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10 Reasons I Drink Bone Broth

February 21st, 2013 · 71 Comments · Food for Thought, Frugality, Natural Health

10 Reasons I Drink Bone Broth

Would you drink a mug of chicken bone broth? I never drank it before last week.

In that week, my toddler got pneumonia, my second grader threw up, my preschooler coughed for days on end, my husband coughed…and I would get a tickle of a sore throat now and then. It always went away.

Let me also explain that I do not have the perfect diet – I eat too much late at night while blogging and get into the Halloween candy and random Costco chocolates far too often.

I do not get enough sleep. Some nights I only get three hours of sleep, and even that is interrupted at least once by my nursling. The day before Thanksgiving I was up until 3:30 a.m. baking pies and writing a post for Attune, and then I saw my little guy once or twice (maybe three times), my daughter had a nightmare and cuddled in my bed for a few minutes, and by 6 or 6:30, my oldest son was throwing up.

My husband, who slept through me getting out of bed at least six times plus Leah getting into our bed, received the “state of the family’ address at 7:30 a.m., otherwise known as, “Honey, let me catch you up on what has happened while you were sleeping.”

That part has nothing to do with my story except that it’s amazing the man slept through all that, and woefully ironic that he pops out of bed the second his alarm goes off while I have no idea anything happened. He’ll wake me up for a third time and I think it’s only the first.

I digress.

I never promised to be right in mind, just able to fend off illness with a mighty hand…I mean, cup of bone broth.

I wrote the intro to this post in December, hence the Thanksgiving reference, but ironically, in the last two weeks we’ve had two kids with ear infections, three kids with fever, one toddler with pneumonia (again!), lots of coughing, (all of which we fended off without antibiotics) and no bone broth in the house for the last month. Coincidence? Maybe. But I bought a chicken not-on-sale yesterday and have been drinking mugs of it this morning. It’s broth week at Kitchen Stewardship, after all!

Benefits of Drinking Bone Broth daily

10 Reasons to Drink Bone Broth

1. Immunity Boosting Fat

The yellow fat from pastured chickens holds immune boosting powers that are only the tip of the iceberg in the power of a properly prepared chicken stock to keep you from getting the next cold or other bug that flies through your house.

2. Warm Liquid is Soothing

It’s okay to mention the obvious. There are plenty of other immune-boosting strategies, like apple cider vinegar water, using lots of raw garlic, and taking fermented cod liver oil, but the soothing feel of a warm liquid on a cold day can’t be beat. (You’ll still want FCLO from Green Pasture for the Vitamins A and D and omega 3s, but you might not want to sip it as you sit at the computer!)

3. Super Mineral Boost

Bone broth contains minerals from the bones that are not only abundant but easy to assimilate into our bodies (unlike the whole mess with whole grains and phytic acid and such – see the soaking grains series for more info on that). Minerals that will help you stay in optimal health include:

  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • phosphorus
  • other trace minerals
  • (source)

4. Better Carrier for Garlic and Cayenne than Tea

Fresh garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper are great immunity boosting foods to eat as well, and while ginger makes a decent tea, it’s just weird to sip tea with garlic and cayenne. They taste awesome in broth though…

Chicken Bone Broth

5. Gelatin for Joint Health

One of the incredible benefits of real bone broth made with the vinegar soak, all the cartilage from the animal and the actual bones is that your finished stock should have a good amount of gelatin. Gelatin is the cooked form of collagen, which makes up about half the protein in our bodies, so you’re truly “body building” when you consume it.

Gelatin provide glycine, an amino acid that promotes healthy cartilage and ultimately aids in avoiding joint pain. Could a cup a day keep the acetaminophen away?

6. Improves Bone Density

The calcium that leaches out of the bones into the stock is ready to be absorbed into your body, the perfect weapon against osteoporosis or weak bones in any way. (source)

7. Aids Digestion

Yet another benefit of gelatin, bone broth helps your system digest more efficiently, especially milk, meat, beans, and grains. That’s likely why it’s used in GAPS and other gut healing diets. Who doesn’t need a little help digesting everything in our day and age?

