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Yes, I know, this is a touchy topic.

There has been a lot of thought and prayer that went behind this post/video because there are so many emotions on both sides of the feminist movement and my hope is not to ruffle very many feathers.

The topic of feminism has been something I have battled over for a while because I feel like the concept of feminism could be a very beneficial one but those representing it today are missing the mark.  

As a Christian woman, my desire is to find the best way to represent myself, support my fellow ladies, and stay within the direction of God’s Word.

Check out my video if you want to see more!

Links included in the video:

Gideons International – https://www2.gideons.org/

Get a free Bible – https://www.biblesforamerica.org/

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Here we are, with another movie review from our family movie night library!  Have you filled up your library with some of my suggestions?  If you haven’t read some of my previous reviews, check them out here.  You won’t regret them!

Today we are talking about the movie Fiddler on the Roof.  This is one that my husband introduced me to and has become one of my favorite musicals.  The four of us in my family can frequently be seen dancing around the kitchen to the soundtrack from this film!

It was made in 1971 and stars Topol and Norma Crane.  So let’s talk about it…

The Story

There are many twists and turns (and amazing songs) throughout the film but the basic idea you need to know is that the main family is a Jewish family in Russia during the early 1900s.  

Tevye and his family live in a small town called Anatevka.  He has five daughters and is in the midst of trying to find them good matches. 

We not only get to see a glimpse of history during this time but it is really neat to see this community hold to the traditions laid out in the Old Testament of the Bible and to see how God’s people live.  

There was obviously a desire for daughters to marry men of the same belief system and hopefully great enough in wealth to keep them comfortable.  The difficulty arises when his daughters fall in love with “less than ideal” men and Tevye has to make some difficult decisions.

Things to think about

This is not only a lively movie with great music; there are a lot of valuable family discussions that can come from it.

Tevye has to decide between following tradition and cutting relationship strings with his daughters.  Fiddler on the Roof seems to equally focus on the value of tradition and the importance of being “equally yoked” with your spouse.

The only iffy part I wanted to warn you about is that in one scene several characters get drunk.  But all they do in their drunken state is sing and dance!

Check out the trailer here!

I would strongly suggest you check out this film…and let me know what you think!

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Everyone needs to plan a child’s snack from time to time. However, the more healthy the snack is, the more complicated it tends to be. And while switching to a more traditional way of preparing food and really focusing on the health of my family’s guts has been a huge deal to me recently (check out this post), I have also had to focus on finding the best ways to feed health to my family WHILE getting the rest of my life done.  

One of the biggest areas where I wanted to get some shortcuts/easy recipes going was my kids snacks.  If you are going to go the traditional cooking route (and I strongly suggest that you do) there will be more prep behind just about everything. But to really make healthy/traditional snacks for kids, you have to develop some routines and systems that have made it manageable and I will be sharing all of those in the future.  The main one I want to focus on today “prep day” system.

It is pretty much self-explanatory…I have one day a week that I devote to prepping food for the week. So ANYTHING that can be prepped ahead is done on that day.  So as long as I buckle down and do all the prep on that day, these recipes are very manageable and the rest of the week is a breeze!

