Simple Bone Broth: **organic or free range chickens if possible!
-3 chicken carcases (as little meat left on as possible, can be uncooked or from previously roasted chickens)
-6 large brown onions, skins on, cut in quarters
-3 whole garlic bulbs, skins on, cut in half through all cloves (width of bulb)
-6 large carrots, untrimmed at the ends and peel on, cut in chunks
-4 bay leaves
Chicken carcass prep:
Roast chicken bones, raw or cooked previously, under an oven broiler (about 250 degrees Celcius) until golden brown in colour (all-over without burning, watch this to make sure it only browns!!!). Take the carcases out of the oven and carefully, using heat resistant gloves or a sharp knife, break the chicken bones as much as possible. This releases the bone marrow which makes for an extremely healthy and rich tasting broth.
Stove top prep:
On high heat using a large pot or stock pot, if you have one, add the onions, garlic bulbs, carrots and bay leaves. Now transfer the chicken bones to the pot and squash down on top of veggies. Add cold water to just about an inch over the top of the chicken bones. Add a lid to the pot and let it come to a boil. When it has reached a boil lower temperature to a simmer with lid slightly off, as to let some water evaporate. Simmer for minimum 4 hours, or until liquid is reduced by half.
Let the broth stand with no heat for an hour if possible to cool. Pour liquid and solids through a colander, catching the liquid in a bowl underneath. Use a smaller-holed colander or cheese cloth to strain liquid again for a clearer broth (add salt to desired taste or keep unsalted). Keep in the broth in a bowl in the fridge over night and skim off the fat layer that separates when cold. Transfer to small batches and put into the freezer for later use, freeze in an ice-cube tray, or keep in the fridge and make soup of any kind by just adding you favourite veggies and meat!
Chicken bone broth is high in nutrients and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and many more. Its great for helping clear a cold and to maintain immune strength! I like to add whatever veggies I have laying around, cut in small pieces, simmered in broth, and then adding a touch of lime or lemon to make a light and zesty snack. Hope you enjoy this recipe! Be aware and eat with care