Getting your homemade bone broth, or stock as it is commonly known, to gel is extremely important as it is a clear indicator that you have produced a quality product that will impart all the many health benefits bone broth is known for including pain-free joints, smooth digestion, and beautiful, firm skin.
Should stock jiggle a little or a lot? Is gelled stock a thick liquid or more solidified?
Many of you will be making bone broth with leftover turkey, duck, or maybe even goose in the coming days as you celebrate the holidays.
At our home, we will be roasting 2 ducks for Christmas dinner and I am more than a little excited about the incredibly flavorful gallon or so of duck stock I’m going to get from these two birds.
I talk quite a bit about the importance of homemade stock in the diet and how crucial it is to make stock yourself on a frequent basis and have some ready in your freezer at all times for quick meals as well as any illnesses that might strike your household.
Chances are, you’ve probably used up most of the turkey meat from Thanksgiving by now and you are about ready to throw out those turkey bones.
Before you throw out those bones, did you realize that you can get about 2 gallons of delicious, nutrient rich, mineral loaded turkey stock by simmering them for a few hours with a bit of vinegar and a few chopped veggies in a big pot of filtered water?
Last month, I wrote about a healthy living documentary for our local PBS station that I was privileged to be a part of. I attended the screening party recently at the University of South Florida and was frankly a bit disappointed as the documentary seemed to focus almost exclusively on exercise as the optimal way of being healthy with eating well a distant second on the list of priorities.
The few times healthy eating was actually discussed, it was referred to in a vague and general way. Specific recommendations for what to actually eat and how to prepare the food for optimal nutrition were not included.
We roasted two ducks for Christmas dinner this year. As luck would have it, I was able to source them for the fantastic price. For such a gourmet dinner choice, they turned out less expensive than the local chickens I buy!
Duck is a much fattier bird than turkey or chicken. One great benefit of roasting a fatty bird like duck or goose is that you can cook it at a higher temperature, so the meal is ready faster, yet there is little risk of dried out meat.
We baste our duck while it is cooking in honey water. This glazes the meat beautifully and results in the most out of this world crispy duck skin you’ve ever tasted.
There is much less meat to be had on a duck versus a turkey, but you get a ton of duck fat in return. I save this wonderfully healthy, nutritious, tasty fat in a glass container in the fridge and use it for weeks later to season roast vegetables. My children never turn down vegetables roasted in duck fat. They are simply too delicious to resist (even more tasty than veggies cooked in butter if that is possible)!