There’s a reason for all the buzz around bone broth: From healing the digestive tract and detoxifying organs to encouraging fat burning and warding off inflammation, this magical elixir pretty much does it all.
While I’ve explained the amazing health benefits of bone broth and how to prepare it to many, there’s one question I’m still asked all the time: “Where exactly do I get the bones, and what kind should I use?”
This might sound obvious, but it’s important to mention that in order to create the healthiest broth, you have to begin with the healthiest ingredients. Think about the same things you consider when purchasing meat: organic, pastured, grass-fed.
Really, you can use the bones from just about any quality meat you like. These 9 choices are great:
Now, obviously, if you roast a chicken or a turkey, you can simply save the bones and use them for your broth.
But when you’re looking to purchase the bones specifically for broth, you have several options. Ask your local butcher, who will almost always have plenty to offer. The same is often true for local farmers, and you might connect with one by exploring your local farmers’ markets. Local health food stores with meat departments or your nearest Whole Foods could also be a source if you just ask for soup bones.
Or go online: Search eatWILD’s directory of farms and ranches for grass-fed or pasture-raised meat from a farm near you. You can also order a variety of healthy bones (and meats) from U.S. Wellness Meats.
Remember, parts of the animal that you don’t normally eat can be excellent for bone broth — knucklebones, bones with marrow, chicken feet — and are quite nourishing, flavorful and health promoting. (Of course, you don’t have to use them at all, especially if they make you uncomfortable.)
The important thing is to just give making and eating bone broth a try, even if purchasing bones seems a little weird at first. Trust me — you’ll be glad you did.
Try my Simple Bone Broth or one of the following recipes:
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