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Farm To Table means Head To Tail Consumption, By IndiePlate

All of us want to support the farm to table movement, but sometimes we fail to realize that for this movement to really take hold and grow from a niche to a regional and national phenomenon, we as a people have to change how we look at farm products. We all want the perfectly grassfed ribeye steak or a delicious pastured pork chop, but what we often fail to realize is that a ribeye or a pork chop is a very small part of a whole cow/hog. To give you an example, bones skin fat and organ meats comprise about 30-40% of hogs and cattle while steaks, bacon and pork chops are only about 25% of the animal. What about the rest of the animal? A local farmer puts their blood, sweat, tears and money in humanely raising the ENTIRE animal, but when we all just demand a small part of the entire animal, what's a farmer to do with the rest. So here at IndiePlate, we have taken a pledge to find new ways of making it easy for you to enjoy consuming all parts of an animal, AND TRULY MAKE FARM-TO-TABLE A SUSTAINABLE MOVEMENT - we call this "HEAD-TO-TAIL" eating!





Head-to-Tail, Bone Broth from Animal Bones - By IndiePlate

"Why should I consume bone broth?"

Because bone broth is an incredibly rich source of minerals, like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, in forms that your body can easily absorb. Glycine and proline are also present in high amounts. These amino acids are not found in significant amounts in the typical meats we eat. Chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine are also present! These reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain. Last but not least is collagen! This protein is found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals. It is abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen is responsible for the gelatin in bone broth! Many of these nutrients will benefit our digestive health, muscle repair and growth, our nervous system, our immune system, reduced joint pain, reduced inflammation, prevention of bone loss, and builds healthy skin, hair, and nails. Sorry, but broth (often labelled “stock”) from the grocery store uses a highly processed method that leaves it lacking in the many of the beneficial nutrients we just talked about, especially the gelatin! Also, other preservatives and additives like MSG could be inside store bought broth/stock. It’s so easy to just make your own and reap all the health benefits!

“No thanks, I’ll just buy packaged broth from the store.”

Sorry, but broth (often labelled “stock”) from the grocery store uses a highly processed method that leaves it lacking in the many of the beneficial nutrients we just talked about, especially the gelatin! Also, other preservatives and additives like MSG could be inside  store bought broth/stock. It’s so easy to just make your own and reap all the health benefits! 

“Okay I’m sold, but how do I make it?!”

It’s so easy! Place 1-2 pounds of bones (beef or pork or both) into a slow cooker. 

Add your favorite flavorings such as chopped onions, herbs, garlic, celery, carrots, salt, and pepper. 

Add 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (this helps pull the nutrients out of the bones).

Fill with cold water until the bones are fully submerged.

 

Cook on LOW setting for 10-24 hours depending on amount and size of bones you use. 

Once finished cooking, strain the liquid into a large pot and refrigerate overnight

­­The next day, skim the fat layer off the top. Keep this fat and give yourself a high-five! You’ve just rendered beef tallow! (or pork lard). Cook your vegetables in this fat!

After skimming the layer of fat off the top, you should be left with a gelatin-like broth! Broth will stay good in the refrigerator for a few days, so freeze what you don’t use for later use. 

Add the gelatinized broth to your cooking recipes as a great flavor enhancer. Use it in any recipes that call for stock or broth, or as a base for soup!

You can also drink it straight! Just warm it up until it simmers and then sip it like coffee or tea! It’s a wonderful rich, savory and relaxing elixir!