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Bone broth from beef and chickens.

Since there has been so many people asking about how to make bone broth, or as my DH would call it “Bone jelly”. I just happened to make some yesterday and thought I’d help some of you out by posting my recipe and how I do it. I have had great success with my method. It can be either real easy or time consuming, but either way it turns out flawless for me every single time. I will give you the amounts of what I use and the two different types I make right now are chicken and beef.

My crock pot is a 5 quart programmable stainless steel one, I had a bigger one and I’m going to get another one just for making bone broth easier.

I only use grass fed bones and day old marked down organic produce that I get from a store right around the corner from my house for 1.00 a bag and I pull out what is usable and compost the rest in my friends keyhole garden.  I get my beef bones at Whole Foods Market for only 2.99 a pound, that is less expensive than the regular grocery chains non- grass fed bones of 5.99 a pound. I also will be getting bones from Farm to Forks, a wonderful new thing I just learned about.  That is where I got my chicken carcasses and feet from for a awesome price of 1.00 a pound.  The carcasses are meaty enough to make chicken soup out of and then make bone broth.  Here is the hows and how much

Ingredients for chicken broth

10 chicken feet

2 chicken carcusses

4 to 6 cloves of whole garlic

1 whole onion skin on

8 to 10 whole peppercorns

2 TBS Apple cider vinegar

1 tsp sea salt

3 to 4 celery stalks with leaves

2 to 3 carrots

If your crock pot or stock pot is large enough you can leave the vegetables whole for ease of removal.

Place all ingredients in your stock pot (my chicken parts are frozen and my crock pot is small, this is why I start it this way)

cover with purified water and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer all day. Transfer to your crock pot right before bed time and continue cooking in your crock pot for 20 more hours.  Strain your broth after cooking in your crock pot and place into your refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and solidifies. Scrap off the fat if you wish and put into jars or other containers, for a space saver you can put the chilled jellied broth into zip lock baggies and freeze flat.  I freeze a couple jars, making sure I leave 1 full inch at the top for expansion.  

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Beef bone broth ingredients

3 to 6 pounds of Beef bones ( what ever you can fit in the crock pot)

4 to 6 cloves of whole garlic

1 whole onion skin on

8 to 10 whole peppercorns

2 TBS Apple cider vinegar

1 tsp sea salt

3 to 4 celery stalks with leaves

2 to 3 carrots

Put all ingredients into the crock pot and cover with purified water turn on low and cook for 30 hours. It has a rich beefy taste with garlic overtones.

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Beef vegetable soup, Paleo and comforting.

beef soup

I knew we were going to get a little cold snap this week/ weekend and I decided I really wanted a good pot of Beef and vegetable soup. I went and gathered yesterday and hit the jackpot on great prices. At Whole Foods Market they have Portabella mushrooms on sale for 2.99 a pound. I will go back today and get some more of those, maybe try my hand at dehydrating them and make a Sheppard’s pie, also called Cottage pie.  I got grass fed ground beef for 4.99 a pound and yes I stocked up! Parsnips, I have never tried them so I got three really healthy looking ones. I hate cutting onions so I cheated and bought organic red onion already chopped at Whole Foods, as well as celery and a bag of organic baby carrots.  I have found that no matter what, if I buy a bunch of celery, most of it goes bad before I can use all of it. Maybe I should dehydrate some and then try using it in a soup or casserole.  My wonderful and dear friend across the street gave be a beautiful bunch of Asparagus.

 Here is the how to do it part and the what I put in it, I am trying very hard to write down what I throw in my recipes because I really just go into the kitchen, throw stuff together and hope for the best! 

1 large peeled chopped parsnip

1/2 bag of baby carrots chopped

1 bunch of fresh asparagus chopped

1/3 lb of organic celery chopped

1/3 lb organic red onion chopped

2 Portabello mushrooms chopped

1 lb grass fed ground beef

1 piece cooked nitrate and nitrite free bacon

64 oz. organic beef broth

4 bay leaves

4 tsp garlic granules

2 tsp sea salt

2 TBS grass fed butter ( sub coconut oil or bacon grease if you don’t eat dairy)

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 1/2 tsp Herb mix ( rosemary,parsley,oregano,basil,mint,sage and thyme)

I got this at Aldi’s it’s called Country Herb mix. It has a very trace amount of sea salt in it too.

Place all of your chopped vegetables, except mushrooms, in a soup pot and add 32 ounces of broth and spices, cook on medium high heat uncovered. Brown ground beef, drain and set aside.  Place butter or other cooking fat in sauce pan add chopped mushrooms and cook until desired consistency.  Once vegetables are very tender and broth has cooked down to barley covering them, add the other 32 oz, of broth, browned ground beef, chopped cooked bacon and mushrooms. Simmer for about a hour on lowest heat possible. Taste and make any spice adjustments needed for your tastes. If you make this please let me know how you liked it. Comments are welcome!!

I had also bought a yellow and zucchini squash, but decided to save those for Cottage pie.

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Paleo creamy mushroom beef soup, dairy free

I went to the store today because I got inspired on one of the face book pages I visit.  I went to go get mushrooms to make a soup. I walked into the produce section and I saw the most amazing sight, local cauliflower. This head of cauliflower was no ordinary head of cauliflower, no sir. It had to weigh almost ten pounds and that is no fish story! I made a new soup and three other dishes using one head of cauliflower .  It’s cold and dreary here in BIG “D” so I had soup on the brain and I am quite pleased with how it turned out. Creamy just like it had dairy, but there is no cow juice in it ;). I had to leave out onions because DH doesn’t like them, they really would have put this soup over the top!

The recipe is as follows;

1 head of cauliflower

4 cups of bone broth of your choice

2 tsp. garlic

1/8 tsp Thyme

1/2 to 1 cup coconut milk or nut milk of choice

Himalayan pink sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

1 pound ground grass fed beef or ground Bison

3 Portabella mushrooms

Rinse cauliflower well, remove leaves and large stems, cut into small pieces, put broth into dutch oven or soup pot and add cauliflower, cook until very tender and falling apart. Brown meat , when done remove meat from pan and add mushrooms, saute mushrooms in meat drippings.   Blend cooked cauliflower and bone broth until creamy ( I use a stick/immersion blender) , add garlic,thyme,sea salt and pepper. Slowly add coconut or milk of choice to cauliflower mixture over low heat until desired consistency is reached, add cooked ground beef and mushrooms and simmer for 10 minutes. Let sit for about 15 minutes and enjoy a nice hot steamy, creamy bowl of warming soup. I did not use the whole head of this cauliflower in my soup, it weighed close to 8 pounds.ImageImage

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