Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chicken Noodle Soup, and Bone Broths

Looking to warm up your body and soul this winter?  For centuries, and in cultures throughout the world, bone broths have been inexpensively prepared, and enjoyed.

The term bone broth represents the simple act of taking left over animal bones and boiling them in water until they produce a nutrient rich broth.

According to Jenny at Nourished Kitchen:

As the bones cook in water – especially if that water has been made slightly acidic by the inclusion of cider vinegar – minerals and other nutrients leach from the bones into the water.   Homemade broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals.   The minerals in broth are easily absorbed by the body.   Bone broth even contains glucosamine and chondroiton – which are thought to help mitigate the deletorious effects of arthritis and joint pain.  (Source)

chicken broth slow cooker
Photo courtesy of Nourished Kitchen
Tonight I used the bones I had leftover from a whole, free range, organic chicken.  That means the highest quality of meat, with the least amount of junk added in.

I purchased my chicken for $2.99/lb. (already brined) at Trader Joe's, where I recently found out that all the meat that is their name brand is all free range, cage free meat.  I love that.

After getting two meals out of the meat from my whole chicken, I then set about to cook up the bones.  The result was a delicious chicken noodle soup that warmed both the body and the soul.

You can get the easy and delicious Chicken Noodle Soup recipe I made here.

For Jenny's great bone broth recipe you can get it here.

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