  • Popsicles: The fist tip I want to give with this is DON’T BUY MOLDS!  We have a couple of popsicle molds and they are very cute and definitely get used, but our favorite (and generally the most effective) way to make popsicles are in ice trays.  Get a couple $1-2 ice trays from Wal-Mart or Dollar General, fill with whatever filling you decided on, and then stick a toothpick into the top and freeze!  You can Google “healthy popsicles” and get a wonderful list of possibilities but my favorites are Chocolate Kefir popsicle (homemade or store bought kefir) or to just fill up the trays with whatever smoothie I’m drinking that day.  
  • Chocolate-dipped bananas – When we were putting my son through an elimination diet to see what was causing his skin issues I stumbled across this recipe.  Instead of using chocolate chips, I combine coconut oil, cocoa powder, and stevia (inspired by Trim Healthy Mama’s Skinny Chocolate).  I store them in the freezer and they eat them kind of like they would a popsicle!  But they are even easier to make!
  • My smoothie – Every day, while the kids are having a snack, I make myself a smoothie.  Often, instead of giving them water to go with their snack, I will just give them a sippy cup filled with my smoothie.  Of course this can be a basic fruit/nut butter/liquid/ice combo or whatever your favorite recipe is.  I will be sharing more on what I eat in a future post.
  • Sweet potato banana bitesThis recipe is beyond easy and my children call it “cake” and can’t get enough of it!  The main changes I have made to the linked recipe is that I double-quadruple it on “prep day” so it will last the rest of the week.  Instead of making it into “bites” I just pour it into a pan and cut it into bars after cooking.  I also add some stevia and nutmeg and it ends up tasting a lot like a dessert but is very healthy and full of veggies/fruit/protein!
  • Sourdough crackers – Check out this post to see how to easily keep a sourdough starter in your home and why it is a good idea.  But once you have your starter going, this is one of those recipes that (outside of hands-off souring time) takes about 15 minutes and doesn’t require any certain timing with your starter or worrying about a rise.  I usually double this recipe as well and, although the recipe says to bake in small batches, I just roll out one full recipe onto some parchment paper, cut it with a pizza cutter, and transfer to a baking sheet.  
  • Sourdough pumpkin bread – As you can tell from the recipe name, you will need a sourdough starter for this as well.  But this recipe has soooo many options!  If I’m serving it as a snack I make it in muffin tins and just give them a whole muffin with their smoothie.  If I plan on giving it to them for a breakfast I make it into a bread loaf, smear on some almond butter, and serve with a side of fruit.  If I want them to have a dessert treat I add some dried fruit or dark chocolate chips before baking and drizzle a little raw honey on top before serving! Note: I use Sucanat in this recipe which I buy in bulk off of Amazon but it can also be purchased at health food stores.
  • Dehydrated fruit – We have purchased a dehydrator and it has been an invaluable asset in our traditional food prep! But if you do not have one and it isn’t in the budget then buying dehydrated fruits in bulk from a store like Costco or Sam’s Club is a great alternative.  When you buy them organic, they make the ultimate easy/healthy snack!

Well, there you have it!  My favorite, healthy, go-to snacks for my kiddos!

Now tell me…what are your go-tos? Any shortcut/easy recipes you have discovered?  I would love to learn from your experience as well!

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In my last YouTube video I mentioned how important I believe it is as a busy wife and mom to take some time to take care of YOU!  In essence, it is taking time off of your “job”. 

I gave you three examples of what I do (to hear about the other two, check out this video) but wanted to go a little deeper in to the last one:

SELF-CARE DAY!!

The Routine

Tuesday night is my official “self-care night”.  My entire routine takes about 1.5-2 hours but it completely transforms the way I feel about myself and I believe is improving my overall health.

Every Tuesday, right after the kids lay down, I clean the kitchen and do any prep that needs to be done for the next day.  This is very important to me because part of the benefit of doing a self-care day is the relaxation and that is hard for me to do if I know there is a lot of stuff that needs to be done.

After the necessaries are done I start my detox bath.  The most important thing about this bath is that it is VERY powerful.  Unless you are sick, I wouldn’t suggest doing it more than once a week because it can really take it out of you.  I would also suggest timing your self-care day in the evening because you will probably feel a little weak/woozy afterwards.

While in the bath I take some time to relax with as much of my body under the water as possible so the majority of my skin can be in contacting with the detoxifying water.  But I also spend some time “beautifying” – filing nails, shaving legs, pumicing feet, etc.  Washing my face is also always included in the bath time to prep for the next step in the routine.

After about 30 minutes in the tub I CAREFULLY get out (remember, you might be a little woozy because of the detoxifying).

Then I apply my facial mask and let it set for 15-20 minutes.  During this time I do an oil pull.  I shoot to do this for the entire time I am masking but sometimes I don’t make it.

While masking/oil pulling I lotion up with my body balm.  This will include any areas that are dry or could just be the entire body.  After the bath, my pores are nice an open and it is the perfect time to moisturize.  I will especially focus on my feet because they tend to be my roughest spot.