It’s also why I included broth as the “B” in my redone real food BRATY diet for feeding victims of tummy bugs.

8. Battles Stress? Improves Sleep?

Our bodies can create glycine on their own, which is why it’s not an “essential” fatty acid that we must get from eating. However, we don’t always produce in the right balance, especially if we don’t eat in the right balance.

When we eat only animal meat, the amino acids delivered mimic those that our bodies create under stress, “when cortisol excess causes our muscles to be broken down to provide energy and material for repair.” (source) Consuming gelatin counteracts all that, can promote sleep, and improves memory and learning behavior. The same function may even resist cancer and tumor growth.

This fun fact is a new one for me, but I can’t wait to try it the next time someone I know has insomnia. Warm milk, chamomile tea – move over, broth is coming through!

Benefits of Drinking Bone Broth

9. Frugal in More Ways than One

Bone broth is an incredibly frugal food, and every time I make a pot, I know I’m saving in the double digits compared to purchasing commercial stock or broth, plus the nutrition of the homemade is leaps and bounds ahead of anything in the store (with perhaps the exception of Wise Choice Market’s chicken bone broth which is actually made the same way I would at home).

Besides that, yet another benefit of gelatin is that it acts as a “protein sparer,” meaning that any protein you eat in a meal with bone broth is used more efficiently in the body. You can include less meat in your soup and thus less in your budget – I don’t know about you, but meat and other protein products are by far the most expensive line item on a real food budget. It’s nice to get a break sometimes.

10. Delivery System for Nourishing Salt

Other than the salted caramel latte I’ve seen advertised recently, which I’m sure is fraught with its own sugary issues, salting your coffee or tea would just be a little weird. When you drink bone broth, you can use Real Salt and replace electrolytes and over 60 trace minerals that your body needs.

Add all that to fact that you can still look cool like all the coffee drinkers with your mug, and you must ask yourself: Why not start the habit today?

Benefits of Drinking Bone Broth

Find even more health benefits of chicken stock and an almost unbelievable list of diseases and health issues that gelatin and stock can battle at this post. Here’s another post that breaks down the benefits of bone broth by geography and era in history in an interesting way.

You may be agreeing with my husband, by the way, who thinks this is totally nuts. He doesn’t think he’d enjoy it at all – but he hasn’t yet tried it. I admit, I wasn’t so sure on my first cup. But it wasn’t long before I could honestly say I craved it.

It grows on you.

Give it a shot.

(That’s what you call positive peer pressure. See, everybody’s doing it. That link goes to an easy way to keep chicken stock always on hand and always hot, by the way, although I don’t think I want my slow cooker on that long – I am pretty much assuming it has lead in the lining. I’m looking into some safer options; more info in the months to come!)

Need More Information?

Here are the how-to posts here at KS:

I have a post on my list called “Chicken Stock Encyclopedia” where I’ll take the best of all those posts plus any new tips and FAQs and get it all in one cohesive place…but after drinking 3 mugs of broth in 12 hours, I just felt like writing this one. Winking smile

You may also want to look at how essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs can help keep your family healthy. The Practical Guide to Children’s Health and Common Sense Health are great resources as well for becoming your family’s first line of defense.

Other Natural Health Posts:

How about you – have you ever tried drinking broth straight up, no soup involved?


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71 Comments so far ↓

  • Kaitlin Jenkins

    I haven’t but I’m intrigued. I love broth, the slight saltiness and the warmth are very appealing to me. I have made both beef and chicken stocks in the last week so I might have to give this a go. I could even see adding some orzo to it and having that for lunch one day.

  • Christy @ Modern Wellness

    This has to be the most succinct article on why to use bone broth that I’ve read so far. Thanks for sharing your wisdom (I’ll be sharing it with others).

