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At the recent Cooking Class we held at our South East Community Action Center (SENCA) one of the tips given was how to make vegetable broth. We amped up the soups we demonstrated with home made broth which was not only CHEAP but really easy to make. *The taste factor was a WOW!
Today I ‘d like to chat with you about BONE BROTH. The leftover carcass from your Thanksgiving turkey or any chicken bones, bones left from chops or roasts or any meat can make a tasty and highly nutritious broth for use in soups, gravies, and stews. The value of bone broth is the calcium that comes out of the bones and into the broth. So you get very good tasting broth and a wealth of nutrition. It would be a pity to toss this into the trash!
SIDEBAR: There is a LOT of buzz about food waste in the home. One lady was asked to weigh the waste that came from their dinner plates. In only 2 days, there was a total of 4# (FOUR POUNDS!) of food scraped into the trash! People-CHILDREN-all over this country are going to bed hungry and going to school hungry and people are throwing food into the trash at alarming rates! END SIDEBAR.
So here is how you make bone broth: Place whatever bones you have into a pot. Cover the bones with water and season with salt, pepper, onion and/or garlic powder or whatever flavors your gang fancies. Let it simmer as long as you like. Taste the broth when you are satisfied it has simmered long enough. If you like the flavor, it is done. If you want to change the flavor, add whatever you like–sage, rosemary, maybe a pinch of red pepper flakes can do wonders to improve the flavor of your bone broth.
Strain the broth so you lose the bones and pour the finished product into a canning jar with a lid or covered refrigerator container. Store in the fridge up to 3 or 4 days. Make something wonderful with it!
WAIT! You don’t necessarily need to discard those bones…if you let them dry and whirl them in your food processor you’ll make bone meal. I know a lady who used to put the powdered bones into gelatin capsules and take them as a food supplement. *I know. It’s time consuming. I don’t have time for it, either, but I wanted you to know about it!
Here is a thought for you to consider: pork bones and chicken bones make good pot mates. Both are good when seasoned with rosemary or sage.
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