Once the oil comes out and the mask comes off I whiten my teeth.  This is another thing that is very good to get in the habit of doing but shouldn’t be done more than once a week.

And finally it is my “misc time”.  There are certain things that I just do on an as-needed basis so how I fill this block really varies from week-to-week.  It can include painting my toenails, tweezing my brows, extracting some blackheads, etc.

Then when it is all done I moisturize my face and go to bed!

The Recipes

There are so many ways you can fill “self-care day” and there are so many recipes you can use!  

But these are the ones I have landed on and I can guarantee they are all very effective, natural, and healthy! 

I have also included the links to where I purchase the majority of the ingredients I use.

Detox Bath (source): Pour a couple tablespoon of carrier oil (almond, coconut, olive, etc) and add 2 drops of lemon essential oil and 5 drops of lavender essential oil.  Sprinkle 1 cup Epsom salts over the bottom of the tub.  Then fill the tub with the warmest water you can comfortably stand.  As the tub is filling, add 1/4 cup organic ACV under the faucet.  Immerse yourself for 20-30 minutes.

Facial Mask – Pour a couple tablespoons of bentonite clay into a small container.  Add just enough organic ACV to make it into an easily spreadable paste.  Smear over entire face and leave on until it gets somewhat dry.  Wash/wipe it off with warm water and a washcloth.

Oil Pulling – Put one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish for anywhere from 10-30 minutes.  You do not have to continuously swish but do occasionally move it around.  Make sure to spit it out in the trash or outside because coconut oil can easily clog up drain as it solidifies. 

Body Butter (source) – Follow the directions in the link provided.  But when I made it a second time I actually added some lanolin into the melting step to add additional healing and make it a naturally softer texture (the original recipe can get firm when room temperature). Either recipe with leave your skin feeling a little oily but it is perfect to use before bed because by morning it will have soaked in and your skin will be feeling divinely smooth and soft! The ingredients for this are shea butter, coconut oil, essential oils, and optional lanolin.

Teeth Whitener – Combine a small squirt of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and some toothpaste (enough to bring it to a paste texture).  Brush your teeth with this mixture for two minutes.

And there is all my secrets to a beautifying, relaxing, detoxifying, absolutely amazing self-care night!  

Keep an eye out for my upcoming YouTube video that will show me going through the steps in this routine!

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My passion of late has been learning to do what it takes to make my family truly healthy and a lot of my research has been spilling over into my posts.  In fact, hundreds (maybe thousands) of hours this past year has been spent on this topic and I still have so much I want to share!  

But, as with any research, it can be discouraging to find out that there is so much we don’t know and so many different people telling us how to do it.  

So I would like to SHARE my “secret” with you…(it’s actually not a secret because I’ve already mentioned it in every “health” post I’ve written so far)…but today I’m going to give you the detailed scoop on Traditional Cooking School AND offer a Pursuit of Homemaking exclusive DISCOUNT!!

What is Traditional Cooking?

Traditional cooking is basically using time-tested ways of cooking food in ways that are both beneficial to your body and are as natural as they can be. The best place to start is to take of glance at my previous post on gut health.

Once we realize that our gut houses 80% of our immune system, it is easy to figure out that making sure our gut is healthy should be a high priority.

The basics:

Toxins = destroys gut

Probiotics/beneficial bacteria/organic nutrition = heals gut

But then begins the real research…what is my family doing that is introducing toxins into our bodies and what can we do to start healing our guts???

Enter Traditional Cooking School!

As Wardee (TCS owner) so eloquently said…

If you want to eliminate toxins and start healing your gut, you need to eat GNOWFGLINS!

G.N.O.W.F.G.L.I.N.S.God’s Natural Organic Whole Foods Grown Locally IN Season

So basically, eating food the way God made and preparing it the way He designed.

I am finding, in several areas of my home, that it is just better to go back to the way things used to be done (with the addition of electricity and plumbing) and that same concept applies to cooking.  God knew how to create food that would nourish our bodies, but we rarely eat them in that form or at that quality anymore. 

