Being prepared for unforeseen emergencies is something that every family should get ready for. One thing that needs attention is having a reliable source of nutrition and water. Bone broth is one of the perfect foods for this and is easy to prepare and store. And as an added benefit bone broth is super healthy.
Here are 9 reasons you should have it ready in your kitchen and food storage.
We need to be healthy now by nourishing our bodies properly so we are in top physical condition. This too gives us freedom as a healthy body requires fewer or no pharmaceuticals and medical care. It is truly one of the best roads to self-sufficiency.
When we care for our bodies and stay healthy we also proactively protect ourselves from possible disease outbreaks that might occur due to a catastrophe and lesson the need for health care. And most importantly, if suddenly the comforts of life are gone, a healthy body will be better able to handle the extra hardships.
#1 – Consuming bone broth is one way we can keep healthy today and prepare for the future.
Bone broth or stock used to be a staple of our ancestor’s diet. They saved all parts of the animal. Nothing went to waste. The bones, ligaments, connective tissues, and joints were simmered over a period of several days to make a nutritious bone broth that could be consumed on its own, used as the basis for soups and stews, or used as the base ingredient for sauces and gravies.
The simmering of the bones, connective tissues, ligaments, and joints in water over a period of several days releases healing properties like proline, glycine, collagen and glutamine that not only give your body essential nutrients but also have the ability to transform your health and heal your body.
Why else should you consider bone broth?
#2 – It Provides Your Body With Healthy Fats, Nutrients, And Protein
When considering food stores for emergencies you want to focus on storing food that gives you a lot of nutritional benefits. Bone broth is one of the easiest ways to get healthy fats, nutrients, and protein into your body. It can be heated and consumed by itself or you can use it as a base to add to soups, stews, and gravies. The later three options will help you convert left-overs into tasty meals as well.
Bone broth is extremely high in minerals including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. If you add fish bones to your bone broth you will also get iodine. The longer you cook the bone broth the more chance the bones have to break down and dissolve into it.
#3 – It Is Easy To Make And Store
Bone broth is easy to make in a crock pot and left to cook over a period of several days. All you need is bones filled with marrow, onions, garlic, spices, and water. There is a bone broth recipe below.
#4 – It Is Another Source Of Water
Water is one of the most crucial items to store in case of an emergency. The Mayo Clinic suggests that men drink roughly 13 cups of beverages per day. The recommended allowance for women is about 9 cups. This does not include the water that you will need to cook your food.
Bone broth is another easy solution to making sure you have enough water for cooking as well. It has the added benefit of increasing the nutritional benefit of your food.
Instead of using your stored water for cooking, you can use your bone broth to cook rice, potatoes, and beans, and even sauté with it rather than using oil. Do not throw out the liquid after cooking your rice and potatoes. You can drink it afterwards too.
After you make your bone broth you can preserve it in glass jars in a pressure canner. The boiling water bath method is not safe for preserving bone broth. Remember that pressure canning is the only safe way to preserve meats, poultry, vegetables, and seafood. All of these ingredients can be in your bone broth and thus you want to preserve it with a pressure canner.
#5 – Bone Broth Can Increase Your Sustainability
While you can purchase bones for your bone broth you can also save the bones from meat that you eat at other times. If you are butchering your own game or farm animals you should also save the bones, tendons, joints, and connective tissues for this as well. And even if you are not that ambitious, each time you chop up a vegetable for another meal save the scraps to use in your next batch of bone broth.
For example, each time you chop an onion, carrot, piece of garlic, celery stalk, etc do not throw the scrap pieces away. Instead, save them in a plastic bag or container in your freezer and use them later to make your bone broth stock.
#6 – It is Anti-Inflammatory And Restores Your Own Cartilage
Bone broth provides anti-inflammatory benefits and will help you recover more quickly from injury. This will also help you during increased physical demands and stress like a crisis as your body needs more amino acids to recover. Bones also contain arginine which helps speed wound healing by supporting the formation of collagen. Glutamine also helps reduce healing time and recovery time.
