So maybe it doesn't quite feel like winter yet, but it's certainly the right time to start diving into the tasty world of bone broth. Sure, you can call it stock, since bone broth is basically the base of soup made from delicious, nutrient-filled bones that simmer for hours and hours until magic happens. But why should you jump on this trend?
"It's an elixir of sorts," says Kate Kavanaugh, CEO and co-owner of Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe. "Bone broth is rich in collagen and gelatin, both of which are crucial to repairing and maintaining healthy gut function as well as beautiful skin and healthy joints. The amino acids and trace minerals found in bone broth are great for your immune system, mood, sleep cycles, and reducing inflammation in the body."
Aside from the health aspects, bone broth is great for warming up on a cold morning, providing a little protein snack during the day and filling your belly when you don't necessarily want to eat any more holiday ham. Not too many places offer real, pure bone broth à la carte, but these four places do it right.
1606 Conestoga Street, Boulder
At this Boulder butcher shop and market, guests can buy two types of bone broth. The first will be made with either lamb, bison or beef bones, all depending on what's in stock; the second is a poultry broth. "The bones from beef, bison and lamb are the most dense in nutrients and popular," says chef/owner Hosea Rosenberg. "But we also do bird broth with chicken, duck and turkey bones that are roasted separately and then put together in the same pot to simmer. That version is secretly my favorite.”
No matter what flavor you choose, each batch gets made with roasted bones, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaf, peppercorn and a sampling of other organic, seasonal vegetables such as parsnips or leeks, then simmers for 48 hours. Order a cup of bird or beef broth for $4 or a quart for $12.
Just Be Kitchen
2364 15th Street
Jennifer Peters offers a healthy cup of beef-bone broth at her paleo-friendly restaurant for those looking to get a boost of Omega-3s and protein without filling up. "We cater to so many people who have food allergens, so we have a true broth," she says. "We don't season it at all since there are so many people who can't have onions and other ingredients." Instead, if customers want to amp up the flavor of the liquid they can take a spin at the restaurant's bone-broth bar. This includes two choices of healthy additions such as scallions, garlic, ginger, sea salt, butter, jalapeños and tallow.
To make the bone broth, Just Be starts with bones from grass-fed steer, which simmers for around 48 hours. "I think that the process of how we get the marrow out of the bones is part of what makes it so good," she says, adding that it's so collagen-rich you don't even need to add the toppings. "I think it's really tasty when you extract everything from the bones." Just Be's beef-bone broth sells for $6 for a cup, $8 for a pint or $15 for a quart.