Now don’t get me wrong, there are LOTS of places to get good information on all of the different aspects of traditional cooking but when you realize how many new concepts you will have to learn and how many toxin-filled products you have in your kitchen that need to be replaced…it is so nice to have all that information in one reliable spot!

The school

One of my favorite things about Traditional Cooking School is that it was started by a mom (just like me!) who had a son with severe eczema (just like me!) and simply wanted to find out how to make her child healthy (just like me!). 

These lessons are just so relatable because it isn’t a professor in front of a class but a mom in her kitchen sharing what she has learned.  Check out this welcome page to see what I mean.

Each course is broken down into several lessons that are video based with a downloadable printed version.

There are currently 14 courses (they have added two since I joined a year ago) covering everything you need – fundamentals, sourdough, fermenting, dehydrating, kitchen tools, women’s health, teaching children to cook traditionally, and SOOOOO much more!

With a membership you also get access to a private FB page so you can ask any questions you want and get answered by Wardee, the other teachers, and other experienced students.  When beginning this journey I found that to be invaluable!

Because of this course I have gained the knowledge to not only know how to feed my family in a healthy way but also how to find the best ways to help it fit into our budget.  All the wife/moms that teach this program are stay-at-home, on a tight budget moms just like us and have had to find creative ways to make an organic, traditional food lifestyle fit into their normal paycheck.

I will be covering the individual changes and tips that we have learned in future posts but I will never be a replacement to this amazing program!

The deal!

So I contacted Traditional Cooking School and asked for a discount to help you start off so that you can change your family’s gut too.

First off, if you follow this link you can get access to free videos that will help you get an idea of what the course is like (this is not exclusive to this blog).

And if you like what you see there you can follow this link and get an EXCLUSIVE 14-day trial of the entire program for just $1!!

If you take this deal you will automatically be registered to the full-price course at the end of the two weeks but you will get several reminder emails before then.  Once you enter the full-price course you will pay $47 a month for access to EVERYTHING…now I would say that is a pretty good deal!  

If you have any questions please let me know!  I can’t wait to hear how much you are enjoying the program!

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After much thought and prayer I have decided to expand The Pursuit of Homemaking to YouTube!!

There have been several topics I’ve wanted to share on but thought it would be best to do it “face-to-face” just to make sure it came across as intended.

I am so excited about this new step but know absolutely NOTHING about recording/editing/YouTubing…so I ask for grace as I begin to master these skills.  

My first video is simply an introduction to the channel and hopefully will give you an idea of where I’m hoping to go with it.  Here is the link to it.

Thank you so much for your support thus far!

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We are taking the next step in our journey to health and learning to eat food “as God intended”!  

As we watch the health of our society steadily decline, it is becoming apparent to me that these amazing bodies that God designed are meant for better things.  I believe 100% that the amazing immune system He gave us can’t be beat by any medicine out there if we treat it the way it was meant to be.

So to start off this series, I discussed the importance of gut health and what a big role that plays in our overall health.  Next, I shared what I have learned about the “drinkable gold” we know as bone broth.  And now we are moving into sourdough bread!

As I’ve said before, at least 75% of the information I’m sharing in these traditional food posts has come from studying through Traditional Cooking School.  I will be barely touching the surface today and can not encourage you enough to continue learning through them and other research!

Why to sour??

First, I want to just give you a quick overview of the why.  Making sourdough bread isn’t the hardest thing in the world, but it sure would be easier to just go pick up bread from the store. What is the big deal?  There is really good reason for it. 

To start, wheat contains phytic acid.  As phytic acid goes through out system it grabs the minerals in our body and flushes them right on through.  So the more wheat you consume, the more mineral deficient you become.  In fact, one of the most common health issues in our society today is mineral deficiency!!  This can effect EVERY aspect of your health.

Wheat also has a lot of sugar which, when we eat it, spikes our blood sugar.  Our insulin then spikes up to keep our blood sugar under control…do this over and over again with every slice of bread and you end up with insulin resistance, high blood sugar, and diabetes!

