In this entry we will be highlighting the variances between broth, stock, and bone broth. I’ll also discuss the health benefits of bone broth and include a simple, bone broth recipe which contains only 9 ingredients. You may ask yourself, why discuss bone broth? Well, bone broth has been a culinary staple in my career as a chef. I tend to favor the use of bone broth because of the deep bold flavor. It enhances soups, sauces, and proteins. However, in recent years I have noticed a shift in how bone broth is being used by many people today.
There are similarities in how broth, stock, and bone broth are created. You'd be surprised at how they each vary in color, flavor, and aroma. Let me begin by explaining the variances in preparation for each one.
Broth: Is made utilizing the preferred protein which can contain a minute use of bones.
(For example: turkey breast or a whole chicken)
Broth is created through the cooking process which takes from 45 minutes and up to 2 hours, which leaves a clear
Stock: Is made utilizing bones with a very small amount of meat content.
(For example: utilizing rib bones or neck bones)
Stock is often cooked from 3 to 4 hours.
Bone Broth: Although it is also made with similar ingredients to stock, the variance comes from the cooking method itself.
(For example: rib bones or neck bones)
The bones are first roasted in the oven for 20 minutes at 450°F and are later cooked in low simmering water between 8 and up 24 hours.
5 Benefits of Bone Broth
Great for reducing inflammation; the natural collagen found in the broth provides nutrients to the intestinal lining and aids in improving leaky gut.
The rich source of collagen improves the youthful tone, texture, and appearance of the skin and helps decrease the signs of accelerated aging resulting in both looking and feeling younger.
Helping to prevent Osteoarthritis, it can also improve both joint pain and improves overall joint health. The natural glucosamine found in the broth eliminates the need to take additional glucosamine supplement.
Glycine is found naturally in bone broth and has shown to improve both sleep and memory function as documented in numerous studies/reports.
Supports and boosts the immune system due to the high concentration of minerals.
Bone Broth Recipe
5 lbs. beef bones (rib bones, neck bones, ox tail, or knuckle bones)
16 cups water
2 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 carrots chopped
2 celery stalks
1 leek chopped
8 garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoon black peppercorns
Preheat oven to 450°F. Place the bones, carrots, leeks, onion, and the garlic in a roasting pan and roast for 20 minutes, flipping the bone mixture halfway.
Once the bone mixture is done roasting place the mixture in a large stock pot. Deglaze the roasting pan removing all the crispy brown bits from the bottom of the roasting pan and add to the stock.
Fill stock pot with water. Add the cider vinegar, bay leaves and peppercorns.
Cover the pot. Once the pot comes to a gentle boil reduce the heat to low. Skim the foam and excess fat occasionally. cook for 8 to 12 hours or unto 24 hours.