    I love bone broth and I think it would be a great way to start the day…especially these cold grey ones. :)

  • charis

    i have thought about doing this, but haven’t tried it. we use bone broth in so many of our meals, but drinking it during sick season is a great idea.

  • Carol Anne

    Every time my husband is sick he drinks it. (I don’t really get sick, but have been taking plague tonic lately.) I gave my father in law some bone broth when he was down to visit and sick, and he loved it! I am a believer, but I need to make it more often!

  • Julie W.

    I do throughout the winter. I really like the nourishment.

  • Nikki

    That was a great article! Very helpful. Although I feel a bit sad for you that your husband doesn’t help with the kids during the night more….

    Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Don’t feel sad – there are nights that the roles are totally reversed. 4yo had an ear infection last week and woke up 20-30 times in the night, and I only did the midnight – 1 a.m. shift; he took the rest and was powered by coffee all day. ;) Katie

  • christina

    I made the most bestest broth ever this week. OK, started with cooking chicken legs, onions, garlic and carrots in crock pot. Then took off the skins and fried them with the onions and alone until brown and crispy. What we,really I, didn’t eat of the broken crispyness went back in for broth. It is dark golden brown and super flavorful. Even a hit with my daughter who doesn’t like broth too much.
    Question: what about if I don’t totally trust the source of the chickens? Local but definitely raised in greenhouses. Mostly I worry about the fat.
    And lastly, Katie, you deserve more sleep! Take care of yourself. Do a one month challenge to get 8 or even 9 hours. You will be amazed. As important as the food piece!

    Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    I know, I know…a one-month challenge is probably not a bad idea. Hopefully enough people will “mother” me into it like you are! ;) Good positive peer pressure.

    MMmmmm on your broth!

    If I think the chicken is less than idea, I would skim the fat – some say not to bother making broth, but seriously – bones are better than no bones at all! So I always grab turkey bones from family get togethers even though they’re just CAFO turkeys. I just can’t avoid everything…

    :) Katie

    christina Reply:

    You should do a challenge on the blog! Wouldn’t that fit in terms of stewardship of your body? OK. Going to try to start a petition on FB!

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Uh oh… ;)

    Lauren Reply:

    I second the skimming suggestion. The budget just can’t handle “best choice” chickens right now so I’m using really cheap and nasty bits and skimming the fat. Not so great for immunity or bone building (we need calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and K2 for that, the latter two being fat-soluble), but the upside is that the soup doesn’t burn the living daylights out of you when you sip it hot!
    Drinking “plain soup” seemed bizarre to me 2 years ago. I do it all the time now :) (ps: the salt isn’t just for medicinal purposes – it makes the broth 10x better too!)

  • Jen @ BigBinder

    I am loving the bone broth! It’s weird because before it all tasted the same, but now that I make my own when I have to rely on the ‘boxed’ stuff (Meijer Organic…) it tastes TOTALLY different. My kids can taste the difference between chicken and turkey too – I am loving this series; and am trying to get bone broth into mashed potatoes, rice, and every other place I can sneak it in!

    Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    I always thought I couldn’t tell the difference either, but I used a carton from Costco- made with bones – last month and oof. Totally different soup. I”m not a fan. Definitely only in broth emergencies!
    ;) Katie

  • Jenn @ A Simple Haven

    I’ve never drank bone broth by itself, but your post is making me want to! It seems like everyone I know (slight exaggeration) is doing GAPS and I maybe hopping on that bandwagon soon. Here’s to a cup of yummy broth! :)

    Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Cheers! ;)

  • Jacqueline

    I’ve been a little negligent when it comes to broth, thanks for the reminder!
    And please try to figure out how to get yourself to bed earlier :-) I find it really does make a difference in health, productivity and how I deal with others.

    Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    “How I deal with others…” — I’m sure my children would appreciate a more well-rested mommy, too. Hmmmm….

