Good morning Day 11!!
I’m over a ¼ of the way through my W40 today and feel fantastic!
One of the things that is making me feel fantastic is my current obsession with Pork Bone Broth! I’ve been making it for about five or six weeks now and I think I’ve officially become an addict. (and also perfected my method!)I drink 500ml of it every morning before breakfast and I’m starting to see and feel real benefits.
First off, the mental reward is very important to me. It actually feels like a big cheat to get to drink it every day because it tastes so decadent that my mind is tricked into thinking it’s a treat. It’s also mentally empowering to know that I’m consuming something that is so good for me and completely pure. I use organic, pork bones from my ethical butcher, so I know I’m getting good wholesome nutrients. When I drink it, I visualize my body’s cells celebrating and becoming stronger and healthier. That might sound stupid… but visualization is actually scientifically proven… I think… or whatever 😉
The second reward is that my hair, skin and nails are incredibly healthy right now. My nails are growing strong and like wild fire and are not splitting at the sides like they normally do. My hair is springy and strong and also growing like wildfire and the most incredible part of all, which I am attributing to the bone broth… my hairline is changing! I have a bit of a receding hair line shape and I’ve always hated it… Just yesterday I noticed that in the two receding parts on either side of my bangs, there’s thick new growth. It’s about an inch long already and already thick enough to change the shape of my hairline to a more attractive (to me) shape.
Maybe my healthy hair growth can be attributed to the bone broth or maybe to my generally healthy state right now… I really want to give that point to the bones tho!
Here’s my ‘recipe’ for bone broth if you want to try it yourself!
3 pounds of high quality pork bones and one or two trotters (called ‘hoofies’ in my house)
3 carrots, roughly chopped
½ a bunch of celery, roughly chopped (I just chop the entire thing about halfway down from the top so I get the leaves and greener parts and then I compost the rest because I think celery is disgusting!)
1 med/large yellow onion, roughly chopped (skin removed)
6-8 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped or smashed
2-3 bay leaves
2 dried chili peppers
1 bunch parsley. You can either chop it or just lay it in there like a nice bed for your hoofies
1 bunch thyme
Handful of peppercorns
An amount of salt… I put a generous amount in…. it’s up to you. You can always add more when you consume it.
2-4 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (I don’t’ measure, I just dump some in).
Layer all your ingredients in a large crockpot and then fill with water* to cover.Put the lid on that puppy and set it to your low setting. Mine is 10 hours. I reset it a couple times and cook it for about 24 hours.
When it’s done (or you’ve reached your level of patience), strain it through a fine sieve and then place into canning jars. If you want to freeze it, put it in 500ml mason jars with 1” of room left over. Pop into the freezer and let it freeze before you put the lids on. This makes six 500ml mason jars of broth which keep in the fridge for… you guessed it, six days!
*Now… If you’re going to make broth every week like I do, and you are a stingy old miser like me and also want to get the MOST nutrients out of your bones and broth, you can do what the French call Remouillage (which will replace the water for every subsequent bone broth endeavor you make) Basically Remouillage is a fancy word for ‘second batch’ and here’s how it works.
Strain out your amazingly flavorful broth as above and then instead of throwing out the cooked bones and veg, fill the crock back up with water and set to low again for 10-18 (or longer) hours. When that’s done, strain through a fine mesh sieve, let it cool and then freeze it. Next week when you’re ready to make another fresh batch of broth with a fresh batch of bones, defrost your Remouillage and use that liquid in place of the water. Basically you’re going to make your bone broth with bone broth, which is much more nutrient dense (and flavorful) than water.
Remouillage makes me feel like I’ve eeked out every last bit of nutrient from those bones and am making sure the broth I spend valuable time making every week is going to be as healthy and nutrient rich as possible. (and really, it’s no more work to run the crockpot the second time…
So there you have it… a recipe for Pork Bone Broth (which you can do with any other high quality bones as well) that will make you healthy, happy and with a beautifully shaped hairline!