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Homemade bone broth is now synonymous with health-oriented nutrition. Rich in amino acids (protein), collagen and healthy cholesterol it is an invaluable addition to a diet that targets immunity, physiological recovery (injury, sports trauma, post-operative care), gut flora and any type of inflammatory conditions (RA, Coeliac, leaky gut syndrome).
Not to be confused with stock (which is when pre-cooked bones are boiled down), bone broth is always made by cooking raw bones. This is the only way to access the nutritional benefits of the raw bone-marrow situated in the bone cavities. Cooking already cooked carcasses or bones will produce a beautiful coloured stock but it will not be as rich in nutrients as one cooked from raw bones.
To make I love using beef or chicken bones which I add to plain water along with vegetables and spices and boil for a couple of hours - you can also add chicken meat and noodles to make the most infamous immune-boosting elixir of all, chicken noodle soup! Or another trick is to use fish bones and make a French lobster bisque, to produce broth rich in marine collagen.
If you purchase bone broth, the easiest way to check if it's high in collagen (hello, youthful and plump skin!) is to see if it produces a jelly-like texture and wobble upon refrigeration. The more jelly-like the texture, the higher the collagen content.