But logically we might say, “If God made wheat for us to eat, why does it do us harm?”.

That’s where sourdough comes in!  Through the souring process the phytic acid in the wheat is neutralized and the good bacteria that is causing the dough to sour eat all the sugar as their source of food.  So during a magical 8 hour souring time…all of our wheat problems simply float away…

How to sour??

Again, I’m just going to give the basics today so to get more details check out this Traditional Cooking School post.

But the basics to making a sourdough bread are creating a starter by combining flour and water, let it sit in a warmish place for 12 hours, then add more flour and water.  Repeat over and over again…forever. Once you have an established starter you can continue feeding it and taking from it for cooking purposes for the rest of your life. It is cool to think that in every batch of sourdough that you cook, you will have a little % of the original batch that you started with.  Some families that hand down their starters can trace their starters all the way back to the 1800s.

If you want to cook with it every day you can keep it out on your counter and feed it twice daily and then just pull from it whenever you want to make a recipe.  

If you are more of a once a week baker then you can actually store it in the refrigerator and just pull it out in time to give it 2-3 feeds before you bake.

It might seem as though I am over simplifying it (and there are some nuances involved), but it really is simple!

From my starter I had made English muffins, hotdog buns, cakes, cookies, pancakes, waffles, bread, crackers, tortillas, chips, and granola!  All super easy and inexpensive!

Tips
  • The biggest mindset shift is that when you are using traditional cooking methods you need to get in the habit of thinking 12-24 hours in advance.  So the night before you can ask yourself, “do I want to make any sourdough baked goods tomorrow?”  If the answer is yes then you can start the recipe souring that night so it will be ready the next day.
  • A sourdough starter can be made with any flour you choose but using a non-processed whole wheat is definitely ideal for the healthiest result.  To take it a step further, buying wheat berries is actually cheaper than ground flour and then you can grind them at home with a mill for another health boost.  As soon as the berries are ground they start losing their enzymes so grinding them at home and using them immediately is the ultimate way!  This is the grain mill I use.
  • It can take a couple months of maturing time for your starter to be ready for making a loaf of bread so I would personally suggest trying some other things first.  It can be discouraging if you try bread too soon and your first sourdough recipe is a flop…
  • The starter really does do better with a little bit of heat (stress on “little bit” because you don’t want to kill the bacteria.  So, right after I feed it I place it on top of my toaster oven on the “defrost” setting for 30 minutes.  But you could also put it on a heating pad, dehydrator, or any other warmish place in your home.
  • And finally, there are a lot of sourdough recipes out there but in order to enjoy the health benefits we spoke of today you need to make sure that ALL the flour in the recipe is soured for at least 7 hours.  Some recipes will just have you add the starter as a flavoring technique and never actually include a souring time.  

Wow…so much information!  I have now been doing this for over a year and have learned SOOOO much during that time!  If you have ANY questions or thoughts or wisdom to add PLEASE let me know!  

Thanks for listening!

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There was a moment, in the not too distant past, where I came up with an idea and felt like an absolute genius…but have since come across several other people who already do the exact same thing…so maybe I am just late to the party.

Basically, if you’ve heard this idea a million times before – humor me.

If, by chance, this is as new to you as to me – be amazed at my brilliance.

The Concept

Who here has purchased from Amazon.com?  

I’m thinking that most hands are raised right now.  This website is the bomb!  

Looking baby items? – check Amazon.  Gourmet dry goods? – check Amazon.  Strange, exotic musical instruments? – check Amazon.  Every book on the planet? – check Amazon.  ANYTHING your heart desires – I can almost guarantee it can be found on Amazon!

And no, Amazon is not sponsoring this post…it is just my favorite site ever.

Many of us Amazon shoppers already have a wish list going for the many amazing things we have seen on this amazing sight but haven’t made room in the budget for yet. 

My idea was to make a new list for you and ones for all the individual members of your family with gift ideas for any future occasion.  Then, make it public and send the link out to all your relatives letting them know to save the link so they can refer to it at EVERY future gift giving occasion!

