Bone What?

Bones + meat + water + vinegar + 24 hour simmer = Bone Broth

 

 

Tradition

At Kitchen Witch, we follow lead of the Weston A Price Foundation and use the terms interchangeably. In order to have a range of nutrients and great taste, we use both meat and a wide variety of bones in our broth. To us, a long simmer is non-negotiable. So, Kitchen Witch Broth is just that: the simmering of bones, meat,  and water, low and slow, for hours on end.

Our grandmothers, and our grandmothers’ grandmothers lived by the adage ‘waste not, want not’ and put to every bit of food to use. This is why stock pots are, and always have been, seen on stoves in every culture. At Kitchen Witch, we wish to reverse the modern trend of incredible waste by going back to our roots. Those odd bits, hard bones, and organic veggies? We toss them in the stockpot, give them some heat, and extract their gold!

BENEFITS

Regular consumption of real bone broth may:

Enhance immunity

Reduce body-wide inflammation

Reduce auto-immunity

Improve digestion, soothe the gut

Strengthen joints

Fortify tendons, ligaments, and muscles

Plump Skin and Reduce Cellulite

Nourish  mom and baby during pregnancy

Help re-build postpartum bodies

Method

Bone variety really counts. We cast a wide net to harness all the nutrients. It is said that the wider the variety of bones, the greater diversity in nutrients. Gelatin, (the extracted form of collagen) renowned for its ability to coat and heal chronically inflamed gut linings, is pulled from cartilage, tendons and ligaments. 

Cartilage also yields glycosaminoglycans, chondroitin sulfate, and keratin sulfate, read more here. Calcium and phosphorus are extracted from all hard bones. These important precursors to red blood cell formation, and that of white blood cells (think immune builders) are found in red marrow bones. 

Why the vinegar? Vinegar speeds break down and extraction of nutrients hidden in hard bone. Simple vegetables and herbs round out flavor, offering minerals as well. Roasting deepens flavor and further breaks down meat for ease of extraction into water. 

Bone Broth offers a gamut of nutrients and the benefits multiply: as gelatin heals the gut lining, we are able to better absorb constituents of broth, and our food in general. As we absorb more nutrients, the gut lining is better able to repair itself…and onward goes the healing. Below is a list of nutrients commonly purported to be found in properly prepared broth. Our list is by no means complete, but does feature the main powerhouse nutrients thought to be found in good broth.