If your newsfeeds are any indication, gut health emerged as a top health and wellness trend in 2017, with Pinterest searches for "gut health" increasing by 251% in the past year alone. Unsurprisingly, more than a few gut-healthy recipes have populated the sharing site, inspiring our weeknight menus and palates alike. Topping them all is Paleo Hacks' recipe for gut-healing bone broth, which has 39,000 saves and counting, according to Pinterest.
Fair warning: The recipe calls for 48 hours of simmering in order to fully cook down the marrow, but they claim the mineral-rich end product can improve joint health, digestion, immune system health, and help defend against the common cold and flu. What's more, "bone broth helps fight inflammation and improves leaky gut syndrome, both of which are believed to be the root of many common autoimmune disorders," they write. "Adding bone broth in place of conventional broth is a simple way to add nutrients and helps strengthen your digestive tract." Find the most popular gut-healing recipe on Pinterest below:
4 lbs. beef bones
12 cups water
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 medium onion, roughly diced
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1 1/2 cups chopped leeks
3 bay leaves
3 to 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
6 cloves garlic
1 tsp. black peppercorns
Preheat oven to 450°F, and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the bones on the baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Once the bones are cooked, place bones in a large stockpot and cover with water. Add the vinegar and allow to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Roughly chop the vegetables and add to the stockpot. Bring to a rolling boil, and then lower to a simmer.
For the first two to three hours, skim any foamy layer that develops on the top and discard.
For beef bone broth, simmer for 48 hours, for chicken bone broth, simmer for 24 hours, and for fish broth, simmer for eight hours.
Allow to cool slightly and strain. Transfer the broth to an airtight container and refrigerate for four to six hours or overnight. This will allow the fat to rise to the top and solidify.
Scrape the fat off the top with a spoon. This will leave you with a gelatinous bone broth when cold.
Store in an airtight mason jar or freeze until ready to use. When ready to use, slowly warm the broth over a low heat to bring it back to a liquid consistency.