Bone broth is made from animal bones and connective tissue — typically cattle, chicken, or fish — that have been boiled into a broth and slow simmered for 10 to more than 20 hours with herbs, vegetables, and spices. So why is this seemingly simple liquid something you’d want to drink every day?
WHAT SOUNDS LIKE MEAT WATER IS PURE, LIQUID GOLD
Even our hunter-gatherer ancestors realized that drinking bone broth was like striking nutritional gold, as its earliest version dates back over 2,500 years . Throwing away anything edible was out of the question back then, so animal hooves, knuckles, bones, and other connective tissues never went to waste. Bone broth has a rich history of being used in traditional Chinese medicine as a digestive tonic, blood builder , and kidney strengthener due to the high collagen content, bioavailable minerals, anti-inflammatory amino acids, and healing compounds that can only be found in bones and connective tissue.
What Makes Bone Broth So Healthy?
Bone Broth is sought out by people around the world to deal with a wide variety of health issues and goals.
Bones and connective tissue are storehouses for essential amino acids and minerals — which are lacking in many diets today. Bone Broth is also an invaluable source of protein, collagen and gelatin. Collagen is also found in your bones, joints, tendons, muscles, and teeth.
It’s not feasible to eat whole bones or tissue, but you can still enjoy these health benefits by sipping bone broth. Collagen is extracted when you simmer bones for a long period of time. Typically, the longer bone broth simmers, the more collagen you’ll extract.
HOW BONE BROTH IS MADE
Making bone broth is a simple process, but one that requires plenty of time and patience. Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones and tissue for at least 10 hours with vegetables, herbs, and spices such as thyme, garlic, and bay leaves. High-quality bone broth starts with high-quality ingredients, using bones from organic grass-fed animals and organic vegetables. While any bone or ligament can be used, knuckles, chicken feet, and femur bones tend to contain the most collagen.
You can purchase bones from your local butcher or at a farmers market, or by simply saving bones whenever you eat bone-in chicken, steak, or pork cuts.
Is Bone Broth the Same as Regular Broth or Stock?
There are two main differences between bone broth and regular broth or stock: simmering time and the part of the animal it’s made from (bones or flesh).
Regular broth and stock are simmered for a shorter period of time than bone broth, approximately 2–6 hours. The expedited cooking process reduces the amount of beneficial gelatin extracted from the bones, reducing its capacity to boost the immune system, heal digestive issues, and reduce the symptoms of leaky gut.
Broth (not bone broth) typically has meat left on the bones, whereas stock will have little to no connective tissue left on the bones (as with marrow bones).
The Story Behind Kettle & Fire Bone Broth
Before Kettle and Fire was born, one of our co-founders, Nick, tore his ACL playing soccer (ouch). His brother Justin heard about the benefits of bone broth for injury recovery. As his schedule didn’t leave much time to make bone broth from scratch, he set out to buy a store-bought, high-quality, grass-fed bone broth, since both of their busy schedules didn’t leave much time to make the broth themselves.
No matter how hard Justin looked, the ideal bone broth didn’t exist. He searched for one that was 100 percent organic, fresh — never frozen — grass-fed, and slow simmered (as well as one that could be shipped without wasteful, clunky packaging). So, Nick and Justin decided to create a high-quality bone broth on their terms, which is the recipe we’re proud to offer you today.
Kettle & Fire Bone Broth is:
- Made only using organic ingredients and grass-fed, organic bones
- Hormone- and antibiotic-free
- Slow simmered for a minimum of 10 hours, and up to 24 hours
- The only shelf-stable bone broth with absolutely no additives or preservatives, and a shelf life of two years
- Shipped in responsible packaging and 100 percent recyclable material
- Packaged in tetra packs to take up less room in your pantry
- Approved for Whole30, keto, and paleo diets
HOW TO GET MORE BONE BROTH IN YOUR DIET
The beautiful thing about bone broth is that there’s really no limit to how you can add it to your diet. Aside from soups, stews, and plain ol’ sipping, bone broth blends surprisingly well into almost any recipe — even smoothies! Here are our top ways to get it:
Our bone broth tastes delicious enough to sip on its own, but you can spiceit up to suit your taste buds. We created our favorite flavor combinations in this free downloadable “Bone Broth Sipping Guide” (bone broth matcha lattes, anyone?)
Cooking With It
Our beef bone broth has a mild flavor, which allows it to blend easily with almost anything, from smoothies to healthy gummy bears. Our chickenbone broth and mushroom chicken bone broth boost the savory flavor of soups, stews, and risotto recipes.