Grandma Lilo's Soup Stock
I’ve had this packet of soup bones in my freezer for a long time….months, perhaps even almost a year. I only recently discovered that they were there this summer, and thought it would be best to wait until Dane arrived home to use them. I mean what is one girl going to do with 2 lbs of soup bones in the heat of summer? Throw a roasted bone marrow party? I don’t think so. I’d rather wait to turn them into an aromatic fall soup stock.
In Germany, a hearty bone marrow stock is called Kraftbrühe, translated meaning strength broth. And that is what a good stock should be. Naturally full of vitamins and minerals that have leached from the vegetables and bone, into the water, leaving behind only fiber and the bone matrix, which can be discarded or given to one happy dog. That is why broth is often given to those that cannot stomach anything else, due to sickness, disease, or weakness. It is strengthening, immune boosting, and energy giving without adding much else. Bone broth is rich in glycine and proline from the collagen and gelatin found in cartilage, as well as the minerals calcium, phosphorous, and to a lesser degree magnesium sodium, potassium, sulfate and fluoride, which make up the bone matrix. In addition there is the nutrient dense bone marrow, which is made up of red and yellow marrow. Red marrow is composed of stem cells, which support both the production of red and white blood cells, while yellow bone marrow is full of energy dense fat cells called adipocytes. All in all, bone offers many of your essential minerals, immune and blood support, as well as energy producing fat. In many cultures bone broth is used not only as food but also as medicine. This delicious cultural staple has been documented to support many conditions ranging from allergies and anemia to inflammatory conditions and wound healing.
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