Making Beef Bone Broth at Home

Once you use this beef bone broth recipe, you’ll never want to go back to buying store bought again! I’ve taken a lovely and decadent recipe by Rhoda Boone I found on Epicurious and adapted it to make a more affordable, bulk batch of delicious beef broth.

Be sure to visit my Chicken Broth Recipe for instructions on how to bag your broth to both store and thaw it easily!

Quality Matters when Making Beef Bone Broth at Home

When it comes to nourishment, you are what your food eats. It’s really important to source grass-fed beef from reputable farms (local is best!) to obtain the most nutrients out of what you’re feeding yourself and your family.

Making Beef Bone Broth at Home

Optimum health requires animal foods and fats. Vitamins A, D, K2, B12, B6, Zinc, essential fatty acids, and amino acids are all beneficial nutrients. You will find some of these beneficial nutrients exclusively in sustainably raised animal products.

Conventionally Raised vs. Pasture Raised

Conventionally raised animals are typically raised in ultra-confinement conditions with little to no access to the outdoors. They are almost always fed artificially with inexpensive GMO feed. They are often given performance-enhancing drugs which causes them to be efficient and profitable. There is also usually zero regard to humane processing options available when it comes to conventional meat. Modern conveniences do not come with consequences on both the animals well-being and the health of those consuming the meat products produced this way.

Pasture raised animals are raised primarily outdoors with appropriate access to shelter to protect them against the elements. They are almost always fed expensive non-GMO feed or grass. They are not given antibiotics (mainly because it’s often unnecessary in their living conditions with no confinement). These animals are typically processed humanely with care and thanks being given to the animal. Regenerative farming is also common with these farming methods.

Making beef bone broth at home requires some homework, if you want to do it right.

Know Your Farmer(s)

The most important thing to consider when sourcing animal products we consume is not always looking for the cheapest cut. Sometimes we are in positions where we have to consider the cost of our food. I am currently one of those people. Based on what I know, though, I can no longer make a decision based ONLY on the lowest price tag.

I think what we have been conditioned to blindly do in our culture is walk up to the meat section of our grocery store and not consider it’s origination. We don’t ask questions like, “Did this animal have access to sunshine and grass over the course of it’s life?” Instead we tend to think more like, “What’s on sale this week?”

There are nutrients our bodies require to obtain optimum health. Some of those are EXCLUSIVELY found in animal products raised in the right environment (pasture raised, etc.) These nutrients are simply not found in nature outside of these conditions.

Let’s stop considering simply the cost of the meat we are buying. But, let’s also consider the cost of what looking the other way could mean for these animals, as well as our health. Are you with me?

Making Chicken Bone Broth at Home

If you’re not already making your own bone broth in your kitchen: you’re spending either too much on the good stuff or too little on the imitation of the good stuff. Chicken bone broth is so versatile in home cooking, as well as extremely nourishing and sustainable.

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Benefits of Bone Broth

According to the book Nourishing Broth – An Old Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World by Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. Daniel, bone broth has the ability to support a number of ailments. It improves the gut by aiding digestion. It strengthens bones and joints and stabilizes moods. This liquid gold even restores the weak and ailing back to health and a normal appetite with it’s many provided minerals and nutrients.

Nourishing Broth is another must have book by Sally.

It’s no mystery why we think we need chicken soup every time we get sick. There is truth behind that notion, but the stuff we find in a can today doesn’t cut it. True bone broth, slow simmered for hours over heat, has the ability to work wonders for various ailments. However, broths we find on the grocery store today are a terrible substitution for this wonderful food that has almost vanished from our kitchens. Thankfully, in a pinch, you can find decent ones in the freezer section, but you’ll certainly pay a steep price for it. This is one great reason to make chicken bone broth at home.

