Somebody give me a hand, I'm ready to jump on the bone broth bandwagon.
It's winter so I've been thinking a lot about broths, stocks and meaty elixirs. Plus, half of my tribe has had walking pneumonia in the past month. Everyone knows that soup is curative, so I made batch after batch of soup. Most recently, I made chicken (tortilla) soup and dug beef and lamb bones from the freezer to make beefy lamb soup. Both soups yielded a lovely batch of cooked-over bones for stock.
But should I make stock? Or should I make bone broth?
There was a guest on the radio program Splendid Table who talked about bone broth. I usually tune out stuff like that but the guest discussed adding egg shells and apple cider vinegar so I listened.
Like so: buy bones, roast bones, chop mirepoix, make stock. When the stock is done, instead of throwing away the bones, the French 're-wet' the bones and cooked veg creating a weak stock called remoulage.
But bone broth is a kissing cousin to stock. What I did this morning is re-wet beef and lamb bones in the crock pot with mirepoix and vinegar--cover with water and add 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar per quart.* It looks like so: -->>
I also added celery and onion trim that I saved in the freezer for stock making.
It'll spend 24 hours in the crock pot. Start it on high until it simmers then turn it down to low or warm.
I'll know in the morning if it's good or a dud!
-- next day --
Yay! It works! The stock is hearty and thick. It has so much collagen that when it cooled, it was as stiff as jell-o.
I seasoned it as if it were soup, not a salt-free stock. It freezes well and has settled so beautifully, it looks like consomme.
I don't know if it's curative, but it is damned delicious. The vinegar flavor vanishes, leaving a deep, meaty flavor. And the soup has a great mouth feel. I think it has to be 'good for what ails you' because anything with so much good mojo must be good for you.
* This is a rough average. I put in 1/4 cup of vinegar but -- alas -- I had no egg shells. CeeLee put 'em in the compost bin.