In a previous post, we wrote about how easy it is to prepare a whole French Family Farm chicken in the crock pot that can be used in a variety of recipes. We also suggested that you save the chicken carcass to make a bone broth that is both nourishing and delicious. In our home, we try to let as little go to waste as possible. When I learned how easy it is to make homemade broth, I regretted throwing away all of those chicken carcasses over the years, in favor of buying boxed broths that pale in comparison to what I am able to make at home.
While making bone broth yourself requires more of a time commitment than purchasing it at the store, I find that the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. I have much more control over what goes into my broth and can tailor it to my specific needs. The bones’ minerals and marrow are released during the cooking process, becoming so brittle that they crush easily between your fingers when fully cooked. Adding acidic apple cider vinegar to the water helps release collagen and amino acids, creating a broth rich in gelatin.