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Just because collagen has so many benefits we thought we’d remind you of an easy and super cheap way of getting plenty of it from your diet. Don’t throw these bones away next time you have meat, fish or chicken because a broth slowly made from them is a tasty and collagen rich food, all it takes to prepare is a little time and ideally a slow cooker. However if you’re feeling a tad lazy or just want to try it we stock Sadie’s Kitchen Chicken Bone Broth at a cost of €4.48 for 350ml and hope to have bone broth in powder form soon.

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about 2 pounds of good quality bones
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
sea salt
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1. Place the bones in a 3-quart slow-cooker. You can easily adjust this recipe to the size of your slow-cooker. The bones should fill up about 3/4 of the slow-cooker.

2. Peel and cut your vegetables and garlic. If you are using organic produce, you can just roughly chop them. You can also add vegetable scraps.

3. Fill the slow-cooker with filtered water. Season with a generous amount of salt (about 1-1.5 tsp).

4. Add 1-2 tablespoons (or one good ‘glug’) of organic apple cider vinegar.

5. Set the slow-cooker on low and cook for 18-24 hours.

6. Strain the broth through cheesecloth or a strainer and cool. A good broth will usually have a layer of fat on the top, and will gelatinize when thoroughly cool. The fat can be removed and used for cooking/flavoring vegetables.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Once you’ve made your broth, tasty though it is to enjoy as it is, I think it’s ideal to freeze in smaller quantities to use to fortify soups, sauces and casseroles. For example you can make a delicious split pea soup in next to no time.
Finely chop a large onion and a clove or two of garlic and fry in a little oil of choice until soft.
Add 250g green or yellow split peas (washed, soaked in water for a few hours and washed again) and enough water/stock and bone broth to cover peas by a few centimeters.
Bring to the boil and simmer covered for about an hour until peas are fully cooked.
Enjoy like this or blitz for a thicker soup.
Gut healing, joint support, wrinkle defying soup, who knew?????