Wild Game Bone Broth
We all know how healthy the meat we harvest is, but how many of us know the benefits of the bones from the animals we harvest?
Bones themselves are rich in vitamins, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
Brewing bones and connective tissue into bone broth provides the body with natural compounds from the cartilage. Tissues and bones also contain collagen; cooking collagen turns it to gelatin which provides the body with amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins.
As hunters, we have access to the healthiest bones we can get from our harvest!
Although when in the backcountry it is necessary to debone an animal to pack it out, we often miss out on this treasure, however, if you have the option to save the bones and get them home, wild game bone broth is one of the most nutritious things you can make and give to your family.
Here is an easy recipe to make healthy, nutritious bone broth from your harvested animal!
I have made this broth from antelope, elk and deer! It’s a wonderful base to soup, great to cook rice in or just drink by itself when you feel a cold coming on!
Wild Game Bone Broth
What you need:
-Pint or quart sized canning jars with matching lids and rings
-Bones from your harvest
-Veggies for the stock (onions, carrots, celery, garlic, etc.. when I have veggies that are on their way out, or only half used I stick them in the freezer to use later when making broth)
-Spices (black pepper, thyme, rosemary, sage, etc.)
-Apple Cider Vinegar
-A large stock pot or crockpot
Place bones in large stockpot
Add veggies, spices and salt/pepper
Add 1-2 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar (this helps break the bones down and extract minerals from them!)
Cover with cold water, bring to simmer.
Allow stock to simmer for 12-24 hours (This is important as it takes time to soften connective tissue and to extract collagen from it. If you cook your broth for too short a period of time, your broth will lack protein and gelatin, if you cook it too long, you may develop an off flavor!)
Skim impurities from the surface
Strain broth, discard bones and veggie scraps and return stained broth to pot.
Bring to boil
Get pressure canner heating up as you prepare jars and equipment (according to your canners instructions)
Once stock has reached full boil, ladle into hot jars leaving 1” head space. Seal jars and place in pressure canner
Process pints 20 minutes at 10 pounds or quarts for 25 minutes at 10 pounds (**Check owner’s manual to find out if you need to make adjustments for altitude)
Once processing time is complete remove jars from canner and cool completely.
Enjoy one more part of the harvest you worked so hard for!
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