What is it about bone broth that is so special?
Bone broth has a reputation as a magical elixir of health. Whole-foods based diets like the WHOLE30 plan and paleo-eating love it, cookbook writers like Sally Fallon of the Weston A. Price Foundation love it, and many gourmet cooks will tell you it is the secret to the taste of many a famous plate. What is it about bone broth that is so special?
The health benefits of slow boiling bones with a few veggies and herbs have been praised by grandmothers and cooks of every region and every cuisine. The idea is that letting the marrow bones, carcasses, and even feet of certain animals slowly cook for many hours will render a stock full of vitamins, minerals, and collagen. The long slow simmer leaches calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sulphur, and silicon from the bones into the water. Other compounds come from the breakdown of tendons and joins, like glucosamine and chondroitin. Back in the days of much more home cooking, cooks relied on broths and stocks to not only flavor their soups and stews but to heal the sick and nourish the rundown – we have all heard about the restorative power of Jewish chicken soup, right?
Bone broth is excellent for digestive health. The collagen soothes and reduces inflammation in the intestinal tract. Many people report reduction in joint inflammation from regular consumption of bone broth. It is reputed to heal a leaky gut, and boosts the immune system.
Curative, restorative, nutritive…the healing properties of bone broth..
Traditional methods of preparation typically call for hours and hours on a stove, which makes the house smell wonderful, but takes a very long time! Now, with the fabulous technology of the Instant Pot, a healing bone broth can be made in less than two hours!
There are many recipes out there for how to make bone broth in an Instant Pot. This recipe from Amy and Jacky at PressureCookRecipes.com details their many experiments and trials to see which way to make it would be the very best. It is a fascinating process, and they provide their readers with a great deal of information, including a handy chart. That article is well worth the read.
Part Two of our series on Bone Broth will have directions and our video from our Facebook live show!