Bone broth is a popular health food that has been used for centuries, but just recently has people started talking about it more and more. This article will give you tips on what to look for when buying bone broth as well as give you some recipes to try out.
Bone broth can be bought online or from specialty health and food stores. However, in buying bone broth, it’s important that you prioritize quality over affordability. Why? The answer is simple: you’re going to drink the bone broth, so you need to make sure that what you’ve bought is safe and healthy enough for consumption.
Here are some tips for buying the best bone broth:
1. Place of Origin
The first thing you want to do is find out where exactly the bones come from. For a product to be USDA-certified organic, it must have been produced with 95% organic ingredients.
If the bones are not certified organic then they will be coming from a factory farm that uses a ton of antibiotics and hormones in their cows. These factories also come at a lower cost for the company, thus allowing them to sell more products without actually charging less money.
2. Source of bones
The second thing you want to check is what animal the bones come from. A common practice in factory farms and slaughterhouses is to take the leftover bone and use it as a broth base or soup stock.
This can lead to some serious health problems, such as mad cow disease. Also, if you see something like “Beef Broth” labelled on the package then this means that water was used instead of bone broth.
Bone broth should be made with three ingredients: bones (preferably organic), water, and apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar helps pull out all of those amazing nutrients from the bones into your broth which makes it healthier than using just water. If you do not see any indication of vinegar being added, then it is most likely not bone broth.
One of the final things you want to check for before purchasing your bone broth is how much it costs. If it is priced anywhere above $8 per jar or below $5 per jar, then you can probably leave that store and go to another one where they sell their products for a lower price.
It might take some searching, but eventually, you will find an affordable brand with all organic ingredients.
5. Check if the packaging is airtight and durable
The best bone broths come in airtight packaging because storing bones and vegetables together with water will allow harmful bacteria to grow inside the liquid. Make sure that whatever container you choose has good sealing capabilities to prevent oxidation buildup.
6. Read reviews and feedbacks
To know whether a manufacturer produces good bone broth or not, read reviews and feedbacks from previous buyers. This is an effective way to filter out manufacturers who produce low-quality bone broth.
Recipes are always good things to look into when purchasing new items like this, so here are two recipes that you can use if you do buy some bone broth:
This recipe calls for 1/4 cup of bone broth, 1/2 cup of coconut milk, and 1 medium onion. Simply add all of these ingredients into a pot and bring it to a boil before reducing the heat and letting simmer for 20 minutes.
This recipe calls for bone broth instead of water to cook your rice in it. Just add one cup of bone broth in place of water and you will not be disappointed!
Hopefully, this article has taught you what you need to know when buying bone broth so your kitchen does not become overwhelmed with bad brands. Check my blog for additional readings.