Therapeutic Bone Broth

1 whole organic chicken, approximately 5-5 1/2 pounds (for those of you in the Dayton area, these are available from Fresh Thyme)
Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning grinder, I love how this enhances the broth's flavor
4 carrots, cut into 3" pieces
1 large onion, or 2 medium, quartered
3 stalks of celery, cut into 3" pieces
4 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
Reverse Osmosis water, or other purified water, to fill stock pot

Preparation: Prepare chicken for roasting by removing gizzards and placing them in a small bowl. Set aside in refrigerator until chicken is roasted. Place the chicken in a parchment paper lined (this will keep the natural cooking juices from splattering in the oven) roasting pan, secure wings with twine and tie up legs. Sprinkle liberally using Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning grinder or with Colima sea salt and ground pepper. Roast at 375 degrees for approximately 2-2 1/2 hours, until temperature reaches 170 degrees. Remove from oven. Let cool. Remove meat from carcass and save and refrigerate the meat for another use. Slowly add the carcass, pan juices and any additional bones, or skin from the chicken to an 8 quart stock pot. Add the gizzards and neck from the refrigerator. Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic and peppercorn to the stockpot. Add 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar which you will not taste, but will help to break down the bones and allow the nutrients to be drawn out. Fill stock pot with room temperature water. Simmer on the lowest temperature for approximately 24 hours. Broth will become golden in color the longer it cooks. Remove bones, and vegetables from broth. Pour and press through a strainer and cheese cloth to get smaller pieces. Discard the remaining bones, and cooked vegetables. Let the broth cool. Then store in 2- 2 quart glass containers in the refrigerator for up to one week, or freeze until later use. To use, bring 12-16 ounces of the broth to a simmer in a small saucepan. Do not microwave. For additional therapeutic support, you can add 1 tablespoon of organic bovine gelatin to 1/4 cup of water in a mug. Let proof while heating chicken broth to a simmer. Immediately pour broth over gelatin, stir to incorporate, and drink while hot.

Some additional information: 

  • The difference between chicken stock and bone broth is simply the amount of time that it simmers. The longer that it is over very low heat, the deeper and richer the flavor becomes, and more nutrient dense as well.
  • I do not add salt to the broth. The flavor is enhanced by the peppercorns, and vegetables, and the seasoning that was used on the chicken when it was roasted. 
  • You can substitute beef bones for the chicken bones. Just make sure they are from clean sourced, grass-fed animals.
  • If you can not get organic bones, do not make bone broth. 
  • Absolutely NO microwaving. We haven't used a microwave oven for so long that I forget that most people still have them in their homes. Microwaving will reverse the lovely organic process of infusing the broth with all those quality nutrients! It will break it down and change it on a molecular level! And therefore would NOT provide all of the benefits listed in this post! Using a small saucepan to heat it to a simmer is simple and easy!
  • This recipe can also be prepared in a slow cooker or an Instant Pot. I've never used one, so I am not sure about the amount of water that they can hold, but my friend, B.G., uses one to make her broth.
  • I've used this as part of my daily consumption, and I've used it in conjunction with juice fasting. Both have provided amazing health benefits with advanced detoxing and cellular cleansing.
  • My girls teased me mercilessly about my new habit and my obsession over it until some of their video bloggers, and IG buddies began talking about swinging into their local broth hot spots for a to-go cup as they headed off to start the day! Soooo, maybe their mom isn't nutty after all... maybe she's even a bit of a trend-setter, now that's going a little too far, since bone broth has been prepared and consumed by generations upon generations before her. It's just kinda nice to feel validated to your children... by social media. 
  • If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact me by email at lisa@alivingwellife.

From the Living Well recipe collection.