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Uses for Bone Broth

You can easily replace stock in any soup recipe you come across with homemade bone broth. It takes a basic soup recipe and majorly improves the nutritional quality of that soup. Green Soup is my household’s favorite way to utilize this homemade chicken broth. If you haven’t tried it yet, get it on your meal plan ASAP!

Another great way to add more of this liquid gold into your diet is making rice with it. It can even replace water in a homemade mac n’ cheese recipe like these ones from Jovial. This will also increase the protein content of your rice or mac n’ cheese, which is great!

The simplest way to use homemade bone broth is by reheating it on the stove, adding a bit of salt, and sipping on it throughout the day like a cup of tea. Especially when you or someone in your home is ill, this is a great way to boost your immune system and strengthen your gut and body.

Store-Bought vs. Homemade

We don’t always realize that something like Better Than Bouillon isn’t the best option for us, health wise. Sure, it’s tasty, but it’s not contributing to our health. Just because something has a label with “organic” doesn’t equal nutrient dense, either. A handful of the ingredients in Better Than Bouillon are: cane sugar, maltodextrin, flavoring, and natural flavor. A quick search online will bring up a description of maltodextrin:

It is commonly used for the production of soft drinks and candy. It can also be found as an ingredient in a variety of other processed foods.

Wikipedia

Can sugar is one of the furthest things from a healthy food option. My recipe below includes no sugar added to your homemade broth. It’s simply not needed. Consider researching how highly-addictive sugar is and you’ll begin to understand why it’s put in just about every commercially produced food product that is marketed to us.

Natural flavorings can be just about anything. Again, research these things so you have a more well-rounded view on what you’re reading on your food labels while shopping for your family.

The cost to purchase the really good options in a store are more than double that of their watered-down imitations. In a pinch, I have purchased store-bought broth before, but I wasted a lot of money on it considering it costs me close to nothing to make at home. The best options in the store won’t be sitting on the shelf, though. You typically want to look at the options in the freezer section of the store to find the actual bone broth.

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Storing Your Homemade Broth

The best method I’ve discovered for storing homemade bone broth is in the freezer in a food saver bag. I freeze my chicken broth in quart-sized bags, and lay them flat to dry. I’ve yet to have a bag break on me using this method. You simply seal one end, fill the open end with cooled broth, and lay your bag down with enough edge to seal without it seeping out. You can carefully remove all of the air out by hand and use the moist button while sealing. Do not use the function that removes the air, or you’ll have a big mess.

Lay your bags flat in the freezer and then you can store them how you’d like once they’re solid. I hope this helps you as much as it has me!

Sore Throat and Cough Relief Recipe

When I need relief for a sore throat and cough strike in my house, I am super grateful when I have all of the ingredients on hand for this quick recipe to find relief. It can also be useful for a pesky cough, as pineapple juice is fantastic for that. It’s actually surprising that I can even stand this recipe because I absolutely loathe vinegar of any kind and there’s an entire OUNCE of it per serving in this. It’s totally enjoyable to drink, though, I promise! If I can do it, so can you. Scroll to the bottom for the printable recipe!

What’s in it that benefits a sore throat and cough?

Only the best! This sore throat and cough relief recipe uses high-quality elder berry syrup, pure pineapple juice, raw apple cider vinegar, food-grade lemon essential oil or fresh lemon juice, raw or Manuka honey, and filtered hot water.

Elder Berry Syrup

If you’re new to the power of elderberry syrup, you’re in for a treat! Visit my Instagram saved highlight labelled “elder berry” to learn all about the incredible benefits of this amazing stuff. And for goodness sake, PLEASE don’t rely on store-bought syrups or tinctures. They are either full of unwanted sugars, or taste absolutely awful and you cannot guarantee how fresh or potent they are. Stick to DIY and either buy locally from someone who makes it, or purchase the ingredients you need to make your own at home. Get my FREE recipe here!

