Tips for Cooking with Bone Broth
Bone broth: It's an old-fashioned ingredient that has made its way back into the mainstream. Bone broth recipes have taken over social media, and cafes and restaurants specializing in it have popped up in major cities across the country.
But what exactly is bone broth, and why should you start cooking with it? We've broken it all down below:
What Is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is the delicious and nutrient-filled broth that's created from boiling a variety of roasted bones in water and seasonings for an extended period of time, typically 10-14 hours or overnight. The resulting broth is very flavorful and can be used in a variety of dishes.
Why Should You Cook with Bone Broth?
Not only does bone broth have a very savory, rich flavor that adds heartiness to different meals, but it's also loaded with vitamins, minerals and other good-for-you compounds. Bone broths contain a very high level of protein, while gelatin in the bones supports digestion. It also contains collagen and glycine, which help promote healthy skin. The high quantity of minerals in bone broth are also believed to boost the immune system and increase bone health. With all the benefits of this special broth, you won't want to throw out extra beef or chicken bones ever again!
How to Make Bone Broth
Bone broth is very easy to make at home. Bone broth is most commonly made from beef bones, but you can use bones from other animals as well. For the highest concentration of nutrients and the best flavor, use a variety of bones from various parts of the animal, and source your meat and bones from local organic farms if possible. Finally, a big batch of bone broth can last for about a week in the fridge, while the rest can be frozen.
Basic Beef Bone Broth
- 4 pounds beef bones
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Spread bones out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil. Roast the bones in the oven for 1 hour at 400 degrees, flipping the bones over halfway through. Next, place the roasted bones in a large pot on the stovetop. Fill the pot three-quarters of the way full with water so that the bones are submerged. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, bay leaves and apple cider vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Let simmer for a minimum of 12 hours, continuing for up to 24 hours for even more flavor. Pour the broth through a strainer. Transfer broth to a large container and let cool. The fat will likely rise to the top, this can be discarded. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Ways to Use Bone Broth in Cooking
Now that you know how to make your own bone broth, a whole culinary world opens up to you! You can use bone broth to enhance nearly any dish. Here are some ideas:
As a soup base
Soup gets a flavor upgrade when bone broth is used as the base. Add the broth, vegetables, seasonings and any meat to the Food Chopper attachment of the Oster® Heritage Blend™ 1000 Whirlwind™ Blender. Process for 3-4 minutes, then transfer mixture to a soup pot and simmer on the stove until done. Stews and chilis also benefit from using bone broth.
For more flavorful rice and grains
Instead of cooking rice or other types of grains like quinoa in water, cook it in bone broth for a nutrient and taste boost. Simply swap the amount of water you'd normally use for bone broth.
For tasty ramen bowls
By the same token, cook ramen noodles in bone broth instead of water. Add steamed veggies and a poached egg for a perfect work lunch.
For flavorful meat dishes
Bone broth adds extra flavor to meat dishes like lemon garlic grilled chicken, steak tips and slow-cooked pork.
As a drink
It might sound unusual, but many people like to enjoy bone broth like a hot cup of tea. It's soothing on a chilly day and delivers a healthy dose of nutrients. Bone broth is also great as a light dipping sauce for cheddar scones or biscuits.
What are you waiting for? Get started adding bone broth to your meals today!