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Bone Broth 101 - The Ultimate Guide

written by

Kim Hitzfield

posted on

March 1, 2021

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When you wake up in the morning is the first thing you think of that cup of fresh hot coffee? 

Well, it might be time to switch out what’s in your mug from roasted beans to boiled bone broth. That’s right, bone broth is perfect for any time of day — energy-boosting, immune-supporting, and delicious, this ancient drink will get you going with no mid-day crash.

Get any preconceived notions about canned “soups” out of your head, because we are talking about bone broth here. Nutritious, and sworn by for centuries, this concoction would make your grandmother proud. 

In this article, we are going to cover everything you need to know about bone broth, from the benefits it gives your body, to how to cook up this life-changing dish in only four simple steps. 

Read on and get your pots out, because you’ll be running to the kitchen in just a few minutes.

So, Just What Is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is a nutritious liquid made from ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now. Animal bones, meat, vegetables, and herbs all simmer together to release powerful nutrients like collagen, gelatin, calcium, plus loads of minerals.

Bones are hiding so much of what they have to offer. But all you have to do to learn their secrets is pop them on the stove with some apple cider vinegar and water. It is an elemental process, heat, water, bones, and time all combine to create the stock of life.

Once you master bone broth you’ll realize there is no such thing as scraps anymore. Think twice before composting your organic scraps, as leftover bones from any animal can be extracted for brothy goodness.

Why Is Bone Broth A Game Changer?

85% of your immune system hangs out in your gut, so it’s the best place to support a healthy body and strong bacteria-fighting organs. Your digestive system and gut are craving healthy ingredients. “Happy Gut = Happy Life” Processed sugars and excess salt can hurt your gut and make you feel sluggish and weak. 

Bone broth is health concentrated; it's high in amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, which in turn create your cells. Eating healthy creates a change in the very smallest level of your body. Bone broth is especially high in two extremely important amino acids: proline and glycine.

  • Proline strengthens cell walls, a fundamental way to heal the gut from digestive disorders. Proline has even been known to assist skin in need, from adding a healthy glow to limiting unwanted acne breakouts.
  • Glycine is used to treat metabolic disorders and strengthen your kidneys. It is also a natural detoxifier that calms your central nervous system and lets your body have an easier time digesting fats.

Your body can’t produce enough of these essential amino acids on its own, you need to eat right to keep your levels up. Instead of adding another daily supplement, bone broth is a fun and easy way to get proline and glycine to do their thing in your gut.

What Nutrients Can I Find In Bone Broth?

Bone broth is the drink that does not stop giving. Here are some more important nutrients your body will thank you for after the first sip:

  • Electrolytes: Sodium, potassium, and magnesium (the core of electrolytes) all exist in bone broth. Electrolytes can help you recover from sickness or after a tough workout. Start thinking “hot thermos” before “sports drink” next time you get back from a run.
  • Collagen: Built from the amino acids you get in a cup of bone broth, collagen keeps your bones dense and durable. It also hydrates your skin and lowers blood pressure.
  • Gelatin: This protein is essential for building and maintaining body tissues. Gelatin also is known to provide energy and keep all your organs functioning properly. 
  • Calcium: All living organisms need calcium to survive, in fact, it's the most abundant mineral in your body. Proper bone growth depends on calcium. Calcium also plays a key role in your cardiovascular system, keeping your heart muscle strong and pumping.

Some people take each of these nutrients in supplemental form as pills and tablets. But you can save time and squish all those steps into one by just condensing those nutrients right out of your leftover bones.

Even MORE Health Benefits From Bone Broth!

You are getting so many nutrients out of these ingredients, you should know some of their considerable health benefits. You might be surprised what bone broth can do for your body.

