Please don’t rob my freezer.
I package up quarts of chicken, beef and fish stocks that I make from kitchen scraps and spare bones that end up as bone stock in my freezer.
Little did I know that grocery store stock ranges in cost from $3 a quart to $5 per quart. Wow! Making this stuff is like printing money! My quart size bone stock bricks might be worth more than a US Treasury Bond in a few days!
OK, maybe this is not a financial retirement plan I can count on, but I thought I would reflect on a few “stock” issues that are very important to my family’s future that we might agree on:
- 1. Homemade stock is very cheap to produce. Using the simplest of ingredients (bones, vegetables, filtered water), it’s easy to produce gallons of homemade broth/stock. I often hear that eating well is expensive, which is certainly true if you purchase a pastured chicken for $25+ and then throw away the carcass. Tsk, Tsk…What would Grandma say?!
- 2. Bone stock is LOADED with minerals. If there’s a mineral in a bone, it’s possible to extract it into solution and turn it into dinner. These minerals are easy for the body to absorb, which is great because most of our digestive systems are incompetent, and stock is highly digestible. Contrast stock with milk, which is not easily digested by everyone, particularly as we age. Perhaps you know someone who is looking for more minerals in her diet? If so, look no further.
- 3. Bone stock is a great source of gelatin, which is a protein that is like magic for skin hair and nails. Properly prepared, you can have your bone stock jiggling like Jello (and your hair shining like you are 18 again…).
- 4. Bone stock is rich in amino acids. Amino acids are what protein breaks down into if it’s properly digested, which it often is not, especially in women. I find many in my practice who simply cannot digest it, and it shows up as stiff joints, hot flashes, fatigue and irritability, among other injustices.
- 5. Bone stock is delicious. It’s good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or my favorite–afternoon snack! I love to have a warm cup right before that time when the chocolate craving (which won’t come) used to kick in. My daughter and husband like it too, which means you can trust me on this one.
I’ve just done a google search to find out what else is great about stock, and there are a few things I’ve left out (like how it is a source of glucosamine and chondroitin, two celebrity supplements that some people choose to take in capsule form). People have been making bone stock for hundreds of years, so I’m sure I’m bound to miss some wisdom from the ages. The point is that the wisdom is still true, and it has some modern enhancements that can make it even better (like electricity, for example!).
This list is a pretty good start though, and I want to make sure this post gets finished in time to make it to your inbox so you know that I’m teaching a class for a mere $29 this Sunday about how to make beef, chicken and fish stocks the easy way so you never have to buy those little boxes at the store again. Wait ’til you hear where I get my fish for FREE! We are going to cook like crazy for 1.5 hours and the results will be amazing.
Here’s the link to sign up for class on Sunday. Remember you can also bring a friend for $20. We have a few seats left. Hope to see you there!
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