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Chicken Bone Broth
This recipe is meant to highlight the greatness of a pasture raised chicken which we sell at Gaucho Ranch. This recipe uses the chicken to make a great and healthy meal. This recipe is great for fitness lovers as it has many minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. It is also super easy to make and comes with bold flavors. It does take time to make the broth however, it is a cheap recipe to make and super delicious recipe that is well worth the wait. Make sure to add as many veggies as you want to diversify and add more flavor to your broth.
Gather vegetables: I coarsely chop carrots, celery and onions. I like to leave the peel of the onion on as this gives the stock a dark brown color. If you want a lighter broth, ditch the peel!
You can also use vegetable scraps as the vegetables are used simply to flavor the broth. Sometimes I save veggie scraps (peels and ends of onions and carrots, bottoms and tops of celery) in a freezer bag and dump them in my broth. It isn't supposed to be pretty, just tasty!
Gather chicken bones. These are the bones, skin and cartilage of two small pastured chickens. I am sure there is a little meat left too. I am not a fanatic about cleaning every bit of the bones.
If you cook a whole chicken, use those bones! If you eat a lot of cut chicken, save the bones in a freezer bag until you have a full bag. Then make broth! You can even bring home leftover bones from restaurants to save for broth. (I do, recommend, using pastured chickens for broth…this will be difficult to find most restaurants).
Put the vegetables and bones in a crockpot. Fill with filtered water. Sometimes I add a bay leaf or two. I hold off on salt and pepper until the end.
Add a couple tablespoons of an acidic liquid (I use raw apple cider vinegar). This helps draw the minerals out of the bones. Have you ever done or seen the science experiment where you soak a chicken bone in vinegar for 24 hours and the bone becomes all rubbery? This is because the calcium and other minerals have been leached from the bones! In the crockpot, these minerals wind up in your broth!
Cover and cook on low for 24 hours. Strain and you have delicious, nourishing chicken bone broth!Check out the official recipe from Tamara Mannelly at Oh Lardy's here!