Bone Broth – my deep set passion.
Bone broth is fast becoming very popular! It is currently the number 1 Superfood in America.
One thing to think about with the increasing popularity is:
‘The quality of bones and where they are sourced from’.
Well done to you for making your own broth. Ethics and values are important with sourcing bones. Fantastic to be using bones. Usually the bones would be used as pet food, fertilizer, gelatin or wasted in a rubbish dump. Years ago we would eat the ‘whole animal’.
If an animal is to be slaughtered for our consumption of the meat it would be ethical not to waste the rest. My Nanna Hayse used to always say: ‘the only part of the pig you don’t eat is the oink!’
Quality of bones:
Grass fed v’s Grain fed
Not everyone can afford organic. Organic does not always mean grass fed. Please ask your butcher where the bones have come from and how they have been fed. We are now becoming more aware of our food sources. If you don’t have a reliable butcher try and purchase your bones from a farm gate, farmers market or even reputable suppliers online.
Ask about how the animal has been raised and fed. Looking the farmer in the eye and asking the question helps him to be more truthful with his answers.
This link is to my facebook group @BoneBrothBasics if you need any support or help with sourcing bones in your area.
Grass fed is your next best option. Cows eat grass naturally, NOT grain.
Grain fed cows are ‘usually’ given various medications to prevent medical complications that may arise from eating the grain.
If purchasing bones note the colour. They need to look fresh, crisp and white. Not dull and grey. Connective tissue and fat on the bone helps with the gelatin/nutrients. The connective tissue helps form the fat layer that can be used for cooking or preserving.
If you are going to take the time to cook bone broth or pay to purchase the broth try to use the best quality bones/broth you can get.
The broth is for healing purposes, NOT to add in more toxins!
This is Dandelion my newest calf with her mumma Daisy. We treat her like a pet and give her love and attention. In return she gives us beautiful quality meat and the most amazing bones. I am grateful to know where the meat/bones have come from.
Our cows not certified organic, we don’t use sprays or medications just grass and her mother’s milk.
Here is to healing!