Wholesome Healing

There’s a reason chicken soup is sometimes called Jewish Penicillin.

Soup made with broth isn’t simply a comfort food — its healing properties are very real, and the digestion process is gentle on the body. Natasha McBride developed the GAPS diet which uses broth as a foundational food to help heal digestive problems. A few year ago I used the GAPS diet to deal with food allergies that had developed because of digestive problems in my gut. I learned to make broth and use it to help my body heal itself.

Perhaps the best thing about real broth is that it’s super easy to make!

Paula wrote a full-color booklet "1 Bird: 4 Meals" that includes broth-making instructions. Click the button to grab your copy.

As explained in the booklet above, the typical way of preparing bone broth is to cover the bones and vegetables (you can use scraps) with water, bring it to a boil, skim off any foam, and simmer, covered, for a few hours. I find that with high-quality meat, though, there isn’t much foam to skim off at all, so I now use an even simpler method. I simply toss everything into a crock pot and leave it on low overnight or all day or longer!

This week I made perpetual broth in a large crock pot. I started with a chicken carcass that I had stored in the freezer the last time I had prepared a whole chicken. I made the first batch of broth the same day that I cooked up another whole chicken so that I could cook rice for the side dish using fresh broth. I ladled out most of the rest of the broth and left the bones and vegetables in the crock pot, which I put in the fridge until I deboned the other chicken. Then I added the second carcass and more water to make a second batch of broth.

Bone broth makes a great base for any soup or stew.

Simply replace the water in any recipe with broth — your soup will be more flavorful, richer, and bursting with nutrition. If there's a thick layer of fat sealing the top of the broth, it will keep in the fridge for three months. For longer storage, freeze it in plastic containers (glass is liable to break) or use ice cube trays, then store the cubes in a plastic freezer bag.

How do you use broth?

Do you have a favorite soup recipe? Or do you have an unexpected use for broth?