This is a win-win because you will no longer have to scramble to think up a list when asked what you want for your birthday or Christmas AND all you family has to do is take 2 minutes scanning your list, another 30 seconds placing the order, and then just wait for it to show up at their door!

The Tricks

I kinda already mentioned this but I found it convenient to create different lists for each member of the family.  That way, for example, when my daughter’s birthday rolls around, the family doesn’t have to scroll through one long list and try to determine what gifts were meant specifically for her.

Also, whether working with this list or just experiencing Amazon in general, I can not say enough about the benefits of getting Amazon Prime.  Prime is a subscription you can sign up for that costs about $100 a year but you save between 5-75% on just about everything you order!  You also get FREE two-day shipping on almost everything and thousands of FREE videos and movies!   There are many more benefits that come with it but those are the main ones we take advantage of.

And finally, ask if your family can actually order through the lists so that the items won’t be duplicated by multiple people (of course it is no biggie if that doesn’t happen because it is easy to return things to Amazon).

The great thing is that you can continuously keep it up, taking anything off that you purchase and adding any new ideas that you come up with, so that anytime gift-givers look at it in the future it will be applicable.

So now I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Was this a new idea or as old as sliced bread?  Are there any helpful additions you would add?  

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It has been a while since I have reviewed a movie but when building you family-friendly, character-building movie collection this one really should be on your list!  EVERY time I watch it I laugh…I cry (several times)…and I am given hope for the future from remembering what a character-filled world this used to be!

Follow Me, Boys! was filmed in 1966 and stars Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, and Kurt Russell (as a young boy).

Story

As the story begins we are introduced to a delightful small town set in the 1930s as Fred MacMurray is passing through.  Always desiring to put down roots, he decides to make a home there.

I don’t want to give to much away, but as he settles in, he gets a job, falls in love, and is recruited to be the scout master for the local Boy Scout troop.  The rest of the movie takes us through the next 30ish years…through heartwarming times of joy and absolute heartbreak.

Throughout Follow Me, Boys! the focus is on doing what is right, working hard, and being there for anyone in need.  We also see what really matters because, although Fred MacMurray has some very big career dreams at the beginning of the movie that are never realized, it is overwhelmingly clear at the end that he is the “richest” man in town because of the all the lives he has blessed.

The Good

I already covered several good points in this film but it is also worth mentioning that there is no violence, sexual scenes, or language.  I’ve said it before and I say it again…this is one of the reasons I LOVE classic movies!!

Although any member of the family could safely watch this movie it probably wouldn’t really captivate any child under 12ish.

The Bad

Towards the beginning of the story Fred MacMurray’s character helps Kurt Russell, who’s father is the town drunk and completely unfit to raise a son.

There is one scene where we see the father very drunk and fully realize how difficult he makes his son’s life.  There is no nasty behavior, just embarrassing clumsiness and the drunkenness is painted as a very negative thing.

So, there you have it!  I would love to know if you add it to your library and what you think!

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I’M BACK!

I’m sorry for letting so much time pass since I last posted!  My husband just got a new job located on the other side of the country and we have been in the process of putting our house on the market…selling out house…packing our house…finding a new home to move to…and preparing to say goodbye to all our friends and family!  We have now been in our new home, an hour outside of Chicago, for about three weeks and we have so much excitement in what lies ahead! 

But all that being said…let’s start talking about some chicken feet!

In a couple of my recent my recent posts I have been talking about some exciting things I have been learning and some diets changes we have been making because of that.  My husband and I are really realizing how important the health of the gut is and how it completely changes a person’s life and overall health.

As caretakers of both our own and our children’s bodies, we believe it is time to feed our family a diet that will not only make us feel great, but fight off diseases, encourage a good weight, and set our kids up for healthy futures!

I want to give another shout-out to Traditional Cooking School for giving me SOOOOO much wonderful information in transforming our diet and learning some new (but yet truly traditional) skills.  I will be writing a more detailed post of them later.

The first major addition we made to our diet is what I want to focus on today…BONE BROTH!

