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  • Daniella Dayoub

Bone Broth

I've been making the stuff for years, and mine tastes soooooo good. But, it takes forever (like 48 hours), and I get lazy. So, I finally invested in an InstantPot. I can't believe it took me this long to finally get one of these!!! They are amazing!! Well, once I finally figured out how to use it! Because, truly, I need to be sipping on this stuff like every day!

I know it's sort of old-fashioned/wives-tale wisdom, but if you eat what you lack, it helps heal!! You need a stronger heart, time to cook up heart (which, BTW is just as tasty as steak); weak kidneys... you guessed it. So, it certainly can't hurt to get some good bone broth into the diet, and lots of it.

Wives tales aside, bone broth is a wonderfully healing concoction!! All the muscle meat the average person eats is loaded with methionine, but it's greatly lacking in glycine, collagen, gelatin, and all the wonderful bone-building nutrients you find in good old bones!! It's also really good for healing leaky gut. Which, let's be real, most of us are dealing with in this modern world. If you suffer from any kind of autoimmune condition, skin issues, season allergies, etc, you have leaky gut issues.

The best bone broth I ever made was from chicken feet. Sounds nasty, but that stuff was so gelatinous it was almost like Jell-o!! And that's a sign of really good stuff. You can sip on it like tea, you can use it to steam/cook veggies, make soup out of it, or even simmer your other meats in. When I make too much, I just freeze it (in silicone 1/4C serving trays) and then defrost as needed.

Somehow, the masses have still not figured out what a nutrient powerhouse homemade bone broth is, so you can still get "bone backs" from your local butcher super easy and cheap. I just ask for whatever they have that is grass fed, and get a couple pounds. I've tried femurs, ox tail (yummy!), and whatever they have on hand. I cover the bones with filtered water in the stock pot, add a little apple cider vinegar, salt, spices, and bay leaves, and let it simmer. The bigger the bones, the longer they need to cook. If using a slow-cooker, put it on low for at least 24 hours. Bigger bones (like beef femurs), need 2 days.

So, I'm still figuring out how to use this Instant Pot thing, but I'm thinking like 1/4 of the time is about right. I tried that with soft-boiled eggs, and that seemed about right. Anyone have tips or tricks on using the Instant Pot?? I could really use them. It took me two days just to figure out how to let it warm up!!

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