We live in a society today where we are truly striving to make better food choices. More people are shopping for groceries in Whole Foods stores and on Amazon so that they can be more educated on what it is they are putting into their bodies. Many years ago, large corporations strived to be profitable. By doing this they stepped away from their roots to use healthy ingredients and replaced them with things like MSG and artificial flavoring.
This was done so they could mass produce their products which made them more money. Our society today has really taken a step in the right direction by becoming more aware as to what we are putting into our bodies. We are finally stepping away from mass-produced products from large corporations and are reaching to purchase nutrient packed food that our bodies crave.
Bone broth is something that has been around for centuries dating back to the prehistoric times of our hunter gatherer ancestors. Bones from animals hold an unbelievable amount of nutrients that can really help our bodies to get the proper nutrition to function at its best. In fact, bone broth has been called the ‘Elixir of Life’ and was nicknamed the ‘Jewish Penicillin’ in the Jewish community due to all of its amazing benefits, but what is it?
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is simply when you take the bones and connective tissues from an animal and boil them down into an easily digestible liquid. The bones which are often partnered with a few aromatics are simmered in water to create a nourishing rich broth. The bones used can come from animals like chicken, cows, pigs and turkeys with each animal having different benefits! The most popular bones that are used when making a broth are the animals’ knuckles, feet, joints and marrow bones, cartilage, wings, and thighs, and even hooves, oxtails and shanks.
Stock VS Broth
Yes, I know stock and broth are very similar but not exactly the same. Think of them like sisters. Stock has played an important role in cooking for many years and has been used as the base for which sauces are created.
From gravies to stews, stock has always been a pivotal ingredient found in most kitchens. Stock is made by simmering the bones from your meat for a long period of time. This is how the flavors are extracted. Stock is something that is used to cook with to add flavor and depth to your dish.
Broth is made by using the meatier bones of the animal and is designed to be flavorful enough to simply drink by itself. The best bones come from pastured, organic and grass-fed animals because they are denser with nutrients and come from healthy animals raised in less toxic environments. Broth tends to be lighter than stock and is easy to sip in a mug.
So stock is usually used more so to cook with, and broth is used to consume as is. When we boil the bones for a long time it releases more collagen and amino acids into the bone broth.
What Are The Benefits of Drinking Bone Broth?
Drinking bone broth, also known as the bone broth diet, has some incredible benefits that many people are just now realizing despite being around for centuries! Bone broth helps to support the immune system, strengthens bones, nails, hair and skin, reduces inflammation and joint pain, promotes healthy digestion and even better sleep!
Many people are even reporting that bone broth helps with weight loss due to its metabolism boosting properties. It also helps with weight loss because it has been shown to detoxify the liver to help our body get rid of unwanted toxins. Bone broth is a natural anti-inflammatory as well.
The amino acids found in bone broth include arginine and glycerin which have strong inflammatory effects. Inflammation is a normal response our bodies have when reacting to harmful stimuli. Many people do not realize it but things like alcohol, toxins and stress cause inflammation to our bodies. Over time, inflammation can cause weight gain and even cardiovascular disease. Drinking bone broth with all of its incredible benefits will really help to get rid of inflammation in our bodies to help us feel at our best.
What is Turkey Bone Broth?
Like mentioned above, you can use the bones from many different types of animals, each providing different benefits. One of our favorite animals to use is turkey! Turkey bone broth is when you use the bones and or carcass from a turkey and boil them down to make an easy to drink liquid- or broth!
Turkey bones are packed with an insane amount of nutrients that are oh so good for our bodies like selenium, phosphorus and zinc. Zinc is an essential mineral needed for our bodies to help with enzyme reactions and protein synthesis. Phosphorus is pivotal to bone health and selenium helps to regulate our metabolism.
How Do You Make Turkey Bone Broth?
To make turkey bone broth, you will first need a turkey! When picking out your bird, opt for grass fed organic turkeys to ensure you are getting the most nutrients possible into your broth. Then, you will need a large stock pot or a Dutch oven. When choosing the right pot, you will want to make sure that it is big enough to hold an entire turkey carcass that has a lid.
Having a lid that fits properly is important because when your broth is simmering, it needs to be covered so the liquid does not evaporate too quickly. Throw in the carcass of the bird including the feet, neck and any cartilaginous parts which will usually be found in the joints of the bird where cartilage is present.
Fill up your pot with enough filtered water to generously cover the bones in your pot. This is usually about 10 to 12 cups. Once you have your water in the pot, it is then time to add the most important ingredient to make your broth – acid! This is so critical to making a nutritious broth because acid is what releases the collagen from the connective tissue that adheres to the bones. You can add in a little bit of lemon as your acid, but most people tend to use around two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
Now it is time to add in your seasonings! There are so many different things that you can add into your broth such as onions, sprigs, celery, peppercorn, chives, sea salt and bay leaves. Add a pinch of salt as well but be careful because the saltiness of the broth grows greater as it becomes more concentrated.
Once you have all of your seasonings in the pot, put it on the stove and crank up the heat to bring it to a quick boil. Once the water is boiling, you will want to reduce the heat and let it simmer, covered with the lid, for a total time of 24 hours. Once completed, strain your broth with a mesh strainer and enjoy!
Can You Make Turkey Bone Broth in the Slow Cooker?
There are a variety of ways to make bone broth! Especially turkey bone broth because turkey is such a universal flavor that can go with just about anything. As with any broth, there are many techniques and recipes you can follow. Whether you’re using leftover turkey or using a variety of veggies to satisfy your preference, there are multiple ways to make this recipe your own. This gluten-free, paleo and keto friendly broth can be made in the slow cooker, instant pot, or simply throw it in your stockpot and put it on the stove top.
Turkey bone broth can be put in the fridge to refrigerate for a couple of weeks or placed in the freezer for a longer shelf life. If you do decide to freeze your turkey bone broth, keep in mind the prep time that will be needed to defrost before using. Try heating up a mug and enjoying it in replace of a cup of tea. You can also use it to replace stock in soups and or stews to help give them more flavor! Turkey broth without a doubt has amazing benefits, but once you give it a try, you will see it is also incredibly delicious as well!