  • Sabrina :)

    Just finished my first batch of broth, put it in the fridge to cool before jarring it, sat down to relax in front of the computer while the baby naps, pulled up your website and voila! Reasons to drink bone broth. soooo…. i got up took my big bowl out and ladled myself a cup on broth while reading this article! Perfection! :) This is so cool!! lol

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Now THAT is cool timing! :) Katie

  • Becky

    Katie! You are undoing all of your healthy eating by neglecting sleep! I agree, you need a one month challenge. Great blog material. Minimum of 6 hours per night. 8+ and you would feel like a new woman. We love bone broth, chicken and venison, yum!

    Karen Reply:

    We love broth too, chicken turkey, antelope, elk – do you make bone broth from deer? We haven’t been able to make that palatable – not sure if it is what the deer eats (ours are forest fed, no farmland around here). We have the most bones from the deer though, and I’d love to be able to figure out how to love it! I’ve tried it with wild ducks too, but that wasn’t so awesome either. The ducks had been smoked first, and the broth smelled a little bit like an ashtray. I couldn’t get past the smell.

    Leah G Reply:

    we do venison broth. roast the bones first. it tastes better with a little bit of meat on the bone. I use acv while cooking and only cook for about 12-24 hrs. same with rabbit back. its like chicken.

    Becky Reply:

    Yes! We do it like Leah described. I make sure to throw in a foot with the lower knee joint for a good gel. Our deer generally come out of the cornfield, so I’m sure that helps with the taste a bit.

  • Rachael

    Do you recommend pressure canning bone broth? Our freezer space is limited but we have a large area to store canned foods.

    Rebecca Reply:

    I don’t think Katie pressure cans, but I swear by it. It takes time, so I tend to hoard bones and then a few times a year make several huge batches, say 18 qts a batch and can the broth. I spend most of the day in the kitchen canning, but then I have broth whenever I need it for months on end.

    I actually use my canner as my biggest stock pot, it is 23 qts and can fit 2 turkey carcases at once!

    Stacy Reply:

    We have pressure-canned broth/stock. It works just like you’d expect. MUCH easier than freezing and waiting for bags or containers of it to defrost.

    Our main issue is getting enough meat/bones to MAKE stock. We don’t generally buy meat just for stock unless it is really cheap.

  • Brittany

    Broth is amazing stuff! I need to make it more often that I do!

    My FIL recently shared a story about his grandfather, who lived into his 90s with absolutely no arthritis. He attributed it to his weekly batch of oxtail soup and the large amount of broth he regularly ate/drank.

  • Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    I got started on bone broth a year ago via The Nourished Kitchen. We drink it all the time…at first I had a continuous pot, but really didn’t care for the taste as much as a 48 cook in the slow cooker. And I don’t like the vinegar flavor either so I do it without…guess I need some statistics on that to change. I believe the broth helps us stay healthy…and I know that when I don’t indulge my elbows hurt. Crazy, but true. I’m not sure that I’m buying the best chicken…I get the one that’s natural at the market…veg feed…but really can’t afford to pay $30 or more for a chicken at the farm and I don’t even know what grains the chicks eat though they are pastured for sure. Anyway…the broth tastes better and better each time you drink it. I just add a bit of Celtic Sea Salt and yummy in my tummy. We also drink it for fasts….which doesn’t hardly seem like a fast because it’s so delicious and satisfying. I could go on and on how much I love it. And soup…my husband has had homemade soup elsewhere and he says it doesn’t hold a candle to mine. I think homemade bone broth is the secret ingredient. Tonight we’re going to have french onion soup from beef broth I cooked up. Smells yummy. Can’t wait for supper tonight. :D Love your blog BTW!

