I finally managed to make decent beef bone broth : perfect jello. How many bone broth do you eat, and what are your (health) experiences with it?
I make my own..usually use it as a base for stews and curries...delicious...I have also rendered my own fat from the suet that I had butchered in the fall. I am friends with someone that raises cows as a hobby and asked to raise it to my specs, he gives me quite a lot of bones and suet as most people don't know what to do with them...very lucky I do, as I make the best stews and curries around!!!
I have mostly beef stock, but sometimes chicken. I use it for breakfast soups, cooking potatoes and other root vegetables, to make sauces for meat dishes, or to give a little more flavor to green beans or other vegetables.
I eat it in breakfast soup everyday or nearly everyday.
I make it because I like how it tastes in soups and sauces, BUT I have really really bad sensitivity to gluten (see note), and I noticed that having beef stock everyday has helped me not feel so lousy after I eat grains. For example, normally if I eat grains I end up vomiting the next day, plus I get ugly "ring blisters" on my hands, but as long as I have beef stock everyday I don't get those problems.
So I guess the gelatin helps my intestines! :-)
Note/Edit: I grew up eating grains (bread, popcorn, etc), cheese everyday, spinach, tomatoes, potatoes, but since a couple months ago (?) all these things make me vomit. BUT if I drink bone broth every day, these things don't bother me anymore and I can eat them without vomiting. (See the GAPS diet which heals leaky gut)
I would eat it everyday if I could! I occasionally get a big bag of bones from local farmer and I live in heaven for 3 weeks. A $2 dollar bag lasts me the whole day, eat the meat in the morning and save the juice and fat for night to make soup (w/ some kind of veg) Pure awesome!
I make it a priority to consume. I make a batch in a giant stockpot, and go through about a gallon a week. I cook my rice in it without water, cook my veggies in it, reduce it to make glazes/sauces and basically eat it however I can.
I don't have health problems, so it's hard to point out anything it's fixed, though consuming it pretty much ensures perfect digestion. It does seem to make me feel better overall and somewhat increase satiety. Energy seems a little higher, and if I drink it when I'm tired or cold, I feel rejuvenated
On the subject of broth, what is the nutritional value of beef or chicken stock sold at the butchers? Obviously stock has the solid ingredients removed, but what about the proteins and other nutrients?
EDIT: I mean, what does it lack nutritionally compared to broth?
I try to have about a cup a day. Still working on getting into the rhythm of making enough of it, and sourcing bones. If it is beef, I usually make it into a simple soup, because I don't like the taste of straight beef broth. As for health experiences, I can't point to anything specific, although I have been feeling pretty good lately :). I personally find that bone broth soup is an awesome rehydrator after a winter workout.
I make a double crockpot batch of bone broth every 2 weeks. Mostly I use it for stews, but I'll drink a cup if I'm hungry and no food is handy. I always warm it up first. THe gelatin version is kind of really disgusting to me for textural reasons.
I've started using the fat that rises to the top (tallow?) of the broth as it cools in its' mason jar. I use it for pan frying egg and browning meats. I was paying for rendered duck fat and coconut oil but now I can just make my own yumm cooking fats. It has a really nice flavor and is supposedly quite good for the gut as well.
I kind of hedge my bets, it is tempting to drink a ton of the stuff, but the nutritional value of broth doesn't seem to be well established. For all I know it could be drawing out heavy metals and concentrating them for my ingestion. Flouride is stored in bones as well, but I'm not really as concerned about that. So, I make my broth at as low a temperature as I can and pretty quickly (8-10 hours) and I only have maybe a cup a day or so. I also take weeks off. I don't have any particular issues I am trying to address, just general health and heading off joint issues one day hopefully!
I use about 32 oz or 4 cups into each stew/recipe calling for water/broth. I use these 32 oz in recipes typically with 3 pounds meat/seafood + 3 pounds veggies that my husband and I consume together over about 3 days. Replacing water with broth makes recipes far more exciting and tasty!