With frosts occurring regularly, my soup maker is on the go daily. Love a good soup? So might your dog! I’ll be adding some nutrient rich recipes to the web site over the coming months, but today, it is my favourite. Bone broth!
Bone broths are jam-picked with nutrients and are a nutritious and delicious way to add moisture and flavour to any food, especially dry.
However, bone broth is way more than a gravy. This very mild liquid meal has a list of benefits that ticks many boxes. So whether you feed dry, wet, home cooked or raw, this is a superb all round recipe that is well worth getting on the menu.
- It helps to maintain a heathy gut and it sits easily in upset canine stomachs, so ideal for dog with digestive issues
- It is a great source of collagen, keratin and gelatine and fantastic healing properties for joint health
- The amino acids found in bone broth, including glycine and arginine, have strong anti–inflammatoryeffects so really good for arthritis
- It is packed full of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium
- It is great for fussy eaters, when slightly warm the smell is enticing
- And, for older dogs, the easy to digest nutrients are a winner and it helps to protect joints.
If you fancy giving it a go, next time you are at the butchers (or supermarket butcher), you can ask them what they have – most good butchers know just what to keep to one side for dog owners. I use a slow cooker and I leave it in the garage, so the house isn’t overpowered with the smell!
- Apple cider vinegar
- Choose your cooking pot. Either a crock pot, a large saucepan, or a slow cooker.
- Fill with bones. Lots and lots of bones! Chicken carcass, chickens’ feet, beef thigh, beef marrow bones, oxtail etc.
- Cover with water and put a splash of apple cider vinegar in. This helps leech the minerals from the bones.
- Cook for an hour on high and then turn it down to low
- After 4 hours, skim out any skin that has surfaced and add another small splash of the apple cider vinegar
- Cook on low for further 24 hours.
- Strain out and discard the bones
- When the broth is hot, add what you want to it. I toss in a few veggies, sometimes medicinal mushrooms, a herb blend etc
- Let it cool, then put in the fridge. When it has fully cooled in the fridge, a layer of very hard fat will be on the top. Crack it off and discard.
- You now have a bowl full of jelly! (If it is not jelly enough for you, just add a little extra vinegar next time).
- I store in a sealed container in the fridge. If I have more than a few day’s worth, I pour it into extra-large ice cube trays, it makes serving time easy.
- I add the bone broth to mealtimes in quantities of two or 3 heaped spoonfuls in one meal
- If your dog is poorly and not drinking, in small (or diluted) qualities it is a great nutritious way to rehydrate them