Bone broth is a favorite supplement in our pack because it’s both tasty and packs a ton of health benefits. It’s a warming, soothing food during the colder months, and can also be served cold as a refreshing summer treat.
In this post, I’m sharing the recipe for homemade bone broth with you, and also tell you where to buy some pre-made bone broth if you don’t have the time to make your own.
The Benefits of Bone Broth
Bone broth has a ton of health benefits:
- It’s an overall immune system booster because of all the minerals that are released from the bones into the broth.
- It’s gentle on the digestive system and helps with an upset stomach.
- It does wonders for achy bones because of all the chondroitin and glucosamine that seeps out of the bones and into the broth.
- It detoxifies the liver.
- It’s a great meal topper for picky eaters.
How To Make Bone Broth – Recipe
It’ll take a little over 24 hours to make a batch of bone broth, so it does require a little planning. All you need besides time is:
Preparing Our Bone Broth - Beef Oxtails, Turkey Necks, Duck Feet, Garlic Cloves
Be sure to strain the broth well in order to remove any tiny bone fragments, both for your own and your dog’s sake. Never feed your dogs cooked bones as they can do a lot of damage to your dog’s internal system. The only bones that are safe to feed are non weight-bearing raw, meaty bones.
Alternative – Where To Buy Bone Broth Pre-Made
If you don’t have the time or energy to make your own, you can also buy it pre-made:
How To Eat/Feed Bone Broth
You can pour the bone broth into a cup and drink it first thing in the morning, or whenever you feel like it, really. It tastes great warmed up, especially on a cold winter day, but you can also enjoy a cold cup during the heat of the summer.
I personally prefer to use it for cooking purposes. I used the broth when making rice and simply replaced half of the water needed to boil it with bone broth. I also poured some over mashed sweet potatoes that I served along with sautéed chicken breasts. Yummy!
I warmly recommend checking out another wonderful blog post on the many health benefits of bone broth, specifically for us hoomans, over at CogniTune.com.
For feeding it to Missy & Buzz I simply added a few tablespoons on top of their raw meals and then mixed everything together. They love the taste! They also got some cooked sweet potato that I mashed with a fork and then topped off with bone broth. I couldn’t give them any of my mashed sweet potatoes because I added milk and butter to them.
You can definitely warm it up a little if you feel like your furry friend might like it better that way, but it’s not a must.
For anyone coming across this recipe in warmer temps – you can also pour the broth into ice cube trays and offer it as a refreshing treat.
How To Store Bone Broth
Once the broth has cooled off in the fridge, discard the top layer of fat that will have formed and pour the broth into mason jars (or any other type of food storage container).
I put two out of the three mason jars that I filled into the fridge for immediate usage, and the third one went into the freezer as a little back up should the pups have an upset stomach.
Remove the layer of fat that forms on the broth in the fridge
Pour the broth into mason jars
My Final Thoughts on Bone Broth
It’s totally up to you which kind of joint bones you wish to use to make your bone broth. I decided to use duck feet, oxtails, and beef soup bones because that’s what I had in the freezer (also added 2 turkey necks), but you can certainly stick to one protein and make a chicken, duck, beef, or whatever else-only broth.
I bought the duck feet from Raw Feeding Miami, found the oxtails and beef soup bones at Walmart, and the turkey necks are from my local grocery store.
What I like about bone broth is that it’s a superfood for both myself AND my pups (cats can eat it, too).
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