The bones and connective tissue used in bone broth also contain glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) which have been found to reduce joint pain. The most common form of GAGs that people talk about is glucosamine. Many people believe that consuming it as a whole food like bone broth gives the body more benefit than taking it as a supplement, which also might not be available to you during a disaster.
The connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and other tissue, that are usually attached to bones contain collagen. As the bone broth simmers collagen breaks down into an easily absorbable format that helps your body restore its cartilage. This is particularly important as we age and our cartilage degrades over time.
The collagen is further broken down into down into gelatin which contains proline and glycine. These give your body material to rebuild your own connective tissue, particularly ligaments and tendons. Why is this important?
Think back to what life was like without electricity and running water-a likely possibility if a natural disaster occurs. It was a hard life that required lots of strength. If you suddenly need to haul water, tents, and food you don’t want aching joints to stop you in your time of need.
#7 – It Is Good For Your Gut
A study by the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology found that gelatin supports intestinal health by restoring the strength of the gut lining.
Bone broth also helps with digestion through one of its natural ingredients, glycine. Glycine stimulates stomach acid and helps you better digest your food. This helps prevent acid reflux, IBS, or FODMAPS problems.
Glutamine also found in bone broth is also a natural remedy for “leaky gut”. This is that horrible condition where the barrier between your gut and the rest of your insides isn’t working properly. Essentially molecules that should stay in your tummy move over into the bloodstream.
Bone broth is one of the most beneficial foods to consume to restore gut health and therefore support immune system function and healthy inflammation response. Collagen/gelatin and the amino acids proline, glutamine, and arginine help seal these openings in the gut lining and support gut integrity. They help keep your intestinal wall healthy and prevent this problem.
# 8 – Bone Broth Helps You Relax and Sleep Better
A disaster, crisis or long-term downturn in the economy will be stressful and bone broth naturally will help you calm down and sleep better.
Another interesting study found that glycine is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. This means that it helps you relax. The study found that glycine supplements helped improve sleep quality and reduced daytime sleepiness. As glycine is naturally found in bone broth sipping it after a long day can be a great way to relax.
#9 – Bone Broth Keeps Your Skin Healthy
On a more vain level, gelatin also improves the look and appearance of your skin as amino acids help with the production of collagen which is the foundation of healthy skin. In a crisis, this will probably be the last of your worries, but it’s a great factoid for your long term health.
In conclusion, bones are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Instead of throwing them out each time you make a meal, just put them in the freezer to save for your next batch of bone broth. If you are raising animals keep as much of the bones, connective tissues, and joints as you can after butchering as well. Remember that if you want to store your bone broth long term you should use a pressure canner.
Below you will find a recipe to make your own bone broth.
Bone Broth Recipe
Making bone broth could not be easier.
- You can use essentially any kind of bone from turkey, duck, bison, deer, beef, elk, or chicken. It can be any kind of animal that you are willing to eat. It is best to use grass fed, pasture raised, hormone free meat if you plan to buy bones commercially. Three or four medium to large bones are sufficient. Another rule of thumb is to cover the bottom of the crock pot.
- If possible include joints, tendons and connective tissues in the mix.
- Many people like to add chicken feet as they contain a high concentration of collagen, glucosamine chondroitin, and trace minerals. Make sure you peel off the yellow membrane and the talons from the feet before you add them to the pot. You can also make bone broth exclusively with chicken feet, onion, garlic, and spices.
- One chopped onion and 2 cloves garlic.
- Any dried herbs you live like oregano, rosemary, peppercorns, sage, thyme, marjoram, or parsley.
- Enough water to fill your crock pot after the other ingredients are added.
- Any pieces of left-over raw vegetable pieces that you saved in your freezer. There is information on this in the article above.
Place the above ingredients in a crock pot and cover with water.
Cook on medium setting for one to three days. The longer you have time to cook it the better as it breaks down all the bones giving you the nutritious ingredients that you are looking for.
After it is done cooking, strain and store in the fridge for immediate use or up to a week. You can freeze it for several months. Or can it with a pressure canner to keep in your food storage.