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Improve your skin & boost immunity with liquid gold!

December 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Food, Health, Skin Care

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After spending time with family & friends, the best part about Thanksgiving is the food. And those delicious leftovers! I love having another complete TG meal the next day! To tell the truth, I enjoy Friday’s meal more than the actual Thankgiving day meal the day before. And I always look forward to making some Southern-style ham & gravy over grits with any leftover slices of ham.

Once the leftovers are gone and you start emptying out and washing those casserole dishes, pans and bowls, please don’t toss that turkey carcass or ham bone!

Those bones you were going to dump in the trash are pure gold!

Use them to make yourself a large pot of homemade broth (stock). It will not only save you money, but beautify your skin and improve your immunity, too. Who can’t use a winter immunity boost and some glowing skin in November?

ham bone broth

The frozen broth pictured below is from this pot of “Thanksgiving” broth made from a ham bone (that still had plenty of meat clinging to it).

Simmering either a turkey carcass or a leftover ham bone along with some veggies for several hours in a large pot of water will produce some mineral-rich broth that is packed with collagen. If you didn’t get the memo, collagen is great for your skin.

Bones with some meat still attached will create a more flavorful broth. Add onions, celery, carrots and a bay leaf or two to the pot and let it simmer on low heat for several hours until everything in the pot is tenderized and the broth takes on a nice color. Skim off any yuckies that float to the top. Let it cool a bit and transfer to a glass container before refrigerating or ice cube trays and/or silicone molds for freezing.

frozen broth cubes

Pop the frozen broth out into ziplock freezer bags and you’ll have broth for many upcoming meals and recipes.

frozen & bagged homemade brothIf you refrigerate the broth (opposed to freezing), it should be stored in an airtight glass or bpa-free plastic container and used within a few days. Note that the refrigerated broth will turn into a gelatin in a day or two (if you prepared it correctly) with a layer of whitish fat on top. You can actually use that “top fat” for frying, if you so desire. That is pure animal fat. The broth turns to gelatin because it is full of collagen! Broth that is gelatinous when refrigerated is the good stuff! You want that. It will turn right back to a liquid once you reheat it.

Buy the way, even if you don’t plan to use the top fat, if you are keeping a container of gelatinous broth in the refrigerator to use within a few days, keep that layer of fat there. Don’t discard it. Just scoop around it. The fat prevents air and bacteria from invading your broth and it will keep longer.

Bone broth is great to have on hand…

Use it as a base for soups.

Use it half and half with water to prepare rice, couscous, or grits.

Use it to make gravy.

Add some to mashed potatoes.

Drink a cup to boost your immunity if you feel a cold coming on.

There’s a reason Mom made you eat that homemade chicken soup when you were sick. And to know that it also gives us better skin, too? Broth is the truth. Truly liquid gold.

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