I’m sure that you’ve heard the buzz about bone broth by now. Up until a couple of years ago, I didn’t know there was a difference between bone broth and soup stock. The main differences are the length of time each are cooked and the extra nutrition you get from broth vs. stock.
If you have not heard of bone broth, do some research and you’ll quickly see why it’s not only delicious but so beneficial to your health. Bones from animals offer a variety of benefits to your health including improving your immune system, strengthening bones, healing digestive system lining, improves your complexion and much more. Of all the broths I’ve made and tasted over the last couple years, my absolute favorite broth to make and devour is Chicken Foot Bone Broth.
There are so many ways to make broth and it seems everyone has “the best” recipe or “the most effective” way to leach even more goodness from the bones. I’ve tried roasting the bones, soaking them for hours in apple cider vinegar and several other tricks I’ve read about, but the truth is, every recipe is divine and I’ve never tasted a bad broth. I like to keep things easy in my kitchen and that’s exactly what my broth recipe is!
Here is what you’ll need to make my very easy, super tasty and gelatinous Chicken Foot Bone Broth:
- A Large Stock Pot (I use an 8 quart stock pot typically)
- 1 lb of Chicken Feet, membranes removed – a little less than a pound or a little more than a pound will be just fine as well
- 3 Garlic Cloves
- 2 Carrots
- 2 Celery Stalks
- 1 Onion
- 2 Tablespoons of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Bay Leafs
- Garlic Powder
- Sea Salt
One important rule that you must remember is there are no rules when it comes to seasoning the broth. You can pretty much add in whatever veggies and seasonings you like and the broth will turn out amazing. Don’t feel as if you need to stick to my recipe, toss in whatever you have on hand.
I prefer to make small batches of broth because I don’t have a lot of freezer space to store jars. If you prefer large batches, double the recipe.
Put Chicken Feet into Stock Pot
I leave the veggies in large pieces so they are easy to strain once the broth is finished. Cut the carrots, celery, garlic and onions and add them to the pot.
Sprinkle garlic powder, salt and a dash of oregano into the pot. Add Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), toss in bay leaves and fill the pot up with water. I normally use an 8 quart pot and fill it about 2″ from the top.
Bring pot to a boil, cover and reduce heat to gently simmer for 24 hours. Once complete you will have a golden liquid that is going to bring much joy to your life. I enjoy broth by the mugful but it’s great to use for homemade soup recipes as well as. Typically I’ll add a little additional salt or seasoning once it’s finished simmering.
Once the broth has cooled, strain it and store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 7 days. I find that my small batches of broth ALWAYS gel up.
What’s great about the bones is that you can use them again! I often times strain out my broth, leave all the bones and previously cooked produce in the pot, add more of everything from the ingredients list, sans new bones and cook a second batch. The second round does not usually produce such a gelatinous broth as the first, but it still tastes great and it’s perfect to use for soup and other cooking.
My absolute favorite way to use my broth is to make soup with it. Almost daily I have kimchi, broth and two poached eggs for breakfast or lunch. It’s a fantastically flavorful meal that is very nourishing for the body and low on calories. Try it!
All products used in this post were generously provided by Lakewinds Food Co-op.
The EcoFeminist says
Great to know – my husband and I always thought “bone broth” was just the hippie way of saying “stock” and that’s great to know there IS a difference! We’d have to haul our arses to the other side of town to the Asian grocer to get those chicken feet though, not something found in a regular or even natural grocer here. Will definitely put on our list though! As for us we just make 8 or 9 quarts of stock with similar ingredients except just the frame of a whole chicken we’d recently roasted instead of the feet. Makes the house smell soooo good!
Yes, making soup with my whole chicken leftovers is delicious as well! Just cook it 20 hours longer than you do your stock 🙂 The house does smell incredible… it’s almost unbearable to be home while it’s cooking because it smells so amazing, but it’s soothing to smell it in the night while asleep!
good article! It almost made me want to make it except the part about removing the membranes…..
I buy feet with membranes removed, but not everyone has that option. But the stores around you do Bonnie… Lakewinds has them!
I am new at making bone broth. Where do you find grass fed beef bones to buy?
I buy my bones from Lakewinds Food Co-op in Richfield, MN. They are several locations around the area if you are from MN? They butcher their animals at the store so they have a great variety of bones for sale. I hope that helps!