Health Benefits of Homemade Chicken Bone Broth & how to make your own

Posted on 20 November 2018

Homemade Bone broth is one of the most healing foods you can consume. It has been known for centuries as a healing folk remedy for the digestive tract as it is easy to digest and soothing for any areas of inflammation in the gut/digestive system; thus, why it was a major key factor of how I healed my gut lining and cured my Crohn's Disease. Homemade broth is not only for those with digestive issues though. Here are some key points of what consuming homemade bone broth will do for your health:
  • Boosts immune system to help overall health
  • Fights infections and helps to recover from a cold or flu quickly
  • Heal your gut lining
  • Reduces and sooths inflammation
  • Strengthens bones and teeth
  • Improves skin health
  • Improves joint function.
I only buy Organic Chicken when making my homemade Chicken Bone Broth as I want to avoid consuming the antibiotics and hormones of chickens which aren't organic. It is important to note that buying Chicken broth at a supermarket does not have the same healing qualities as making it yourself, as you have no idea how it was made. I would not recommend buying commercially available soup stock granules or bullion cubes as they do not heal the gut and are highly processed and full of harmful ingredients.

Making homemade broth yourself at home is actually very easy and below is a step by step guide on how I make mine. Note: A lot of people use vegetables and herbs in their broth. While it's fine to do this and there is no right or wrong way, I prefer to add these separately when I'm making a soup and keep my broth to contain only Chicken, salt and pepper.

What you need:
  • 1 Organic Whole raw Chicken (I usually buy the Organic Macro Raw Chicken from Woolies as it is the most easily accessible for me)
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan Salt
  • Approx. 10 Black Peppercorns
  • Big Stainless Steel Pot with Lid
  • Filtered Water
  • Empty Glass jars for storing the broth
  • Strainer
  • Ladle, tongs, bowls
  • Optional: I love to use my Quattro Stagioni red funnel to avoid spilling my broth when filling up my jars! –and it has avoided me accidently burning my fingers!
Step 1: Take the plastic and the absorbent pad off the chicken and throw in the bin. Then place the Chicken into a large pot.

Step 2: Fill the pot with filtered water so it covers the chicken and is about 2 inches from the top (you don't want the water to overflow when you are cooking). Add in himalayan salt and peppercorns and place the lid on.

Step 3: Turn on high and bring to the boil. Once it has come to the boil turn down the heat and let it simmer for 3 hours. Note: I keep the lid on, I was only taking it off to try and show you in the picture.

Step 4: You can skim off any weird brown bits if you like..sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

Step 5: Broth is done. Don't be scared of the fat on top. This is beneficial and nourishing to your body. Grab some tongs and you will see how easy the chicken melts off the bones when you pick it up –yum yum! NOTE: I let it all sit for 1- 2 hours to cool down on the stove and let all the goodness keep coming out of the bones into the broth. I find when I do this it makes the broth more of a jelly like consistency (rather than being totally liquid) as the end result once it has been cooled in the fridge. I quite like this as it also gives more flavour.

Step 6: I use a pair of tongs (one in each hand) to separate the meat and bones into 2 separate bowls. You can use your fingers if you prefer LOL.

Step 7: Have jars and funnel ready to go! I place my sieve on top of my funnel in one hand and use the other hand to ladle the broth into the jars (Hard to capture this when I'm taking this picture to show you as well).

Step 8: After all the jars are filled I leave them to cool down on the bench and cover in case there are any unwanted flies that come into the house. As you can see I had enough to drink some broth straight away in 2 cups on the left. My 2 year old son loves to drink this too (I just make sure it's cooled down enough before I give it to him).

Step 9: Store broth in the fridge and consume within a week or freeze up to a month. The chicken is great to separate and freeze into small containers or zip lock bags to add to salads, sandwiches, omelettes, stir fry's.

NOTE: When you warm up the broth to consume it's very important to pour your broth into a saucepan and warm up over the stove instead of using the microwave (microwaves destroy food).

I hope this post inspires you to give this a go! Your body will thank you, especially if you have gut, inflammation and skin problems.

To Great Health!

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