  • Improved Immune System: Your ability to naturally fight disease is enhanced through bone broth. The nutrients keep your body strong and prevent harmful pathogens from reaching your gut.
  • Healthier Gut Health: The natural gelatin in bone broth assists your body’s ability to absorb and transport food and water. Healthy intestines lead to a healthy body and lessen symptoms of IBS and Crohn's Disease.
  • Better Brain Function: The fatty acids in bone broth have been shown to increase mental acuity. Supporting a better memory, quicker mind, and less stress are some ways your brain is given a boost.
  • Helps Joint Health: Collagen, gelatin, proline, and glycine — all components we’ve learned about so far, work together to support your joints. These proteins build connective tissue and cartilage — which can lessen the effects of osteoarthritis and general joint pain.
  • Aids In Reducing Inflammation: Arginine, another amino acid found in bone broth, has been shown to reduce chronic inflammation. Inflammation is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.
  • May Help Weight Loss: Low in calories, but high in protein — this drink can make you feel full without overeating. The water content helps you feel fuller and manages appetite control.
  • Sleeping Aid: Glycine (that super amino acid) also promotes healthy sleep. People who consume just 3 grams of glycine have been found to fall asleep faster and maintain a deep sleep all night.
  • Source of Vitamins and Minerals: This list of vitamins and minerals that come out of bone broth seems never-ending. Vitamin A, vitamin K2, zinc, iron, boron, manganese, selenium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus omega-3, omega-6. It’s like a whole health food store filling up your bowl.

Where Can I Find Bone Broth?

Seven Sons Online & Farm Store 

You guessed it, we absolutely stock something we wholly believe and consume ourselves on a regular basis.

Buy individual packs or stock up and save with your Seven Sons Chicken Bone Broth here.

Standard Grocery Store 

There are dozens of brands claiming to sell the best bone broth. It is easy to get lost in row after row of different broths. There are a few great choices, but without your own research, you can’t be sure what you’re picking.

Buying from the grocery also limits you to what’s been prepackaged. For example, if you are monitoring your salt intake, you're stuck with however much sodium is already in the box. Store-bought broth leaves little room for improvisation, and generally are much less flavorful.

Restaurants

More and more restaurants are adding fresh bone broth to their menu. There are even a few small hole-in-the-walls, to-go-only locations where bone broth is served in a to-go cup. 

While you might find some delicious options this way — you’re going to be overcharged for a just tiny amount that’s gone before you know it. No one wants to spend $10 on a single bowl of soup.

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Make it Yourself with Seven Sons Bone Broth Kits

If you are after delicious, homemade bone broth — your best choice is to go with a farm that knows what it’s talking about. Seven Sons offers our very own Chicken Bone Broth and broth-making kits that come with actual bones from our high standard processing, so you can have full control over your meal.

The benefits of using quality ingredients from a farm and making it yourself are inspiring to say the least.

  • You Get a Better Tasting Product: Seven Sons raises humanely nurtured, pasture-fed animals. A healthy animal is a healthy, flavorful dinner. We are so transparent about our farm’s dedication to conscious farming we even offers tours. So, come see the Seven Sons guarantee next time you’re in Indiana, or even go behind the scenes and visit us virtually.
  • All Nutrients & Vitamins are Intact: When you make your broth at home everything stays right in the pot. You don’t lose any nutrients in packaging or transport or weeks spent sitting on a shelf. Plus you know exactly what you’re putting into your body because you oversaw every single step.
  • It’s Healthier Than The Grocery Store Option: Most 1-quart bone broth you find in grocery stores is watered down or heavily salted. These bland options aren’t only lacking flavor but miss out on key health benefits. There are some things you can’t replicate outside your kitchen.
  • The Easiest DIY Option on the Market: In only 4 easy steps you can have your house smelling like warm life-giving broth. With no complicated procedures or timing, this is a recipe for everyone. Keep reading to find out how you can make our bone broths.
  • You Control How You Cook: Don’t want to add too much salt? Well, you’re in control with our broth kits. Cater the flavor to however you like it. Growing some of your own vegetables? Toss them in the pot for more fun. 
  • More Access to Various Bone Options: We have chicken, beef, and lamb options, so you can try all the different flavors and benefits. We also offer hearty hunks of meat to give some depth to your broth and create a stew to be proud of. 
  • Affordable and Long-Lasting: Leftovers! You are going to get several quarts of finished product out of these kits. It will last months frozen and be a healthy meal or snack ready in minutes. Are you cooking for a large family? We even have a kit with 35 pounds of chicken and 8 veggie spice packets — that’s 40 quarts of broth.
  • Create Teachable Moments with Your Family: Teach about sustainability by showing your family that nothing needs to go to waste when cooking right. You can also highlight the benefits of organic meats and vegetables and the amazing health qualities you get out of them.

