No bones about it

At first mention, the name “bone broth” sounds a little chilling and gruesome – it’s everything but. Remember when your grandma used to simmer an entire ham bone to make a pot of split pea soup? It’s all about the flavor and, in this case, the healing properties.

Did you know that bone broth can soothe joints, strengthen bones and nails, and calm intestinal inflammation? This isn’t a new-age trend, either. While it might just be catching on with the Western World, bone broth dates back to the 1700s. Western Europeans called it “beef tea” and it was used in hospitals for the infirm and elderly.

When I think of bone broth, one company stands above the rest. Bare Bones was founded in 2013 by Ryan and Katherine Harvey. His culinary expertise married with her journalistic and marketing experience results in a top notch company with a great-tasting product and creative display. Their motto is “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

What sets Bare Bones apart?

It’s good stuff. Bare Bones Bone Broth is slow simmered in small batches for one to two whole days to retain the nutritional benefits. Kate and Ryan refer to their broth as “the ultimate kitchen staple” and I have to agree.

Real, simple ingredients. What makes Bare Bones different from the stock you can buy at any supermarket? The company only uses bones from humanely raised, grass-fed animals. You will never find any soy, gluten, added antibiotics, hormones, artificial flavorings, or preservatives in this all-natural broth. Bare Bones Broth is made from filtered water, bones, organic vegetables, and spices. It’s also Whole30 Approved and Certified Paleo.

Nothing to hide. Bare Bones lists their suppliers on their website, so you can see just where those ingredients are coming from.

You have options. There are 4 exciting flavors: Classic Beef, Classic Chicken, Tomato & Spice Beef, and Rosemary & Lemon Chicken. Each flavor comes in a pack of six. If you want to try them all (and I encourage it), go for the sampler six-pack!

It’s convenient. The broth is shipped frozen solid via UPS. Store unopened pouches of Classic Chicken and Rosemary Lemon broths in the fridge for up to 45 days. (You will soon be able to do the same with Classic Beef and Tomato Spice broths!) To prolong life up to a year, store broth in your freezer. The pouches have a twist top – just in case you only need a bit. Opened pouches can be refrigerated for 7-10 days.

Add it to any recipe. Use Bare Bones Broth in place of conventional broth or stock. I add it to my favorite Sweet Potato + Chocolate Chili recipe that I’ve adapted from The Whole Smiths. It gives it a boost of flavor and protein to keep you full and satisfied with just a small bowl.

It’s also good for sipping! A few days ago I was feeling little chilled and under the weather. I heated up a mug of Bare Bones Beef Broth and sipped it as I would a cup of tea. Not only did it taste wonderfully wholesome, but it warmed me to my core like a satisfying cup of cocoa on a wintery day.

Still unsure of how to use bone broth? Kate and Ryan have created a cookbook to dispel any worries about getting it wrong. They’ve provided over 100 easy-to-follow recipes for using the broth and integrating it into your daily meals. Recipes include Beet, Ginger, and Coconut Smoothie; Butternut Squash Biscuits and Sausage Gravy; Maple-Bourbon – Glazed Shrimp with Peaches; and Lobster Dumplings and Coconut Broth. Is your mouth watering yet?

For more information or to make a purchase, visit barebonesbroth.com.

 

 

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Bare Bones Broth. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Diary of a Snacker successful. All opinions are my own.