Slow-cooked bone broth is just what the doctor ordered.
By Jenny Hoff
Bone broth has become a popular staple of many diets, from paleo to ketogenic to the Whole30. It contains minerals and nutrients like gelatin/collagen, magnesium, calcium and all the amino acids, which are preserved when the broth is made at a lower temperature and cooked for one or more days. Locally owned It’s Food! offers bone broth made the old-fashioned way: slowly cooked for several days and free from preservatives. It’s Food! products are sold online and in the frozen-foods section of various markets in Austin, including Wheatsville Co-op.
Eat this: Chicken or beef bone broth
Not that: Conventional canned broth
Says who: Karen Hallford, founder of It’s Food!, launched her company after going on an all-liquid diet to undergo bariatric surgery to reverse her Type 2 diabetes. After unsuccessfully searching for a liquid food full of nutrients and without preservatives, she and her daughter created a chicken-based bone broth to meet her needs. Once members of her health-focused support group tasted it, the requests for her broth mounted and she decided to create It’s Food! to serve wholesome, slow-cooked bone broth to the Austin community.
Why: Unlike traditional canned commercial broth, It’s Food! bone broth includes only high-quality, locally sourced, almost entirely organic ingredients. Slow-cooked with filtered water and seasoned with fresh vegetables and Himalayan sea salt, It’s Food! bone broth is made to preserve all the nutrients and minerals bone broth should include. Cooked in small batches below boiling point for 24 to 48 hours (72 hours for the beef bone broth), it also tastes completely different from what you can buy in a can at the store. “It’s all about the ingredients,” Hallford says. “We start with good ingredients and make them better.”
Listen to your gut: Bone broth advocates consider it liquid gold, as it contains collagen and other compounds often associated with healing gut and inflammation issues. Some people drink it to help deal with leaky gut syndrome and food sensitivities, as well as to combat joint pain and sleep issues.
Multiple uses: Use bone broth for more than just a soup or stew base. Hallford prefers to drink it like tea or use it in place of water for mashed potatoes, while her daughter uses it to cook rice and quinoa. Use it in stuffing and sauces and for sauteing vegetables. Some fans of bone broth even throw it in a smoothie, along with fruit and cocoa powder, for a hearty, nutritious meal replacement.