Bone broth is a nourishing medicinal broth used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
It prevents disorders of the bones, cartilage, and connective tissues. It boosts immunity during sickness and healing and provides a non-dairy source of calcium and phosphorus. It’s a great, easy digestible source of collagen, chondroitin sulfate, and the essential amino acid building blocks glycine and
proline. It makes a delicious accompaniment to any meal or can be sipped throughout the day (even in your coffee cup) to keep hunger pangs at bay.
Bone soup is especially helpful for addressing:
- Osteoporosis, joint stiffness, and arthritis
- Digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel disease
- Allergic conditions due to compromised immune function
- Kidney dysfunction
- Infertility issues in both men and women
- Overall health of mother and child during pregnancy
Han’s Healthy Bone Soup takes about a half day to fully prepare but is well worth the benefits you’ll reap.
- 3 pieces of pork bone, approximately 3-4” long (pork bones can be purchased at an Asian supermarket; ask the butcher to cut the bones for you. Three leg bones yield about 18 pieces)
- 3 quarter-sized pieces of ginger
- 3 stalks of green onions
- Large stock pot with lid
- Baking pan
- Heavy duty aluminum foil
- Place bones in stock pot
- Add water until bones are covered
- Simmer at lowest temperature for about 60 to 90 minutes
- After about an hour, all the blood and lymph will be released into the water
- Remove the bones and discard the water
- Place bones on a baking sheet lined with foil
- Preheat oven to 385°
- Bake the bones in the oven for 30 minutes
- While the bones are baking:
- Clean the stock pot and refill about 2/3 full with water
- Rinse and trim the green onion stalks and smash the ginger into small pieces
- Place both in the stock pot
- After the bones have baked for 30 minutes:
- Rinse them under running water
- Place three pieces in the pot with the ginger and onions
- Bring pot to boil for 15 minutes
- Then simmer for 4 to 6 hours
When it’s time to enjoy, you can add in veggies, like carrots, potatoes, and celery to make it a true meal or just sip the broth. Store the soup in the refrigerator for up to 5 days; you can keep it in the pot or pour into mason jars.
Drink up to 2 cups (16 oz.) daily.