Everyone has experienced having a cold or the flu and your mom or grandmother giving you chicken broth or chicken noodle soup. It turns out, they were doing this for a good reason! Making chicken broth at home is not only easy but extremely beneficial for your health.
Let’s talk about some of those health benefits before I share with you how simple it is to make. ****Note: store-bought chicken broth will not be as effective as what you make at home****
The cold and flu….no one wants them. They are both miserable. One reason to drink hot bone broth if you are sick is the amino acid, cysteine, can help thin the mucus build-up so you can more easily cough it out. Add some pepper to it and it will work even better because the spice of the pepper causes you to make more saliva also aiding in thinning the mucus.
You have probably heard of glucosamine and chondroitin and how they help with joint health. Well, guess what?! You can get these naturally through drinking bone broth. When chicken broth is cooking, it pulls these out of the cartilage of the bones.
There has been lots of research coming out that the source of most of our problems stems from within the gut. Due to our poor diets, our gut bacteria is not functioning as it should which results in a host of other issues not seemingly related to digestive problems. Chicken broth can help heal your leaky gut by sealing up the lining of your digestive tract. The gelatin contained in the broth supports digestion because other fluids stick to the gelatin making everything digest more efficiently. Bonus: the gelatin can also make your hair healthier and aid in nail growth.
Some other benefits are that chicken broth contains calcium and magnesium which are good for bone health. It also has glycine which can have a relaxing effect thus helping you sleep better.
Are you wondering now how on earth you make something that contains so many beneficial ingredients? It is so easy, you will want to make it all the time. And, it isn’t limited to just drinking it. You can use it in any way you would have used store-bought chicken broth. I like to use it in place of water when making rice for an extra flavor kick. When I make my next whole chicken, in my Instant Pot, I put a couple cups of my homemade chicken broth in with it.
What you will need:
*Bones from a whole chicken
*A couple carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
*A couple celery stalks, roughly chopped
*An onion, quartered
*2-3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
Put all of the above ingredients in a crock pot and pour in water until the bones are covered. Let it sit for about an hour. Then turn on the crock pot to low and cook it for 10-12 hours.
When it is done, simply strain out everything and what you have left is delicious chicken broth that will become a staple in your kitchen!
I try to drink 1 cup per day. Three days after making it, I take what is left and measure out 1 cup per sandwich bag to freeze. Enjoy!