Recently among the Prepper and Homesteading groups I follow, there’s been a lot of excitement about bone broth. Apparently, it’s the best thing to come along since sliced bread. Only, it isn’t something new. We’ve been making bone broth for years.
For those of you not familiar with bone broth, it’s the liquid that results from boiling the bones of an animal, poultry, fish, sheep, goat, cow, pig. That’s it. (Bone Broth Basics, Nourishing Broths, Bone Broth Benefits: From Digestion to Joint Pain, Traditional Bone Broth in Modern Health and Disease, Making Real Homemade Chicken Stock or Bone Broth, Gut-Healing Bone Broth Recipe)
It’s SOOOOO healthy. Look at this list of health benefits!
aging skin, allergies, anemia, anxiety, asthma, atherosclerosis, attention deficit, bean maldigestion, brittle nails, carbohydrate maldigestion, Celiac Disease, colic, confusion, constipation, dairy maldigestion, delusions, dental degeneration, depression, detoxification, Diabetes, diarrhea, fatigue, food sensitivities, fractures, Gastritis, grain maldigestion, heart attack, high cholesterol, hyperactivity, hyperchlorhydria (reflux, ulcer), hyperparathyroidism (primary), hypertension, hypochlorhydria, hypoglycemia, immunodepression, increased urination, infectious disease, inflammation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), insomnia, intestinal bacterial infections, irritability, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Jaundice, joint injury, Kidney stones, leaky gut, loss of appetite, meat maldigestion, memory, muscle cramps, muscle spasms, muscle wasting, muscle weakness, Muscular Dystrophy, nausea, nervousness, Osteoarthritis, Osteomalacia, Osteoporosis, pain, palpitations, Periodontal Disease, pregnancy, rapid growth, restlessness, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rickets, seizure, shallow breathing, stupor, virility, vomiting, weakness, weight loss due to illness and wound healing
My first real exposure to bone broth was at Mama Sofia’s dinner table. Mama Sofia is now nearly 100 years old. Think on that! She served us up some chicken broth and there was a chicken foot in it. The broth was absolutely delicious, but I didn’t know how to eat the chicken foot. My son, only 4 at the time, was also taken aback. He couldn’t stop staring at it. My husband’s aunt Caro finally picked up the chicken foot and said that this was her favorite part because she could use the toenails to scratch the top of her mouth. She was teasing of course. Once the bone was out of the way, we all tucked in.
We tend to have either chicken or beef soup at least once a week. Twice a week when it’s colder. There isn’t a set recipe. We use whatever happens to be in season. The guy who runs a vegetable stand in front of his house always has a small bag of freshly cut vegetables for 12 pesos and then we add whatever else we have at the house.
Today, for example, we made beef soup with 2 kilos of soup bones, 3 garlic cloves, first of the season squash, some carrots, an ear of yellow corn, a bit of cilantro, 2 chayotes, a medium sized onion, a tomato, 6 small potatoes, a hunk of cabbage, a piece of cauliflower, a joconol (yet another type of cactus fruit), a piece of broccoli and a handful of chickpeas, a handful of green beans and salt to taste. Sometimes we have nothing but potatoes and onions available, so that’s what we use.
Let me tell you, a mugful of broth from this hodgepodge soup is just the thing right before bed.
These middle-class ladies that have “discovered” bone broth might be on to something. That something being real food is better.
Sometimes I wonder why it is I feel more alive here in Mexico. I still have health problems, life sure ain’t easy, money is ALWAYS an issue. It could be as simple as there’s no fluoride in the water. Or perhaps it’s the constant challenge of managing in a culture not my own. Or just maybe it’s the bone broth.