Bone broth is one of those buzzy health-food dishes that’s been everywhere over the past year. But what exactly is it? Though most homemade broths and stocks are made with bones and meat scraps, bone broth is different because it’s generally simmered for quite a long time. Normal stock might sit over low heat on the stove for a few hours, but bone broth goes for around 12 hours (up to 48!) to coax as many nutrients from the bones and connective tissue as possible. Bones are super-rich in vitamins, like A and K, and nutrients, like iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous. These nutrients can help improve bone and joint health; fight inflammation; and can help support weight loss. The flavor of bone broth is rich and savory, the perfect addition to soups, stews, sauces or simply sipped on its own.
This recipe from Main Line Health doubles down on the health benefits of bone broth by adding turmeric and ginger, two incredible rhizomes that are themselves loaded with flavor and health benefits, including immunity support and anti-inflammation. To save on time, start with the roasted bones of a rotisserie chicken (save the meat for chicken salad!) and chicken wings, then simmer it for a nice long time with a bunch of spices and aromatics — a great job for a slow cooker, if you have one. The result is a tasty, versatile and nutritious broth that keeps well in the fridge or freezer and lends a hefty dose of flavor to anything it’s added to.
Check out our video and then head to Main Line Health’s blog for the full recipe!
- Photo and video: Dish Works for Main Line Health