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Healing bone broth

Prep Time:

30 min

Cook Time:

+10 hours



Image by Johannes Plenio

About the Recipe

Bone broth is a potent elixir primarily made of animal bones, marrow, joints and tissues, and not so much the animal meat. Common choices of animal bones include chicken, beef, fish and game. I always add chicken feet – they are super rich in collagen!Bone broth is cooked anywhere between 10-72h. I usually cook mine for +24 hours. Thanks to that long cooking time, the essence of the bones, addition of many vegetables and spices, we can enjoy a multilayered taste which greatly enhances any cooked dish and is a treat on its own.

Benefits of drinking bone broth include:
- healthy skin, hair and nails
- assist in wound healing
- healthier gastrointestinal tract & improved nutrient absorption
- supports healing of joints and ligaments
- boosts immunity
- help to eliminate roots of allergy and autoimmune diseases
- relief for the liver
- speedy recovery
- better mood
- curbs inflammation


- About 2 kg of bones (eg. beef bones with marrow, chicken bones and carcass, chicken feet, fish bones)

- 4-5 L of filtered water

- 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar

- 2 TBSP algae, eg. kelp

- pinch of sea salt

Vegetables, such as:

- 1-2 onions

- 1-2 carrots

- 1-2 parsley root

- ¼ - ½ head of celeriac

- 2-3 celery sticks

- 1 leek

- A few cloves of garlic

- ¼ cabbage

- Stems of peeled herbs and greens,

e.g. parsley, dill, kale, spinach, etc.

Spices, such as:

- Ginger root (about 3 cm)

- Turmeric (2 cm root,m or 1-2 tsp dried)

- Black peppercorns (1tsp)

- 2 bay leaves

- 3-5 grains of allspice

- Coriander seeds (1 tsp)

- Fennel seeds (1 tsp)

- Thyme (1 tsp)

- Rosemary (1 tsp)

- Fenugreek (1 tsp)

- 2-3 cloves

- Star anise

- Cardamon pod

- Few dried mushrooms


- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

- Place bones and chicken feet in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes

- Once out of the oven, transfer bones to the soup pot in which you are preparing the broth and leave to cool.

- Once cooled, pour in water to cover all the bones, and add apple cider vinegar.

- Allow to soak for about half an hour to an hour.

- Then start heating the pot until the water begins to boil slightly, and reduce the heat to the lowest setting so that the broth is very gently simmering. You should hardly see any steam rising.

- Over the next hour or two, so-called ‘scum’ may appear on a surface – dirty foam that should be removed and discarded.

- Then add the algae, and cover the broth with a lid, stirring from time to time and checking to make sure the bones are still under water.

- Leave it this was for 24-48 hours.

- For the last 2-5 hours, add the vegetables and spices. They don’t have to be peeled (except the onions), just thoroughly washed, and cut into large chunk. The stems can be left whole. Garlic is best added near the end, for the last half hour.

- When the broth is ready, strain it through a sieve. If you wish, separate the cooked meat to eat.

- Set the broth aside to cool. The fat on the surface will set firm and be easier to separate it and remove. As there is a chance the fat has oxidized, it is better to discard it.

- Pour the broth itself into jars, freezer bags, or containers of your choice.

- The broth can stand in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or up to six months in the freezer.

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