20150504_091634 (2)If you’re like me you hate wasting any part of an animal. Whenever an animal is killed I feel it’s most ethical to use as much as possible. I found a great turkey leg and thigh recipe to hopefully prevent people from leaving so many of them in the woods. I like to take it a step further and use the bones of wild game to make broth. Why would a person do this? Bone broth is super easy to make, tastes wonderful, and is crazy good for you. Here is how you make it and why it’s so good for you.

Take whatever bones you have either before or after cooking the animal or fish, put them in a crock-pot, add a couple tablespoons (I don’t measure just give a quick pour) of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar to the pot, add water (filtered or chlorine free water is best) until the bones are covered and then turn the crock-pot to high. Once it is bubbling turn the heat to low and leave it for at least 24 hours and up to 3 days. For the bone broth above I had turkey rib, spine, neck, thigh and leg bones in the pot. When it’s done cooking dump everything thru a metal strainer to get all the solid pieces out of the broth, put some into a cup with a little salt and pepper and drink it. Feel free to add any spices and herbs you’d like. Ginger and garlic are excellent options. I smoked this turkey so the bone broth had a wonderful smokey flavor. The bone broth can be stored up to a week in the refrigerator. When the broth cools it may form a solid and look a lot like jello. That is a good thing! The is gelatin that was pulled from the bones and is very good for you.  A small layer of fat may solidify on the top of your broth after cooled. If you are using wild animal bones that fat is actually very healthy. If the thought of drinking fat isn’t appealing to you just scrape it off with a spoon. Try replacing your morning cup of coffee with a cup of bone broth. In New York people are paying over $10 a cup for bone broth!  I guarantee that’s not as healthy as the broth from your wild game.

So why is bone broth so good for you and what nutrients are in there? The answer, just about everything! Locked away inside the bones are a wealth of essential nutrients – anti-inflammatory and gut-healing proteins, healthy fats, and a wealth of minerals just waiting to be used. If you want to read details about what makes bone broth so healthy check out this post. If details bore you and you like the idea of using as much of an animal as possible while enjoying a great tasting soup then just give this a try and let me know what you think.