‘Tis the season for warming, soothing foods, and I’d like to share one of my new favorite ones with you – bone broth! I had been meaning to make a batch of it for the pups & myself for a while, and finally got around to it. Let me tell you that all three of us really appreciated the tasty goodie this past weekend when temps were in the 30s and 40s!
Why Bone Broth Is So Healthy
Bone broth has a ton of health benefits:
It’s an overall immune system booster because of all the minerals that are released from the bones into the broth.
It’s gentle on the digestive system and helps with an upset stomach.
It does wonders for achy bones because of all the chondroitin and glucosamine that seeps out of the bones and into the broth.
It detoxifies the liver.
How To Make It
It’ll take a little over 24 hours to make a batch of bone broth, so it does require a little planning. All you need besides time is a crockpot, joint bones, (filtered) water, apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice), garlic, and some spices and/or veggies if you feel like adding some.
*** You could theoretically also use a regular pot instead of a crock put, but the advantage of the latter is that you can leave it unsupervised. I wouldn’t recommend doing that for a pot on the stove…***
Preparing Our Bone Broth - Beef Oxtails, Turkey Necks, Duck Feet, Garlic Cloves
Be sure to strain the broth well in order to remove any tiny bone fragments, both for your own and your dog’s sake. Never feed your dogs cooked bones as they can do a lot of damage to your dog’s internal system. The only bones that are safe to feed are raw, meaty bones.
Alternative – Where To Buy It Pre-Made
If you don’t have the time or energy to make your own, you can also buy it pre-made. I saw that Raw Feeding Miami sells bone broth, and also noticed that The Honest Kitchen added bone broth to their portfolio when browsing the goodies at a local, independently owned pet retail store not too long ago.
How To Eat/Feed It
You can pour the bone broth into a cup and drink it first thing in the morning, or whenever you feel like it, really. Do warm it up though, it tastes much better that way, especially on a cold winter day.
I personally prefer to use it for cooking purposes because of its jelly-like consistency. I used the broth when making rice and simply replaced half of the water needed to boil it with bone broth. I also poured some over mashed sweet potatoes that I served along with sautéed chicken breasts. Yummy!
For feeding it to Missy & Buzz I simply added a few tablespoons on top of their raw meals and then mixed everything together. They love the taste! They also got some cooked sweet potato that I mashed with a fork and then topped off with bone broth. I couldn’t give them any of my mashed sweet potatoes because I added milk and butter to them.
You can definitely warm it up a little if you feel like your furry friend might like it better that way, but it’s not a must.
For anyone coming across this recipe in warmer temps – you can also pour the broth into ice cube trays and offer it as a refreshing treat.
How To Store It
Once the broth has cooled off in the fridge, discard the top layer of fat that will have formed and pour the broth into mason jars (or any other type of food storage container).
I put two out of the three mason jars that I filled into the fridge for immediate usage, and the third one went into the freezer as a little back up should the pups have an upset stomach.
Remove the layer of fat that forms on the broth in the fridge
Pour the broth into mason jars
It’s totally up to you which kind of joint bones you wish to use to make your bone broth. I decided to use duck feet, oxtails, and beef soup bones because that’s what I had in the freezer (also added 2 turkey necks), but you can certainly stick to one protein and make a chicken, duck, beef, or whatever else-only broth.
I bought the duck feet from Raw Feeding Miami, found the oxtails and beef soup bones at Walmart, and the turkey necks are from my local grocery store.
What I like about bone broth is that it’s a superfood for both myself AND my pups (cats can eat it, too).
Have you made bone broth for yourself and/or your dogs? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!