Bone Broth is Here, Kansas City!

We have been getting a lot of requests for bone broth over the last few months, and after a little bit of trial and error, we have come up with a recipe that we’re happy to put our name on. Starting with bones from grass fed, grass finished cattle boiled down for hours (and hours, and hours), and finished off with a mirepoix of onions, carrots, and herbs, Uncommon Stock bone broth is a completely natural super food that also tastes great. And now it’s conveniently available right here in Kansas City.

Broth can be sipped straight as a healthy “tea”, or used in a variety of recipes to add flavor and health benefits. Don’t know about bone broth? Google it, and see why athletes, paleo disciples, people with a wide range of ailments including colitis, Crohns, and celiac disease, and those who are simply interested in being healthy are seeking it out.

Where can I get it?

Bone broth is always available at the Uncommon Stock retail store, open Friday and Saturday from 10-4. We will be rolling it out to some of our retail partners as well, so make sure to check with them regarding availability!

What are the nutritional benefits of bone broth?

Bone broth is a source of minerals, like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, in forms that your body can easily absorb. It’s also rich in glycine and proline, amino acids not found in significant amounts in muscle meat, which what people generally consume. Bone broth contains chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain. Finally, bone broth includes collagen, a protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals, which is abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.

What are the benefits of consuming a properly prepared bone broth?

Proline and glycine are important for a healthy gut and digestion, muscle repair and growth, a balanced nervous system, and strong immune system. In fact, a study of chicken broth conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center found that the amino acids that were produced when making chicken stock reduced inflammation in the respiratory system and improved digestion. There’s a reason your mom always made you chicken soup when you were sick…

The gelatin in bone broth can help to heal a leaky gut, which may be of specific benefit to those with inflammatory or autoimmune disorders. These compounds also reduce joint pain, reduce inflammation, prevent bone loss, and build healthy skin, hair, and nails.

Can I get bone broth anywhere? Is it the same as soup stock?

Nope. Broth (or stock) from the grocery store relies on high temperature, fast-cooking techniques, which result in a watered down, non-gelling liquid, so you’re missing out on some of the benefits of a gelatin-rich broth. In addition, unnatural additives (like MSG) and flavors are often added. So if you’re interested in the healing properties of bone broth, you either have to make it yourself, or get it from somewhere that specializes.

Why does my broth jiggle?

That’s the gelatin, which is formed by broken down collagen. Just heat it gently on the stovetop and it will return to a liquid state.

How do I consume it?

Some people drink it in a mug, just like coffee or tea. In fact, a warm cup of broth is a great way to start your morning—try drinking 8 ounces a day, every day. Of course, you can use it in recipes wherever it calls for broth or stock, or turn it into a base for your favorite soup.

How long will broth keep in the refrigerator and freezer?

Keep broth in the fridge for no longer than 3-4 days. It should keep in the freezer for up to a year.

A Few Good Reasons to Consume Bone Broth

1) It’s an excellent source of minerals – both macro minerals and trace minerals. Our modern diet is woefully lacking in these vitally important nutrients, and bone broth is a dense source of them. If you don’t tolerate dairy, bone broth is an excellent source of calcium and magnesium.

2) It’s therapeutic for joints because it’s an excellent source of glucosamine and chondroitin, two of the more common supplements for joint pain. Why pop another pill when you can get greater benefit from a real food?

3) The nutrients in bone broth are easily absorbable. This is no small deal. It’s one thing to consume nutrients – either through our diet (ideal) or through supplements (less than ideal, but sometimes the only option). It’s an entirely different thing for those nutrients to actually make it into our cells. The nutrients in bone broth are in a highly bioavailable format, so they get in there easily and without a lot of work from our digestive system. Speaking of which…

4) Bone broth is powerfully healing for the digestive system. This is in part due to its high content of gelatin, which helps to ease the digestion of cooked foods. Also, the nutrients in broth help to heal the lining of the digestive tract – making it a must for those with diseases that affect the gut.

5) Because it’s an excellent source of the amino acids arginine and glycine, broth reduces your need for protein. It is what we call “protein-sparing,” which means your body can make better use of the protein you do eat, thus not needing to eat as much. In fact, you can cut your meat consumption by as much as half if you include properly prepared bone broth as part of your daily diet. This is one of several reasons why…

6) Bone broth makes your hair, skin, and nails look great! There are a lot of people out there who pay top dollar for products that boost collagen — also the main constituent of hair, skin, and nails. As we age, production of collagen declines and we start to see the outward signs of aging. Botox – a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum – is all the craze for the reduction of lines and wrinkles. Given the choice, we’d rather drink bone broth to keep skin, hair, and nails looking fabulous.

7) It makes food taste really, really good. Any soup, stew, or sauce made from a base of homemade broth is a very different thing from that made from broth out of a can, box, or (gasp!) from a bouillon cube diluted in water – no matter how “natural” or “organic” the package professes its contents to be.

So you see, there’s a reason we reach for the chicken noodle soup when we’re under the weather.