What Is Bone Broth?

December 17, 2015

What Is Bone Broth?

Bone broth - unless you’ve been hiding out the past few years you’ve probably heard of it.  But you may not know exactly what it is.  

The name itself sounds a little gross at first, and leads many to imagine a broth made of ground up bones.  It’s definitely not that.  Put simply, bone broth is what your great grandmother would have simply called “broth”, and making it was probably a routine part of her week.  

So what makes bone broth different from regular broth or stock?  A lot of things.  First, regular broth is cooked for a relatively short period of time, usually between 1 and 4 hours.  Bone broth is slow cooked at a low simmer, typically between 18 - 24 hours.  Here at Bone & Co, we cook our bone broth for a full 24 hours.  

This extra long cooking method is the defining characteristic of bone broth, since the slow simmer process is credited for pulling extra nutrients, minerals and collagen from the bones, all in a form the body can easily absorb (source).  Without this long simmer, you can’t consider your broth true bone broth.  The best bone broth will gel when chilled, which indicates high gelatin content.

Second, regular canned broth or stock-in-a-box can have all sorts of additives, preservatives, and mystery ingredients included.  Think hard to pronounce chemicals, caramel coloring and the always ambiguous “natural flavors” category.  Due to it’s popularity in health and fitness circles, bone broth is almost always prepared exclusively with gluten free, whole food ingredients.  It’s still important to be an avid label reader if you purchase your bone broth.

And last (but perhaps most fun), bone broth has a huge taste advantage over regular broth.  Because it is a carefully prepared, slow simmered artisan food product made from select whole food ingredients, the flavor difference is night and day.  Imagine the most amazing, rich broth you’ve ever tasted.  Flavorful enough that it can qualify as soup with a few simple mix-ins.  Now imagine cracking open a can of regular broth from a big box grocery store and taking a swing.  No thanks.

A nod to all the culinary geeks and purists:  technically, bone broth should be named “bone stock” instead.  Stock is made from simmering bones in water, while broth is made using meat, and is usually cooked for a shorter period of time.  But the modern world has dubbed it “bone broth”, so bone broth it is.

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(source) http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/broth-is-beautiful/