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Bone Broth

Post Written By Sarah Sweeney

Bone broth. If you haven’t heard of it yet, this nutrient packed broth has been gaining popularity in health circles in recent years.

The collagen rich liquid can improve chronic inflammation, does wonders for skin, hair and nails, improves joint and bone health and is even known to boost metabolism. Not to mention is highly digestible making it easy for your body to utilize all of the brothy goodness. The magic happens when you simmer good quality grassfed chicken or beef bones in water with a splash of vinegar.

The best quality bone broth starts with naturally raised, pastured animals. Roasted bones are best, whether you use left over bones from a meal or you roast the bones just prior to use. The veggies and herbs I add will vary depending on what I have on hand. The fresher the better! I prefer to use naturally grown produce from our own farm and use our plant based veggie wash to give them a good cleaning since you’ll want to leave skins and tops on. These portions of the veggies are packed with nutrients, don’t throw them away!

Chicken Bone Broth

1 roasted pastured chicken carcass

1 onion skin on, quartered

1-2 carrots tops on, roughly chopped

2-3 cloves garlic skin on, rough chopped

1-2 stalks celery tops on, roughly chopped

Handful of fresh herbs of your choosing (thyme, sage, oregano, basil and rosemary are all good ones)

1 T sea salt Or Himalayan pink salt

1 T peppercorns

2 T apple cider vinegar

Add water until the bones and veggies are just covered

Cover and simmer, try to keep it to a very gentle simmer you don’t want a rapid boil.

Allow to simmer for at least 12hrs, longer is better! Once it’s done allow it to cool for a bit then strain the broth. I use a fine metal mesh strainer sitting on a mason jar funnel so I can pour directly into jars. Keep refrigerated for 3-5 days or you can freeze or pressure can for later use.

**Don’t be tempted to add extra water to get more broth. You’ll end up diluting the broth too much and you won’t get that beautiful jello effect once it’s cooled.

Not Impressed!

When my husband woke up late and asked if the baby and I could do morning chores yesterday I had no idea what I was in for!  Usually chores are easy and relaxing as I love going out and talking to my sheep (I call them my girls) all while Purdy dutifully watches over them.  Everything was off to a great start the horses were well behave and eating in their stalls while I walked out to do the sheep and llama.  I made it halfway to the sheep pasture before I realized something was terribly wrong followed by some pretty colorful language on my part.

In an effort I believe to scratch herself Purdy had become entangled in the cattle panel we use for a gate on the hoop house.   She had kushed down and had her neck through one of the holes on the panel.  Now if this had been Ewestace, Purl or even the Little Buffalo it would have been no problem.  If they do get stuck they patiently wait for me to come and disentangle them, Purdy however had other ideas.

I set about freeing the llama which my daughter thought was highly entertaining as I was wearing her on the front of me.  Gently pushing her head and neck through the hole wasn’t going to work since she was trying to spit and eat me all at the same time.  I ended up doing a combination of pushing her shoulders and pulling her rump end to free her.  She did get one good kick in that nailed me right above the knee.

The whole time I am trying to free Purdy my sheep are being as always every so helpful.  Ewestace had come over and was investigating the llama on the other side of the fence from me which only made Purdy angrier.  Purl was standing next to me trying to convince me to leave the llama and it was more important to pet her.  I explained to Purl that we needed Purdy and her head scratches would have to wait.  Luna who I had only just pinned down the day before to medicate and was still extremely wary of me decided the best corse of action was to bounce off the walls of the hoop house in an effort to be uncatchable and very much in my way.

The best reaction out of all the sheep however was the Little Buffalo.  If you have not met her imagine a very small little brown sheep who doesn’t usually make any noise or get into trouble.  Her survival tactic is to hide herself among the other sheep and stay close to Purdy (this is my llama’s favorite sheep).

The Little Buffalo stood near the gate for a few minutes studying the situation when she suddenly made the tiniest noise.  It was almost as if her anxiety had reached a natural level at which point it escaped and she went running off in the other direction.  I could just picture one of those cartoon bubble above her head that said “Run they are killing the llama and we are all next!”

Thankfully  everyone escaped morning chores unharmed and safe although i did accidentally dump Purdy’s breakfast on my kiddos head.  In other news the chicken incubator is on lockdown and we are just waiting for the little peeps arrival.  Jeff and I built their very adorable brooder box today and I will keep you updated on their progress!  Be sure to go like our Facebook Page as the most current updates will be posted there!

A worldly chicken…

When Henley and I went out to collect egg this morning Betty came running over to us!  I thought to myself here we go what is Betty up to today!  Well little Miss Betty said I would never guess what has happened!!

Betty told me how Henrietta (one of the production red hens) had decided she wanted to be a mother hen.  You can imagine what Betty had to tell Henrietta!  Betty then went on to tell me how she was listening to the CIN (you know the chicken information network) and they had an educational broadcast about baby chicks!  Betty said it was just scandalous to find out how baby chicks come into the world! 

When I made it to the coop after Betty finally ran out of things to say sure enough there was Henrietta.  I kindly exsplained to her that those eggs weren’t ever going to be baby chicks.  Poor Henrietta told me that she felt it was her calling in life to mother little chicks!  I told her if she really wanted to be a mama hen she can help teach the incubator chick how to be chickens. 

Well this time next week we should hopefully have 3 little baby cheating chicks in the incubator!

It’s the middle of October which means we are finishing the last few items on the winter is coming list.  We have all the pieces to put together the chicken and rabbit shelter for winter and will be doing that hopefully within the next week.  The pig is going to the butcher Monday with two of the lambs.  We will be repurposing the box we brought Miss Purdy home in to bring the pig to the butcher.  The project for this weekend is to get the pig box reinforced and back on the trailer to be ready to load her up Sunday evening.  Another exciting thing this weekend will be shearing the woolies.  Jeff and I have never sheared sheep but luckily a friend of ours is going to come and help us and hopefully teach Jeff how to shear the girls.  I will try to get lots of pictures this weekend. 

Eggs!!

Fall has officially arrived and so have my first eggs from my girls!  I got the first two eggs from them Wednesday and the third from them today.  We have six hens total three production red hens and three buff orpington hens and I am finally getting some eggs.  They are on the smaller side but thats ok for their first eggs.  We are planning to put together their winter enclosure that will also house Pete either this weekend or next week sometime.  I know the girls won’t lay many eggs over the winter and that is fine but I am hoping to get quite a few before then.