so go here and here for some great information, I just want to provide healthy easy recipes. Just remember people have been making broth this way for thousands of years, and they may have been healthier than we are today! Why do you think people always want to have soup when we are sick, our body craves the nutrients….now lets give it what it wants.
Ok lets get down to the easy part, really, super duper (even you can’t complain) very EZ chicken broth.
Step 1 : Buy a rotisserie chicken (Costco has great gluten free chicken that tastes awesome, we buy @ 3-4 a month)
Step 2: Eat the chicken (This is a great fast easy dinner, serve with salad. Slice and save any meat you want for later)
Step 3: Put chicken carcass in crock pot (this can be done anytime you wish, put the carcass in the fridge if you want to start it later)
Step 4: Fill crock pot with water (very full – cover the chicken)
Step 5: Cook on low for 24 hours (this might get hard, you may need to hit the button for the crock pot 2 or 3 times)
Step 6: Filter out the chicken bits through a strainer and enjoy a large batch of your own meaty delicious chicken broth! Add salt and seasonings to taste, more water if the broth condensed too much and store in the fridge or freezer for later use.
So there you have it, easy chicken broth and you didn’t even need to break a sweat. Plus for $5-$7 dollars you had chicken for dinner, possibly some meat left over for the soup or lunch meat later and a whole lot of broth. Try it once, you will be hooked!
Variations and information:
You can also take the time to add some chopped vegetables such as onion, carrot or celery. Personally I prefer the clean meaty flavor and then add my vegetables when I make soup, but this would be the perfect place to use up some of the ‘less than perfect’ veggie specimens in your fridge. Also 1 tsp. vinegar is supposed to help with the mineral extraction from the bones.
If you start the broth in the morning you can take out enough to make a quick soup at dinner and then add in more water for the overnight cooking.
I heard a rumor that bone broth soup could even help with cellulite and joint tissues problems, check it out.