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Bone Broth Guide

Bone broth is one of the easiest foods you can make at home to add to your cat or dog’s diet (and your own). It’s high in minerals, collagen, and other micronutrients, all easily absorbed by the body. It can be used as a simple broth (makes an excellent convalescence food), or meat, organ and bone can be included to make a meal. There is no single recipe for bone broth.

The two things all recipes have in common:

· The addition of an acidic liquid. This helps draw the minerals out of the bones more thoroughly. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is most commonly used, it’s well regarded by herbalists for its ability to draw minerals out of plants). Lemon juice may be substituted.

· Long Cooking Time. This is necessary to get the full nutrition out of the bones. There is no “magic” time, but we recommend simmering for 24-48hrs hours in a crockpot. A well‐monitored pot on the stove works too, but requires much more monitoring (turn it off if you leave the house, and when you go to sleep), so shop for a crockpot (thrift stores and garage sales are good low‐cost sources), you'll be glad you did.

1. Start with raw and/or cooked bones. Be sure to include joint bones with cartilage. You can collect and save bones from your own meals in the freezer but be sure to rinse any sauce off that may be irritating to your cat or dog’s digestive system. Turkey wings & legs are a good choice, and can usually be requested at health food store meat counters at a good price, and go straight into the pot raw. 

2. Completely cover the bones with water & add vinegar. Cover by about two inches of water, but not too much more, try to keep the broth dense. Add raw apple cider vinegar, 2-4 tablespoons for an average full crockpot. Cover for the duration. Turn your crockpot to High just to get it started for the first hour, then switch to Low.

3. When finished strain the bones and any meat (do not feed these to your dog!). Let it cool and place in the fridge to chill and gel.  Once it’s chilled skim the excess fat off the top if you wish (there may be less than you expect). The remainder is your broth. If it has a jelly-like consistency when it is cold you’ve done a good job! But don't worry if it hasn't it's still good!

You can freeze this broth in small containers (even ice cube trays) for easy dispensing. You can store it in your refrigerator for about 4 days, it should be frozen for longer storage.

This is not “nutritionally complete” or a substitute for bone! Bone broth is great as an add on, for joint health, and for the poorly etc. It should never take the place of anything in a fully balanced diet. It is not recommended to feed to any pet suffering from seizures. 

These remedies do not replace the diagnosis or advice of your trusted veterinarian. If in doubt, please seek professional guidance.

 

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