The Why

Have you ever heard that the best, most healing thing to eat when you are sick is chicken noodle soup (even if it is from a can!)?  FALSE!!

Chicken noodle soup has actually picked up the reputation that belongs to chicken BONE BROTH soup – which is indeed one of the healthiest foods on the planet!

Now I am not speaking about picking up a chicken bone and chomping down.  When bones are cooked for a long time they release their astronomical amount of nutrients and minerals directly into the liquid they are cooking in…and then can be consumed directly into your body!

Homemade stocks are frugal, allowing no part of an animal to go to waste. In addition, the nutrition can’t be beat.
Broths are rich with minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Adding an acid during the cooking helps to draw out these essential minerals. The minerals, coming from bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables, are doubly special because they are in the form of easy-to-assimilate electrolytes.
Carefully prepared stocks offer gelatin, a food compound which has been shown helpful in treating digestive disorders, anemia, diseases of the blood, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and cancer. Gelatin is a digestive aid, and this ability comes because of its property of attracting digestive juices to the surface of cooked food particles. Gelatin is not a complete protein, yet it acts as a “protein sparer” — it helps the body fully use the other proteins that are consumed. Gelatin also offers a benefit of frugality. We may stretch our healthy (and more expensive) meat purchases further by aiding our body to use other purchased protein completely.
And let’s not forget flavor! The flavor that stocks confer upon stews, skillet dishes, and cooked grains is simply amazing.

~ Wardee Harmon (Traditional Cooking School)

****A very important point, though, is that in order to have all of those amazing things in the bones they need to come from a healthy, naturally-grown animal with no artificial hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides!

The How

I have actually not made bone broth with chicken bones yet.  We have gotten beef bones from our local farmer’s market and venison bones from friends that hunt (thanks Bo and Amy!).  But really any healthy bones will work.

Other things you can put in (and I hope to in the future) is chicken neck and feet (VERY high in gelatin) and any internal organs such as liver.  All of these will just increase the level of nutrition in this amazing broth!

In all of my study of traditional cooking, I have found that traditional food, in general, isn’t very difficult to prepare and doesn’t require a lot of hands-on time.  The main change from going from modern/unhealthy to traditional cooking, is preparing in advance, because, to truly draw out nutrition and prepare for easy digestion, you have to give it some time.  Bone broth is no different.

We buy our bones on Saturday morning and by lunchtime we:

  • put them in the crockpot
  • fill it almost to the top with water
  • add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (to draw out the minerals)
  • turn it on high for one hour
  • then reduce it on low for anywhere from 12-72 hours (the longer the better).  We usually don’t start eating it until Monday evening so ours simmers for over 48 hours!  Remember, though, we spend about 5 minutes getting it into the crockpot and maybe about 15 minutes finishing it at the end so the only thing that takes time is the crockpot sitting on the counter!
  • strain out the liquid, mix in the marrow (optional), add seasonings, and you’re done!

If you are using a bone that has a good bit of marrow inside (beef bones are perfect for that), you can scrape it out into a blender, once the cooking is done, and blend it up with a little of the broth and then just mix it in with the rest. This can actually make the broth a little thinker and “creamier”.  Marrow is the most nutritious part of an animal so you definitely don’t want to throw that away!

You can be as creative as you want with other additions.  I leave the seasoning up to Josh, because I’m better at following recipes than I am with experimenting.  When you put the bones in the crock pot you can add onions, garlic, basic seasoning, veggies, etc.  You want to be careful with sweet or strong flavored veggies because, after cooking for that long, they can make the broth itself too strong.  It would probably be better to add any veggies you are concerned about an hour or two before the broth is done. Josh does most of the seasoning afterward so that he can taste as he goes and make sure it is just right.

But a lot of the seasoning choices also depends on what you will use the broth for.  We usually make a veggie soup to use as a side dish a couple times a week.  I also use it to cook veggies to give my kids.  But if you are using it in a recipe that already has seasonings you might not want to add anything beforehand.  It is COMPLETELY up to you!

I feel like that is a lot of information…but I hope it has been helpful!  Please let me know if you have any tips or questions!

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