How To Make Bone Broth

Ok. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for — How do you make bone broth? 

Today we are going to show you how to make use of our Chicken Bone Broth Maker Kit that make use of Chef Beth Kandell's awesome veggie spice kit. 

We’ve partnered with Beth to provide everything you need in a broth kit. Her veggie spice kit contains everything you need for the perfect bone broth, from classics like garlic and onion to unexpected spices or vegetables like turmeric or shiitake mushrooms. Trust us, it’s amazing, and we can’t get enough at the farm!

We've packaged these veggie kits with ethical raised right pasture-raised chicken, so you can have the best backbones in the broth business. This match was meant to be, and you’ll see why.

Let’s go through each easy step and set you on the path to making your own broth at home.

1. Quick oven roast of the chicken backs.

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Lay the bones flat on a roasting pan. Cook in a 375-degree oven for about 25-30 minutes. Use about 4 pounds of chicken for about a 4-5-quart yield. You can use necks and feet too for the same results.

2. Add seasoning packet, apple cider vinegar, water, and roasted chicken to a pot.

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Add 6-8 Quart pot of COLD water, as cold extracts the minerals from the bones better. Or, if you have a different size pot, just make sure all bones are submerged (1-2 inches).

Then, add three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. The vinegar is needed to penetrate the bones and release their mineral content. Add the roasted chicken to the pot as well as all the drippings from the pan. Add the entire seasoning kit and stir.

*As an option you can add egg shells for additional calcium.

3. Bring to a boil and then let it simmer for 24 hours, so nutrients can be leached from bones and flavor can develop.

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Don’t be tempted to take your stock off the pot early. A low and slow method is best to extract all the vitamins and essential proteins from the marrow. If you are using an instant-pot, 6 hours on the highest pressure setting will yield the same results.

4. Strain and enjoy!

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NOTE: First, be sure to skim off foam or scum/any impurities that comes to the surface during the simmering process, then strain and enjoy.

Or, store in the fridge or freezer for later use. Remove all leftover chicken, bones, and vegetables, and you’re left with pure bone broth. Make sure to keep some for later, so you aren’t tempted to drink it all at once.

Note: You CAN reuse bones! Make two batches with one set of bones.

Uses of Bone Broth

Now that you’ve spent all day perfecting your bone broth you’re probably ready to dive into all the meal opportunities it opens up. The options are almost limitless, the many uses for bone broth only stop when your imagination does. 

But let’s get you started with a few great ways we love to use bone broth.

  • Your Morning Pick-Me-Up: Instead of a cup of coffee, try some bone broth for stable energy all day, without that midday crash. And if you crave a second cup, you can go for it guilt-free.
  • Sauces: Add just a touch of whole wheat flour and some grassfed butter and reduce — now you’ve got bone broth gravy. Perfect topping for a fast midweek meal. If your kids squirm at the sight of vegetables, this sauce will have them begging for seconds.
  • Soups: The original! What’s better than a cup of your homemade bone broth with anything you want inside. Throw in some leftovers, and you have a great meal! Don’t discount a cup on its own, too. After all your work you should enjoy a pure, unadulterated cup of bone broth.
  • Ramen: Cook your ramen noodles right in your bone broth. Add a hard-boiled egg, some pork shoulder, a dash of seaweed, and some bamboo shoots, and you’ll think twice about going out for Asian food next time.
  • Cooking Vegetables: Put your favorite chopped vegetables on the stove, add bone broth, and cover. Let the broth do its magic and its flavor and health benefits will absorb into the vegetables. Take them out just as they’re getting crispy and those veggies are going to be graduated from side dish to the main course.
  • Poaching: A poached egg in bone broth is a delicacy you can have in just minutes. Get your broth boiling and swirling around, add an egg until just cooked, top with green onions and pepper and this dish has been elevated to a whole new level. Don’t toss out that broth after you poach though — you’ll want it next.
  • Marinating: Next time you order some fresh meat from Seven Sons, soak those chops or breasts in a bag with bone broth overnight. When you finish off those marinated cuts on a hot pan you’ll find flavor beyond belief.
  • Rice: Yep that’s right, soak and cook your rice with bone broth. This is the best way to literally eat your bone broth. Great on its own or as a base.