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Your elbows are proof enough – whatever you’re doing is working! It is VERY cool to hear a real-life testimony of the joint pain issue. Thank you!
    :) Katie

  • Sarah

    I was feeling under the weather yesterday and asked my husband to pick up a chicken on his way home. He lovingly made a joke about how most people would request cough drops or cold medicine, but not his hippie wife. She wants a chicken. Ha!! :) Had the bones simmering overnight and I’m making a batch of your garlic soup as we speak! Lord willing, I’ll be all fixed up by tomorrow. :)

  • annette

    i also love bone broth. i use mostly beef bones from grass fed cows. my daughter(6) tells people “the only reason i like to be sick is brooooooth” even though she gets it when she’s not sick too. :)

  • Michelle W. Flannery

    I love bone broth! I can hardly resist a hot cup of broth, especially in the wintertime. I have even used broth frequently for fasting. My problem with broth, however, is how it completely upsets my elimination (bathroom) process. It’s uncomfortable and inconvenient, to say the least. Still, I really love bone broth!

  • Gayle

    That’s totally how I like to have my broth–out of a coffee mug! I hadn’t made broth in a couple of weeks, but I finally made some just yesterday. I made my kids chicken noodle soup with it at lunch and drank a big mug myself. My kids and I very rarely get sick (and not for long when we do), and I think the homemade bone broth is a big reason for it!
    Oh, and your sleep habits sound like mine. I always say that is the one area in which my healthy living mission really falls apart : )

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    I know…it’s ironic that I write about healthy living but have an on-again-off-again relationship with my bed…

    ;) Katie

    Cecilia Capehart Reply:

    You know, Katie, Lent is probably a good time to work on getting into the habit of getting more sleep…
    (and thanks for the broth info- a good reminder to buy whole chickens again)

  • Blair Massey

    Hi Katie:

    Are you doing anything in addition to the bone broth, such as fermented foods/beverages at every meal and FCLO?

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    I do some fermented foods and the whole family pretty much has a yogurt every day. The kids and I drink water kefir, but not with every meal. And yes, when we remember, FCLO. If I had to draw a correlation to overall health, though, it would be the broth – it’s the ONLY thing we did on your list the first year I was blogging, and I bragged b/c we were so healthy…
    :) Katie

    Blair Massey Reply:

    Broth is something we are trying to add to our diet on a consistent basis. I have been hit and miss as well. My biggest challenge is getting pastured chickens. Though we live near the country, there are not much available to us. For now I am getting “range free” chicken from the grocery store. Not the best, but better than conventional.

  • Anna

    I add ginger with the veggies, maybe two inches worth, peeled and sliced, for a whole pot of broth. A friend of mine also like to add juice of one lemon at the end (when the stove is off). I haven’t noticed much change in the taste of the broth with these additions.

    Sometimes I pressure cook the chicken by themselves for 30 minutes then debone the chicken. This makes sure the meat is nice and tender, not mushy. But roasting the chickens might be a lot less work.

    Also, would soaking the chickens in saltwater and vinegar the night before help “clean” them beforehand?

    And why not use the slow cooker? I might have missed that somewhere in the posts.

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    A lot of people use a salt water/vinegar “brine” before roasting or grilling a chicken, but other than adding flavor, I’m not sure what it does.

    And many use the slow cooker, sometimes I do too – Tiffany’s post on Monday lauded the crockpot!
    :) Katie

  • Ariane@Skyeslife

    This inspires me to make some bone broth soon!

  • Sally

    I took one quick look at this post, walked downstairs to heat up a little broth in a pan on the stove (not the microwave) and bring it up in a cup to fully enjoy and appreciate what I was going to read.

    Caution: this post causes cravings!

  • Digi

    I knew it!! Whenever my butcher asked me if I wanted our beef package with bones or no bones, I just had a feeling that there was something good about cooking the meat with the bones in it. I’d asked myself why would a dog go to so much trouble of chewing on a bone all day if it wasn’t good for it. I just knew it “in my bones” :) that it was good for me…thanks for verifing that! Now I’ll just step it up a notch to make the broth with them.

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:


  • Allison

    Thanks for sharing Katie! I never thought about bone broth being a carrier for garlic. I will definitely start using it for that! (Raw garlic on an empty tummy makes me sick) I definitely need to get going on making more broth. I’ve been out for a while and keep getting sick! Vicious cycle…too tired to make it, then get sick, then too sick to make it. I wish there was a bone broth fairy to get me going again! :) Nevermind, I will just make some today.

