7 Day Broth
Or 5 day. Or whatever. Kim asked where I get all of my bones to make and eat bone broths all week. Well, I am going to show you a trick an old friend of mine told me. This post is a part of Fight Back Friday over at Food Renegade.
Here is my broth that I made the day before. It’s been simmering and keeping warm on the stove for 24 hours (at least).
In the morning I get up and add spices to the broth. This is beef broth so I add basil, thyme and salt. If it was chicken broth I’d add basil, sage and salt.
But my advice to you is to pull out your spices and start sniffing. Take a big whiff and think to yourself "Does it smell like beef broth?" If rosemary smells like beef broth to you then use rosemary. I don’t like rosemary. See my beautiful spices floating on top?
Then the salt. Broth needs lots of salt. I add it until I think "That’s way too much." and it is usually perfect. This was the key turning point to getting my kids to drink broth happily. The day I went overboard with the spices and salt was the day the kids said "Wow Mom, this broth is really good." and some asked for seconds.
I did mention lots of salt right? I’m serious. Quality sea salt is so good for you!! It is imperative for adrenal function as well.
After I ladle out all of the bowls of broth (we use the little bowls you see in the background) I simply add more water back in and turn it to simmer for awhile. We use about 6 qts of broth each and every day. Within a couple hours the broth is just as dark and yummy as it was that morning. And certainly within 24 hours it is intense and delicious again.
Voila!! Healthy, fabulous, amazing beef, chicken or fish broth. Everyday. For your health.
Someone asked about the cost of keeping broth on the stove all the time. A couple months back I figured out the price difference of using the crockpot or using the stove and the difference was nominal. I’m currently searching for that information again to share with you. It may suffice to say, our electric is so inexpensive (cheaper than any in the nation at $.064/kWh) that I’m not losing sleep over my stove being on. And you could turn it off at night. It’ll stay warm enough. Enjoy your broth!!!
ETA: Mr. Electricity says the average stove top burner uses 800W or 595 kWh/mo if left on 24/7. At $.064 per kWh that is $38.08 per month. My crockpot uses 300W per hour or 216kWh/mo if left on 24/7. At $.064 per kWh that is $13.82 per month. So I guess I remembered wrong because $24.26 is not "nominal". Of course, I’d have to have two crockpots which would then cut my savings down to $10.44 per month and I couldn’t use my crockpot to roast chickens or cow tongue. I think I’ll stick with my current system and save money elsewhere.