Winter is coming! And we all know how chilly it gets here in Melbourne ­– I’m always looking for delicious ways to warm up. There’s been a lot of talk about bone broth and it’s wonderful healing properties, so with the cold weather and flu season just around the corner I thought it’s a great opportunity to delve into the delicious world of what some devotees refer to as liquid gold!

 

What is bone broth?

Essentially, it’s the result of simmering roasted animal bones with vegetables, herbs and spices for many hours. The result is a liquid that is similar to stock but which is more nutrient dense. The long slow cooking process draws out all the goodness found within the bones and connective tissues and releases them into the liquid, creating a broth that is warming, delicious and even potentially restorative.

 

Why is it good for you?

Fans of bone broth believe that there are many benefits to drinking it. From promoting gut health, to boosting your immunity, maintaining bone density, improving sleep quality, increasing energy levels, soothing inflamed joints and even improving the look of your hair, skins and nails. Pass me a cup please!

Bone broth can contain many minerals, anti-inflammatory amino acids, protein, Type II Collagen and gelatine. These compounds are known to provide health benefits, and drinking bone broth may aid your health and well-being.

For example, the Type II collagen which is found in connective tissue and bones is essential for repairing torn cartilage and relieving joint pain. Some arthritis sufferers believe that drinking bone broth helps ease their condition. Glycine is an amino acid that is found in collagen and gelatine and is essential for many different muscle, brain and metabolic functions within our body. Other broth drinking fans believe that it helps to soothe the digestive tract and can help heal the gut lining, as the gelatine found in broth can help seal up holes in a leaky gut.

 

How is it made?

Making bone broth is a simple process that requires time and patience. Roasted animal bones (grass fed and organic preferably) are simmered with vegetables, herbs and spices. It’s typically simmered for a very long time, usually over 8 hours and sometimes up to 24 hours! This ensures that there’s plenty of time for the collagen and gelatine to be released from the joints and for the minerals to be extracted from the bones.

 

What is the difference between bone broth and stock?

Bone broth is simmered for a much longer time; therefore stock won’t contain as much collagen or minerals as a bone broth.

 

How do I use it?

There are many ways you can consume bone broth. The simplest is to just drink it! You can also use it any way you would normally use stock, such as cooking grains like quinoa, cooking a risotto, making a stew or as a base for a warming winter soup.

The good news is that you don’t need to have a large pot boiling on your stove for hours on end. You can purchase it directly from The Broth Sisters right here at the farmers markets. Get down this weekend to try this soothing and warming cup of goodness. It’ll be a welcome and healthy addition to my winter diet!

 

Andrea is a freelance writer and food lover. She enjoys cooking and discovering new tastes, and is currently volunteering with the Melbourne Farmers Market.