  • Jen

    I was put on a liquid diet for a week while in the hospital. The liquid, for the main part, was broth – either beef or chicken. I think it would have been so much easier to handle after a few days of broth for every meal if it had been REAL broth…

    I don’t make broth very often, but when I cook chicken breasts in the crock pot, I save the broth from them. It’s not necessarily a full-fledged broth, but I do believe it still has some benefits! And, yes – if it were seasoned well, I’d definitely drink a nice, warm mug of broth!

  • Brian E.

    I discovered bone broth while researching holistic dental health. My favorite to make at home is with lamb bones in a slow cooker, but I use the Real Bone Broth brand from Wise Choice Market on a regular basis. It’s made exactly as I make mine at home, except they don’t offer lamb…

    The health benefits are truly amazing. I hadn’t thought of adding garlic so thanks for that tip!

    I put my mom on bone broth this week in the hope that it will help with her knee pain. Does anyone have any good testimonials with joint pain?

  • Rebecca

    Thanks for this great info! I hope you don’t mind I shared it on my blog today along with my recipe for homemade broth. Have a great day!

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Any time you share someone else’s blog post, etiquette says to copy about a paragraph and link to the rest. Looks like you might have copied the whole thing, which hurts us both on Google page rank. Can you edit that down, please?
    Thanks, Katie

    Rebecca Reply:

    My sincerest apologies! I’ve edited the post and made your link more clear for my readers. Thanks for helping me a better blogger!

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  • Hilary

    Does anyone have any tips for how to get MORE broth into your diet, besides in a soup (or just by drinking it straight — which is another good idea but I’m not sure I could get my kids and husband on board) I love making homemade broth, but I’m one of those weird people that just does not get into making soup that often or even enjoys eating it that much. I make soup in the winter because I know it is healthy, but that’s it. I would love some more varied recipes or methods of getting bone broth into the diet regularly, including in summer time. Thanks!

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    I do have some ideas for exactly that!

    Since I’ve written that, people have added more – condense the broth into gelatin and add cubes to smoothies – it just disappears! Use it in any and all sauces you make.

    Good luck! :) Katie

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  • Sharifa

    Hi.just have to get down to making bone broth now,just need to know if it’s okay to make it in a pressure pot

  • Melissa

    Hi, I’ve been looking into chicken broth today, and had been reading about a chicken broth fast to help with your gut, when I stumbled on your post. I don’t have any homemade broth right now, I might go get a chicken tonight to make some, but what about canned broth? I know it’s not as good, but wouldn’t it still work some? (I’m not talking about taste, but just nutrition wise)

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    It really depends what kind of fast you’re talking about – eliminating all grains and dairy are going to help you gut no matter what you drink, but you won’t get healthy gelatin, which is great for digestion, from most canned broth. Costco has some organic broth (chicken, not beef, at least at my store) that actually uses bones…so that would be different. But homemade is always best! :) Katie

  • Melissa

    Thanks! I knew there was some sort of difference since I’ve made homemade broth before and it always gels unlike the canned broth I’ve bought from the store. Just never knew that was the reason! So I guess I will be going to buy some chicken to make my own :) I have a canner I haven’t used yet anyway. Would be nice to give it a try! I’ve put homemade broth in the freezer before, and now I’m kicking myself for throwing it out because it got too old. I never thought about just drinking it instead of waiting for a recipe to use it in! lol

  • Melissa

    Oh, and the fast I was looking at, could just be a 24 hour fast or something. Nothing too long, just something to maybe kick start some things. I don’t know! lol

  • Gail

    Hi Katie,
    I use the Instant Pot to make my broth everyday! It’s food grade stainless steel. Also, Debra Lynn Dadd at nontoxic living has a post on how to make your own lead free crock pot.

