Got cow hoof?! I just pulled this beauty out of the freezer, along with beef knuckles, ribs, and fish heads (which I’ll save for tomorrow when I make fish stock). OK–stay with me now. I promise, this is going to good. Rich, deliciously savory, and healing kinda good. With fall and winter soup season coming, homemade broths and stocks are an essential component to have in the kitchen this time of year. They make the perfect base for any soup, stew, or sauce. I’ve even known some people to drink this medicinal broth straight from a mug!
To make good stock, you’ve got to have a good mix of bones. You can use any combination of beef bones you’d like; just make sure you use enough to create a dense, gelatinous consistency when cooled. For this broth, I combined knuckle, rib and–my friend on the chopping block there-cow hoof, to make a comforting pot of broth that will truly knock your socks off. There is nothing quite like a hot, steaming bowl of homemade bone broth. You can literally feel your body strengthening with each sip. It is that good. But that’s not all–bone broths are rich in minerals that support the immune system, and contain healing, gut protecting components such as collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline. If you are injured like me and are recovering from stress fractures or broken bones, or have osteoperosis or are pre-menopausal, the phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in this broth will also help fortify and mend your bones.
Look for beef bones at your local supermarket, or ask the butcher if you are unsure where to find them. You might even score a cool cow hoof like I did, and you can wow the kids with your awesomeness before plopping it into the pot.
Now, all you need is a few vegetables, a large pot and crock pot, and you are ready go.
This recipe is adapted from the Nourishing Traditions cookbook. If you don’t already have a copy of this wonderful book, I highly recommend.
Need inspiration on what to make with your broth? Try this recipe! Red Curry Noodle Soup