Chicken Broth Benefits and How To

June 29, 2018

A really good friend will bring you chicken broth when you're sick.  Let's look at some of the key ingredients of broth and how to make it.

When you boil the chicken bones in water for a couple of hours the following can be found in the broth:

  • Gelatin-This promotes gut health by forming a protective coating on the intestinal lining.  It also promotes hair and nail growth.
  • Glycosaminoglycans-These promote collagen production in the joints, which should help decrease pain and inflammation.
  • Glycine-This amino acid is important in the immune system, digestion system, and can break down fats!
  • Minerals-You can find calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus in the broth which is good for bone health.

One way to make chicken broth is to roast a whole chicken and then boil the bones after you've removed the meat.  Another option is to make broth with what I call a chicken carcass.  When we are processing chickens for our customers, some customers prefer pieces rather than the whole.  I remove the thighs/legs, wings, and breasts.  This leaves the carcass, which includes the neck, back, and rib cage.  Sometimes I have extra so let me know if you're interested.  I'll take 8-10 of these carcasses and put them in a large stock pot (I use a water canning pot).  I fill the pot with water and loosely follow Bell's recipe for canning (carrots, celery, onion, salt, pepper).  I boil it for about 2 hours, strain through cheesecloth and then fill 7 or 8 quart jars with broth.  Then I pressure can the broth.  If you are intimidated by pressure canning you could also freeze the broth.


Rachael Ferguson

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