  • Angela

    Hi, I would like to know if you or anyone else here knows….I just started making bone broth, and have only drank 3 or 4 servings….on 2 separate occasions. The thing is after I drink it, I get suuuuper liquidy diarrhea. Do you know why this might be happening? Did I screw up the broth, or can I not digest fats properly? I really want to keep with the broth, but not if I am unable to stay away from the bathroom. :(

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    I’m so sorry your comment got buried, and I’m also sorry I don’t have any information for you. :( I’ve never heard of that one…there shouldn’t be an allergic reaction I can imagine if you don’t have a problem with chicken (right? I’m guessing here!). You might Google search a little on whether too much of certain components of stock (or too much too fast) could cause diarrhea – collagen/gelatin, magnesium, calcium…you can see what else might be “in there” right here:

    I hope you figure it out! (if you do, lmk so I can answer this question better for other people…)

    Chris Reply:

    I have experienced the same outcome from making chicken stock. I did a lot of research and the only thing I came up with is that it might be related to histamine levels in the stock. But I’m not sure if that’s the reason.

    I’m still experimenting and curious to what anyone else might have discovered.

  • Tina O

    My family has been slowly changing our diets to fix our guts, especially for my 3 year old son who has autism. He has been on a gfcf diet for almost a year and we are slowly getting him use to grain free foods to transition. Its an EXTREMELY long process since he is a very picky eater (think peanut butter sandwiches daily). I have been trying to introduce bone broth to him for a while without success. I’ve tried putting it in a special cup, mixing it in apple sauce and many other ways but nothing is working. Any suggestions for a super picky eater?

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    I’ve actually seen gummies made with bone broth and extra gelatin, but not sure how they taste – maybe with some fruit juice added? Have you ever tried a blended soup with a straw (straws are fun!) like this one? Some folks put broth in smoothies, and it can be used in place of water for just about any savory recipe. Gravy? Refried beans or chili? I don’t know how picky is picky…honestly, it would be possible to condense bone broth way down until it’s super thick, then dehydrate it and powder it and add it into the peanut butter on that sandwich, but that’s a couple extra steps for mom! ;) Could it be condensed way down and mixed into homemade jam I wonder??? Hopefully some of those springboard some ideas for you! Good luck and keep up the great work with healthy eating for your son!!! You might ping Cara at who did GAPS with her young autistic daughter; she might have even more ideas. :) Katie

    Shelby Reply:

    I have a picky husband, drinking broth is out of the question, so I find ways to cook with it. It’s been a slow process but we now do homemade soup once a week ( chicken noodle, veggie beef, tomato,taco…it is frugal too!) My kids(1 and 4)love to drink the ” juice ” with straws! Fun for them and less messy! Any recipe that calls for “canned cream of ____ soup”, I just make homemade using chicken or beef broth as the base. (lots of dairy free recipes on line) My gravy loving husband has really enjoyed my quest to make the “perfect” gravy…. Who knew broth was the secret weapon!!!:) ( gravy in sheppards pie, on rice, potatoes, caseroles). My Life savor has been freezing ice cube trays of broth, it’s very easy to throw a few cubes into refried beans, Spighetti sauce, taco meat (instead of water). When applicable, and I am reheating leftovers on the stove, just throw in a few broth cubes instead of water. My family may not be getting a big dose of amazing broth in a cup, but I figure a little here and there goes a long way.:) Hope this helps, or give some ideas, for your cute little guy!

  • Elizabeth

    At my home in Paris, we roast a chicken once a week. I always ask the butcher to include ‘la tête and les pattes’ (the head and the feet.) These go right in the pot.

    He also once held the feet over a gas stove flame, enough to just singe them, and peeled them, claiming you get more gelatine that way. I haven’t tried it at home as I haven’t got a gas stove, but I do get very gelatinous chicken stock anyway.

    I normally add to the pot a carrot, celery tops, a leek, an onion (with the skin on, it adds color), some bay leaves, thyme and sage. I bring it to boil in a Dutch oven, skim, then put it in the oven and turn oven to 90 degrees C and go to bed. Since we have an electronic oven that turns off after some hours, the oven is off and the stock is done in the morning.

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