Bone Broth

Good broth resurrects the dead.South African proverb
Bone broth

Bone broths are a rich source of gelatin (derived from the collagen found in the skin, bones, and cartilage of animals) and minerals useful in treating many disorders. Here are some reasons to make stock on a regular basis, and to use it in daily cooking, or even as a hot beverage.

  • Gelatin in stock provides hydrophilic colloids which attract digestive juices to the surface of cooked food particles, thus aiding in the digestion of cooked foods.
  • Gelatin is not a complete protein as it contains only two amino acids in large amounts (arginine and glycine). It serves as a protein sparer, which means it helps the body better utilize the complete proteins that are eaten. This can be used in the diet of those who cannot afford to eat, or who choose not to eat, large quantities of meat. However, it cannot substitute for complete proteins in the diet.
  • Gelatin is useful in treating many illnesses, including digestive disorders (i.e., hyperacidity, chron’s, and colitis), and chronic disorders (including anemia, diseases of the blood, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, and cancer.)
  • Stocks contain the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow, and added vegetables and herbs in electrolyte form, which means they are very easy to assimilate. When acidic wine or vinegar is added during cooking, it helps to draw minerals into the broth, particularly magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
  • Broth contains an excellent source of cartilage and collagen. Broth helped prevention and recovery from infectious diseases and was used in the treatment of colds and asthma by the 12the century physician Moses Maimonides.
  • Fish broth is thought to be good for virility because it is exceptionally rich in minerals, including iodine, which is found in seafood. Broth made using the heads of fish, which contain the thyroid glands, will also contain thyroid hormone and other substances that nourish our thyroid glands. Regularly incorporating healthy fish stock cannot be overstated.
  • Lastly, fish and meat stocks allow us to make the most delicious soups, stews, braised meats, cooked beans, and whole grains, gravies, and sauces. So if health reasons are not enough, the flavor and pleasure gained from enjoying good stock certainly are!

Bone Broth at The Elderberry

Chicken Broth Ingredients: Filtered Water, Chicken Bones/feet, Onions, Celery, Carrots, White Wine, Garlic, Parsley, Thyme, Peppercorns, Bay Leaf

Beef Broth Ingredients: Filtered Water, Beef Bones, Onions, Celery, Carrots, Apple Cider Vinegar, Chicken Feet, Red Wine, Tomato Paste, Garlic, Parsley, Thyme, Peppercorns, Bay Leaf, Celtic Salt

Our bone broths are made in-house by Jan with locally raised beef and chicken. They are not certified organic but follow all the practices; pasture raised and finished and no use of hormones or antibiotics. The vegetables are certified organic, as are the herbs used for flavoring. Our broths are created to be tasty enough to drink as is or to use as a base for cooking grains, beans or soups.

Read what others have to say about our broths:

…after a recent medical procedure… your bone broth came to the rescue! It immediately soothed my upset stomach…. I recovered quickly and I believe it was in large part due to the bone broth. I love the convenience of being able to purchase it in pint size containers. And the taste is yummy – so nourishing and soothing.MG
“I don’t always have the time or energy (to make my own broth). That’s why I love your broth! It’s so delicious and convenient. You are my source for broth that is as good as mine!!JR

They come in 16 and 32 ounce frozen containers and last up to 5 days after defrosting, if kept in the refrigerator. Try some today!

Chicken Broth
Beef Broth

Buy 3 or more chicken broth PINTS for $8.49 (you save $.50/pint). Buy 3 or more chicken broth QUARTS for $16.29 (you save $.70/quart)
Buy 3 or more beef broth PINTS for $$11.49/pt (you save $.50/pt). Buy 3 or more beef broth QUARTS for $21.99 (you save $1.00/qt).
For more information about bone broth, check out these articles highlighting the benefits of bone broths:

Want to make your own broth? Here are 2 recipes for quick nourishing broths.

CHICKEN BROTH (Crockpot method)*
1 whole chicken frame, including neck
3 chicken feet (important for gelling)
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
5 garlic cloves
Pinch of dried Thyme
3 Black Peppercorns
1 tble Apple Cider Vinegar
2 quarts cold water

OPTIONAL: Add 1 bunch Parsley during the last hour of cooking.

1. Turn oven to 450⁰. Place chicken frame, feet and vegetables in roasting pan and place in middle of oven. Roast for 30 – 40 minutes or until golden brown.
2. Remove from oven and place in crockpot.
3. Add thyme, peppercorns, water and vinegar to crockpot. Cover and turn to “low” setting for 12 hours. Add the parsley during the last hour of cooking.
4.During the last few minutes of cooking, fill a sink with ice cubes. Place a strainer in a large pot and place the pot in the ice.
5. At the end of the 12 hours, pour the contents of the crockpot into the strainer/pot, discarding bones and veggies. Stir the broth until it cools. Place in containers and either freeze or store in refrigerator. This broth will last 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 9 months frozen.

*This will fill a 4 quart crockpot

3 quarts of filtered water
2 lbs of fish heads and bones (fish heads alone will suffice) Tastes better using whitefish rather than oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, etc.
1/4 cup raw, organic apple cider vinegar
Himalayan or Celtic sea salt to taste

1. Place water and fish heads/bones in a 4 quart stockpot.
2. Stir in vinegar while bringing the water to a gentle boil. As the water first begins to boil, skim off any foam that rises to the surface. It is important to remove this foam as this is impurities and off flavors.
3. Reduce heat to a simmer for at least 4 hours and no more than 24 hours.
4. Cool and then strain into containers for refrigeration. I have found this broth best used within 3-4 days if refrigerated and 6 months frozen.

*Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist.

In October 2015, we were featured in this news segment by Channel 8News WRIC in Richmond about our broths. Jan Wolfe & Heather Wetzel of The Elderberry, speak on the benefits of using bone broth