As the days shorten and the weather cools, we will look for ways to continue strengthening immunity and invigorating our physical bodies. Bone broth is an excellent way to do so. From a Chinese medicine point of view, bone broth builds the most essential component of the body, the Kidney essence, along with the qi, blood, bones and tendons. Thus, bone broth is an especially useful staple during the cooler months. When you consume bone broth, you are nourishing your Kidney Yin and Yang directly. We call this 'strengthening the root' in Chinese Medicine because the Kidneys are the root of all Yin and Yang in the body. Here are some interesting tidbits about bone broth I have picked up along the way:
If there are colds going around or if you feel run down, make the following recipe and eat it for two or three days in a row. Increases resistance and builds immunity:
Herbed Bone Broth
4 lbs. roasted chicken necks, backs, feet or 2 roasted chicken carcasses
2 celery stalks
1 yellow onion, quartered
3 large cloves of garlic
12 cups water (3 quarts)
3-4 Tblsp Apple cider vinegar
2 grams Kombu (one large strip)
6 slices ginger
20 g (about 2 Tblsp) Fo Ti/He Shou Wu
16 g (small handful) Chinese yam/Shan Yao
20 g (about 3 Tblsp) Goji berry
10 g (small handful) Astragalus/Huang Qi
15 g (large handful) Reishi mushroom/Ling Zhi
1. Roast chicken bones/pieces on 400 to enrich the flavor of the broth, until they are browned. (optional)
2. Add bones and any juices from the roasting pan to a large crockpot with celery, onion, water, apple cider vinegar and kombu. Turn crockpot on low and bring to a simmer. You don’t want the broth to boil, but a gentle simmer is fine.
3. Simmer for a minimum of 20 hours, then add the herbs and simmer for an additional 4 hours.
4. Strain everything from the broth and discard the solids.
Sip the broth as it is, or use to cook grains and stews. I usually let it cool on the counter for a bit then chill in the fridge. To remove the fat, let the broth cool then you can skim the fat solids from the top. Leave a little, the fat helps your body to absorb minerals!
Nourishes yin, yang, qi and blood. Calming and settling to the spirit. Builds immunity and adaptability.
Bone Broth Tips and lessons
Chase L. Desso, LAc