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Pineapple Juice

Besides tasting so yummy, pineapple juice is awesome for relieving coughs. Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that has anti-inflammatory properties. It fights infections and kills bacteria. Drinking pineapple juice helps soothe a sore throat and aids the body to expel mucous easily. Perfect addition to this mix!

Remember not to just grab any pineapple juice, either. Many fruit juices are hardly juice at all and contain added sugars that will only fuel the fire to your cold. You want pure (preferably organic) pineapple juice for this!

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Apple Cider Vinegar

I said it once, I’ll say it again: I LOATHE the smell and taste of vinegar. However, in this I can totally handle it! I cook with it regularly, too, but it gets so mixed in and diluted it usually doesn’t bother me in cooking. I am happy to say this turns out delicious, despite the entire ounce of Apple Cider Vinegar that goes into the single serving.

You might not know this, but not all ACV is created equally. This is literally the ONLY brand I will buy because it always has the “mother” with it. I can’t remember what that means right now (super tired fighting a cold myself), but I know someone told me a long time ago it’s important, so I just go with that. Plus, it’s organic and unpasteurized, right up my ally!

Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties and definitely is the key ingredient in the throat relief this tea provides.

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Lemon

I usually don’t have fresh lemons on hand, but when I do that’s what my go-to is for this concoction. I definitely always have an organic lemon juice in my fridge, and food-grade lemon essential oil so one of those are typically what I grab when I feel that sore throat coming on.

Aside from being tasty and fantastic for your immune system, lemons have many other known benefits and uses (list sourced from gbnews):

  • Prevents bacterial growth & infections
  • Relieves nausea
  • Treat throat infections (from the common cold to tonsillitis)
  • Loosens chest congestion
  • Treats urinary tract infections, as a result of lemon’s diuretic properties
  • Lowers the effect on blood sugar levels, when consumed with a meal
  • Regular use can relieve joint pain, lemon juice is an anti-inflammatory because of its anti-oxidants
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Raw/Manuka Honey

Not only does this add some delicious sweetness, it is soothing and aids in healing from illness. Using Manuka honey will give a major extra boost, if you choose to use it!

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Enjoy the Relief!

Don’t want to take it from me? Read this review for more thoughts:

[This] sore throat tea remedy works awesome! When a sore throat hits me, I’ve always had to ride it out in a lot of pain. I used this tea twice in one day and I am here to tell you I did not ride it out this time! My pain and sore throat were both gone. On day two, just as a precaution, I had another cup full and “poof” I was almost as good as new! Followed up by an extra few spoonfuls of Cultivating Motherhood’s Elderberry Syrup that day I was well and feeling great again.

-A Happy Reader

Some Other Immune Boosters I Use

I usually pull out all of the stops when either I, or one of my crew starts getting the sniffles. Over the last 9 years, I have gathered an array of information that helps support our bodies when we are ill.

Here is a simple list of the numerous things I keep in my cabinet/fridge/freezer, and things I do to help support our bodies during illness (or when exposed to illness):

  • elder berry syrup – all we use is my recipe, get yours free right here!
  • vitamin C – not all created equal, please do your research on which ones are best absorbed
  • vitamin D – liquid only in my house, again…research this for yourself!
  • bee propolis – one of nature’s many natural “antibiotics”
  • fermented cod liver oil – numerous benefits, I use Green Pasture Cinnamon Tingle Flavor
  • OnGuard, Breathe, and Serenity essential oil blends – I currently use dōTERRA, and recommend only other therapeutic grade oils like Young Living, etc.
  • homemade bone broth – for sipping, and for soups
  • limit sugar intake – illness feeds on sugars, fresh fruit only when we have the yuckies
  • increase dark leafy greens
  • encourage rest – naps for the whole house
  • stay home – the last thing I want to do is expose someone else to what we have, and/or expose our active immune responses to something else to fight off
  • and more – I’ll add more here as I remember!

I hope the next time you need relief from a sore throat and cough, this will do just the trick! Print the recipe below to use now or to save for a rainy day!