Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Paleo Bone Broth Company...where have you been all my life?

It is no secret that I love bone broth. It feels like the most nutritious, nurturing substance I can put into my body and I believe that everyone should be drinking some on a regular basis. The list of its health benefits is lengthy, but does include supporting the immune system, healing the lining of the gut, lubricating ligaments/ tendons/joints, and making your skin & hair silky smooth and shiny. It's pretty much the nectar of the gods! 

There is nothing I love more than trundling down to my local butchers (Chadwicks in Balham, SW London) on a cold winter's day for a bag of beef bones, then setting them to simmer either on the stove or in a slow-cooker for what seems like an eternity. With our hectic London life hurtling around us, this simple activity seems to slow me down and transport me back to a slower time. It is a pretty amazing feeling to get from some bones!

To get incredible, health-promoting bone broth, the process is pretty simple. You source good quality bones, then you boil them for a long time -- a very long time -- up to 24-48 hours. Yup, that long! The longer you boil 'dem bones, the more collagen and gelatin you get out of them, so this aspect is really important. However, I must confess, I've never attained the required boiling time to make the BEST bone broth. I think the longest I sustained, before my partner complained of the sauna-esque qualities that our small London flat took on, was 16 hours. Such a waste when the bones still have so much more to give! 

Sometimes when I'm feeling a bit tired, a bit run-down, or need a good nutritious pick-me-up, I wish I could get some bone broth without all the time & hassle of making it yourself. I've heard of places popping up in NYC that sell bone broth by the cup, and I've been pineing for something like that in London, but to no avail. Then the Paleo Broth Company came into my life. Organic, paleo-friendly bone broth delivered straight to your door within 24 hours - AMAZING. 

Their bone broth comes in 2 different sizes, either 200 mL or 1 litre, depending on your consumption and needs. I personally like the idea of the individual pouches, as I find it difficult to regulate what I drink, as it's so tasty! The broth gets delivered frozen via a courier service and packaged in an Eco-friendly woolen cool box, so when it arrived I was able to whack the pouches straight into the freezer until I wanted them. That's pretty incredible, because then you can have some bone broth on hand either to have as your daily cuppa in the morning, or when you're feeling a bit run down and want that pick-me-up.

So what's the best thing about this broth? Well....these gorgeous people boil their bones for a staggering 48 hours. I can only imagine the pots simmering away, the kitchen which houses them, and the smell wafting out. That makes my soul very happy! The result is a silky smooth beef bone broth, gelatinous by nature, that tastes of hearty free-range beef. The convenience of this service is incredible and the product is top-notch. 

Check out their website for more information and definitely follow them on Twitter for tips on how to use your broth!


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