Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Alternative to coffee (and it's paleo too!)

I've been drinking coffee semi-regularly ever since going paleo and I really love it.  Unfortunately, it doesn't love me back.  In fact it's turned into a somewhat abusive relationship.  Abusive in the way that even small amounts of coffee causes tightness in my back, breast tenderness, and this general feeling of being a bit "off."

But seeing as it's the middle of winter here in Southeastern Ohio, I like the idea of something hot to drink, especially in the morning. Tea would be the obvious choice but I'm not a tea drinker.  Never have been really and though I've tried all sorts of blends and flavors tea just doesn't do it for me.  So I need another alternative.

And in steps broth!  This morning as I write this I'm sipping a nice hot mug of homemade beef broth.  It's really yummy and supplies valuable nutrients too. You see grass fed beef and pastured chicken have lots of minerals stored in their bones.  By simmering said bones you release the minerals into the liquid, making a mineral rich broth.  At least that's the theory.

My friend Leah turned me on to this, and here's how we make it:

Take a chicken carcass from a pastured chicken or some grass fed beef bones.  For chicken I use the leftovers from one I've previously roasted.  For beef I buy bones from my local farm. 

Put them in a crock pot with enough water to cover and about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar.  The vinegar helps release the minerals from the bones.  Then simmer overnight and the next morning ladle out some of the broth and enjoy.  I like to add a pat of Kerry Gold pastured butter and some coconut cream (just like I was making coffee).  It's soooo good!

Then just keep adding water as needed and simmer it all week long.  The longer you simmer it the more minerals the bones will release.  During the week the broth will also get weaker but that's ok.  At the end of the week strain the broth and discard the bones.  Then you can continue drinking it until it's gone (refrigerate and reheat) and then start another batch.  I like to alternate between beef and chicken for variety.

Try it and see what you think.  I like it so much I'm off to get another cup :)


  1. Wow....sounds really interesting.hmm.

  2. You come up with the most amazing stuff! And do the neatest things! Yea for you and your friend Leah. I just can't make myself participate in the kitchen. Yet.


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