A few weeks ago I made bone broth, which according the Perfect Health Diet (and other sources) is super good for you. I still had some frozen soup bones left from the side of local, grass-fed beef we bought some time back. I also had a chicken carcass from a roasted chicken I made. So, I set them both to simmer and simmer and simmer for about a day.
I do not like the smell of that grass-fed beef, and Pat admitted he thought it was pretty gross too. The chicken smell was a bit more familiar, like chicken soup. Still the whole experience made me worried that we were ruining Girl 1’s chances with “Kyle,” the love of her life.
But at least she’ll be well nourished.
So, the low-down: it was not pretty.
I probably should have strained off the fat before freezing. I took the Scarlet O’Hara approach (“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”) and didn’t. Most of the fat went into the first bag, which I haven’t used yet. So I still don’t have to think about it yet.
I put a bit of apple cider vinegar in with the beef broth because I read it brings out the healthy . . . something from inside the bones.
I think I broke every food safety rule in the book. I left one batch to simmer all night, but the stove was on so low it barely stayed warm. Another batch I just left sitting all night at room temp. Then both batches I left in the refrigerator a loooong time before freezing. But you know what? We’ve used up almost all of it with no ill effect.
Despite the unpleasant smell of the broth by itself, it’s been quite satisfactory in recipes. I used the beef broth in place of water in this recipe. Pat said it was our best batch yet.
I used the chicken broth in this recipe. Again, really good.
I’ve also used the chicken broth to make a simple egg drop kind of soup, like this.
Another time I made it without rice: just broth, egg yolk, scallions, a few drops of soy sauce and a few drops of sesame oil. A tasty, warming first course.
Well, that’s my food post for the week. Hopefully I’ll get a menu plan for next week.