Bone Broth is gaining in popularity as people across America are beginning to take more control over their health! The Standard American Diet (SAD) has led us astray and bombarded our culture with degenerative diseases like we’ve never seen before. We can draw many parallels as to the ‘progress’ of our industrialized society and it’s citizens poor health. At the absolute core of this issue is our food supply. Too many of us are eating highly refined and processed foods totally void of any real nutrition.
With Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) becoming more common, consumers are confronted with the challenge of making the bounty last i.e, learning how to preserve the harvest. Along with relearning these old skills from our cultural past, we inevitably come across the age-old notion that Food Is Medicine and Food can heal us! Bone Broth follows close behind. Once we’ve learned how to make Bone Broth or have a reliable and trusted source for it, such as Heirloom Kitchen, it helps to know How to use Bone Broth so we can begin to efficiently consume this healing liquid.
Here’s some suggestions on How To Use Bone Broth:
Wherever we need liquid in our cooking we need BROTH!an easy place to start is by adding broth to our cooking liquids. Pasta, rice, beans can all benefit from having broth added to the cooking liquid. I wouldn’t use all your broth here because of the quantity of liquid needed, but if you do, be creative with that cooking liquid. Starchy pasta water is perfect for fortifying the pasta’s sauce with flavor and added viscosity.
Soups and Sauces properly made broths are very flavorful and very rich. As they cook down further and reduce, their texture can become somewhat ‘tacky’. Diluting with water will help create a more balanced finished product. When we make soups we use equal parts broth to water. For a quick pan sauce: when your vegetables are finished cooking, turn the heat off and add a few spoonfuls of broth to the hot pan and let it reduce quickly and coat the vegetables…follow up with a few spoons of water to help lift the fond off the pan and serve!
Iced Broth Cubes The tried and true method of keeping small quantities of stock, or pesto or sauce on hand works well for broth too! Fill those ice cube trays with broth and pop them out for a quick reheat or into the blender for the smoothie. This is also a great portion control method for when you’re reheating your broth throughout the day to sip and enjoy.
Becoming an active participant in regaining and maintaining one’s health is priority #1! Broth is a very powerful companion to have along with us on our journey. Consuming it is key, how we choose to consume it will only help us to further develop the skills needed to broaden our culinary medicine cabinet!
Please email any questions you may have regarding Bone Broth or anything else on your mind to: jimi@HeirloomKitchenCatering.com