Last year I went to PaleoFX and heard about the wonders of something called “slow bone broth”. I was intrigued. Why is everybody talking about this stuff? It must be off the chain! So I cornered a bunch of the panelists to interrogate them about this miraculous elixir, and was disappointed to discover that slow bone broth is exactly the same broth that my mom used to make. It’s broth. Made with bones.
I guess nowadays most people make broth with bouillon cubes or buy it from a cardboard container. Bouillon is basically salty brown colloid. It looks like what you would get if you pressed mouse turds into a cube. It’s full of chemicals, preservatives and other weird “flavor science” developed in an evil laboratory somewhere in New Jersey. Bouillon broth is gross. Don’t eat it.
Real bone broth is full of minerals, glucosamine, amino acids, gelatin and other goodies that your body needs. And it’s absurdly easy to make. Here’s how I do it. First I buy a roasted chicken. I get chickens from Kowalski’s because the quality is high and the seasoning is reasonable. I peel off all the meat and skin. Then I dump all the bones and whatnot into a slow cooker, along with some peppercorns, a bay leaf and some vegetables, cover everything with filtered water and cook on low.
The next morning you have amazing bone broth. You have to strain out all the bones so I pour the broth over a strainer into a mug. This broth is INSANELY GREAT. It’s like drinking a chicken. Since we’ve been making bone broth I don’t even take glucosamine pills anymore. My knees feel great which is remarkable considering that I’ve been training twice a day.
A couple of tips about bone broth. Once you take some broth out, you should put a mug of water into the slow cooker. That way you can keep the broth going for days. Some bone broth advocates will keep broth going for a week but we usually start over every few days.
A lot of broth makers will drink a quart a day which is kind of nutty. They must not leave the house much. I just have a couple of mugs, one for breakfast, and one in a thermos that I take with me in the morning.
One last tip, for those of you who are trying to lean out. I don’t know what it is about this stuff but it really mutes my appetite…