Bone broth is a nutritious, delicious, superfood supplement that is packed with essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and collagen.
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is made by extracting collagen from animal bones and connective tissue (think cartilage). Bone broth is a natural way to increase your dogs immunity as well as easing inflamation which can help in reducing joint pain. By simmering bones using high heat the collage is extracted from the bones and turns gelatinous. This gelatinous mixture contains numerous health benefits:
Benefits of Bone Broth
Below I am going to show you how to make your own 100% natural bone broth for just pennies.
Step 1: Either purchase bones from a butcher or save your discarded bones from meals. You can use any sort of bone but honestly bones with lots of marrow and cartiage work best. Bones can be frozen until and you are ready to use them. Most of my bone broth is comprised of bones from chicken wings, spare ribs, T-bone steaks, and rotisserie chickens. We personally like using bones from meals as it helps save money as well as ensure that no part of the animal is wasted.
Step 2: Rinse all sauces and / or spices off the bones. Extra flavorings can lead to upset tummies in pets so make sure to do this step.
Step 3: Place bones in a large pot and cover with just enough water to submerge all the bones. Too much water will make the broth too soupy.
Step 4: Add 3-5 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar (ACV). I purchase mine from Publix. The ACV “pulls” the marrow and other good stuff out of the bones. Note, if you do not add enough ACV your broth will be watery and will not “gel”.
Step 5: Place in instapot for 240 minutes or for 24 hours in crock pot. You can also cook on the stove if you wish.
Step 6: After cooking the broth should have a slight golden color and the bones should be easily broken with just slight pressure from a fork. Strain the broth into a container. The strainer is used to "catch" any bone fragments that might have occurred during cooking. Never give your pet any cooked bones - as these can splinter and cause a medical emergency.
Step 7: Leave the broth on the counter to cool until the container can be transfered to the refrigerator. As the broth cools you will see the fat start to rise to the top of the broth. After the broth cools off, cover and transfer the broth to the refriderator and leave until the broth has completed cooled and has turned into gelatin.
Step 8: After the broth has completely cooled, it will solidify and turn into a gelatin. The top layer will be fat, which can be skimmed / scrapped off the top by using a kitchen spoon. After the fat is removed you can portition the broth into smaller containers. I like to keep about 1 weeks worth in the refridgerator and I freeze the rest.
I personally feed bone broth a couple of times a week and use about 2 - 4 tablespoons (1 - 2 ounces) per meal for a 50lb dog. But don't stress over how much to give your pets, this is food, not medicine so feeding the right amount is not a science.
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