Bone Broth: My First Batch

I got so excited when I read about  Bone Broth (AKA stock). Granted, I don’t think it’s the miracle cure-all that people say it is. But, I was willing to try it since my normal state is undernourished. 

I ended up getting beef ribs because bones are harder to find than I thought. I will have to search the Amish store later. I also had friends tell me to ask at the store as they do have them. But this batch was from rib bones.

Making a batch

I started by soaking the bones in cold water with apple cider vinegar for about two hours. I forgot to set an alarm so it wasn’t exact. It may have been a little more or a little less.

I chopped up what was left of an onion and then about 4 carrots. You don’t have to do this but I like those flavors. 

Then I added the chopped veggies, the bones, and the soaking water into the large crockpot and turned it on high. I let it cook for about 10 hours on high, then turned it to low overnight.

By the next morning it had boiled down so I added more water and turned it back to high until it was a rolling boil again. Then I turned it back down to low for the rest of the day.

Trying a taste at 24 hours

I decided to try a half cup at 24 hours to see how it tasted. It was meh. Not horrible. Not delicious either. I was seriously questioning if it was worth it.

48 Hour Taste Test 

At the 48 hour mark the broth was smelling SO good! It smelled like a heavenly soup with a roasted beef undertone. I had to try it again.

The second taste test was pretty good. It had a nice flavor. I ended up adding some garlic and letting it sit in the crockpot for a couple more hours.

Straining and Storing

I don’t have a huge container so I used a jug I have to store it in. I used a colander to strain all the veggies and bones out and poured the broth into the jug.

I have been storing it in the fridge and it seems to store well. It does have some fat globs floating in there but they are fine once I heat it up.

How is it working?

I have had a cup a couple times a day for the last two days. After the garlic, it tastes MUCH better! 

I do feel more awake. Before you get too excited, “more awake” is actually, “I can play on Reddit more” as doing almost anything still takes too much energy.

I haven’t had a ton of miracle healing but being a little more alert is a nice start.

 My gut isn’t hurting like it usually does. The twisting, cramping feeling that is normal for summertime is now an annoying sensation. That is a nice step up from the pain before. 

Just for those two, I am happy. And it tastes good.

What I am doing next

Next, I will add more gelatin to my diet again. It does help with joint pain. I haven’t done this in awhile because of the cost, but I am going to just grin and bear it next month.

I am going to also try chicken bone broth next. I heard fish broth is good but I’ll just have to trust them on that one. I have never cared for fish broth.

Have you tried bone broth? Do you make your own? Share your story in the comments.

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Java Asked: Low Carb Foods

I think I am going to make Java Asked a segment on here LOL. She gives me so many good ideas by asking questions. Last week she asked about low carb foods. Today I am going to share some ideas for the lowest carb foods that I can think of.

Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian, or a doctor, or a nurse, or any other kind of medical professional. This is not medical advice and should not be construed as such. This is just my opinion and research. see a doctor before changing your diet or doing anything else that might possibly kill you. Don’t just take the word of some random blogger who says she is crazy. If you aren’t going to go to a doctor, at least research it yourself. I’ll try to add helpful links to get you started at the end of the post.
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Low Carb Foods

  • Nuts are always tasty.
    • Peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pistachio, and pecans. 
    • Word of caution for my allergic friends! Peanut oil is often used to coat other nuts. Learn from my mistake. Read the ingredients carefully!
  • Meat of any kind. Remember, my LowER carb diet didn’t have an “eat all you want” section. Eating anything in excess is not good for you… but let’s be real, some days pigging out on a steak, chicken leg, and some salmon feels kind of nice. That being said…
    • Turkey, chicken, beef, duck, and all kinds of fish!
    • Don’t deep fry your fish. Try cooking it on a grill with a bit of olive oil and seasonings. I always like a bit of garlic and onion. You could also add some paprika.
  • Eggs and cheese. I clump these together because I like to eat them together.
    • Any cheese is delicious. Honestly. I love cheese. If you want to try something new, go to the cheese section in your grocery store and find a new cheese to try. 
    • I love gouda, brie, blue cheese, and smoked cheeses.
  • Vegetables. There are a lot of veggies to try that are low carb.
    • This link has a section of above ground veggies that have lower carbs. (scroll down a little to see the veggies.
    • Actually, keep scrolling because the page has a lot of useful information.

10 Quick snack ideas

This is a list of snacks I liked when I was on the diet. I actually still like them. Some need to be prepped ahead of time to make them quick snacks.

Of course, there is always fresh veggies. But when you are sick of those, you can try these ten low carb ideas.

  1. Put a thin layer of pizza sauce on a plate. Sprinkle cheese on the sauce. Nuke in the microwave for a few seconds until the cheese is all melted. Enjoy. Careful. It will be hot.
  2. Nuts of any kind. Nut butter (try all of them!) on celery sticks is a great snack! If you hate the stringy celery bits, peel your celery with a vegetable peeler before making. Also, this is good with nut butter and jelly also. So light on the jelly though. 1 TBSP have about 15 carbs depending on the jelly.
  3. Yogurt is actually pretty good. But you have to check to make sure it isn’t loaded with sugar. Add a TBSP of granola or some ground nuts.
  4. Pickles. Dill to be exact. If you like pickles, you are in luck! One medium pickle has 1.5 carbs. If you truly want to try something crazy, bite off the top of the pickle, shove a finger down the middle of it and fill it with non-sweetened kool-aid powder. Eat it at your own risk. I like them. I am pretty sure I am the only one.
  5. Lunch meat. Wrap it around veggies or cheese. Careful with lunch meat. Besides the ingredients list being terrifying at times, it is really high in salt.
  6. Cook an egg and serve it in an avocado half with pepper and salt. You can thank me for this amazing dish later.
  7. This recipe right here. Add your own fillers to the mix for different flavors. This is good with just the egg too.
  8. Mini meatloaf. Same idea as #7 but done with meatloaf. I make mine with onion, food processor carrots (run it until it’s little bits), garlic, ketchup, a small amount of bread crumbs (to help it hold together), and egg. My recipe isn’t a science. I use what I have. Next time I make it, I will try to remember to post the recipe.
  9. Make a lettuce wrap instead of a sandwich. You put what you want (lunch meat, veggies, a little dressing) into a pice of romaine lettuce and chow down. My favorite was roast beef and cream cheese with some random veggie thrown in (usually broccoli).
  10. This one is not a quick snack. I just really like it. Make taco meat. Serve it over spaghetti squash, zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, or in a lettuce wrap. Add sour cream and salsa. Taco fix!

I will post the links a little later. I am exhausted from today.

Do you have any ideas for Java? Leave a comment below and I’ll pass it on.