The only thing more fun than making bone broth itself is all the ways you can eat and drink it. Hopefully, that got your creative juices flowing, and you’re already planning delicious never before seen broth dishes. When you start with such a great base you can’t go wrong.

Now That You’re An Expert...

Congratulations! You’ve made it through this guide, and now you’re officially your household’s bone broth authority. Time to order up some broth kits and get your stove simmering. Your body and family will thank you for a delectable and healthy broth.

Seven Sons Farm is here to help you, we ship across the United States (sorry, not Hawaii or Alaska) to get you fresh ingredients as fast as we can. If you have any questions at all about the farm or our partners, please reach out.

Become a free member today and order your bone broth kits now.

Bone Broth FAQ

Does bone broth really work?

It does! This superfood has been simmering on stoves for centuries in many fashions around the world. It is sworn by chefs and home cooks alike because it works.

Is it ok to drink bone broth?

Yes. It's loaded with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients essential for healthy living. The only side effects are a strong immune system and wonderful flavor.

When should I drink bone broth?

Are you awake? Then it’s time to make yourself a bowl. As a perfect way to start your day, or as a calming lunch, or as a great addition to dinner, there is never a bad time to drink bone broth.

Is it ok to drink bone broth every day?

Yes! Drink one cup every day to experience maximum health benefits. Switch out that daily cup of coffee with a daily cup of bone broth.

What type of bone broth is the healthiest?

It depends on what you are looking for. Chicken tends to have more electrolytes and can improve skin conditions. Beef has more collagen and supports intense gut health.

How long will it last?

Homemade bone broth will last in the fridge for about 4 days. In the freezer, it will keep up to a year.

Should I skim the fat?

Only if you feel like it. It won’t harm you and some people even enjoy the consistency. If you want to remove the fat, let the broth sit in the fridge until the fat congeals and scrape it off with a spoon.

Does store-bought bone broth have health benefits?

Not even close to what you can make on your own. Often so-called “broths” are really “stock” which means they are missing out on gelatin and essential amino acids. Store-bought brands also tend to add artificial flavoring too. Stick to what you know, and cook it at home.

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Chicken Liver A less common cut of chicken is the liver, an organ meat. This cost-effective part of the chicken has a tender, smooth texture and a rich, meaty taste. It’s low in calories and nutrient-dense, with high levels of iron, vitamin A, and vitamin B12. Because of its rich flavor, chicken liver is a wonderful centerpiece in warming stews and casseroles. Saute it with caramelized onions, bacon, and tender mushrooms, served alongside creamy mashed potatoes.  Meat type: Brown  Common uses: Casseroles, pate, stews  How to cook: Fried, oven bake, saute 8. Chicken Heart The heart is another part of the chicken that’s often overlooked, rich in iron and zinc. Chicken hearts are dark in color, with a rich flavor similar to chicken thighs.  Like chicken liver, juicy and tender chicken hearts work wonderfully in stews and casseroles or simply stir-fried with your favorite vegetables. Because this cut is so delicate, it’s quick to cook. You can have dinner on the table in just 15 minutes from start to finish! Meat type: Brown  Common uses: Casseroles, stews, stir-fries How to cook: Grill, oven bake, saute  9. Chicken Neck For a healthy, nutritious lunch or dinner rich in collagen, glucosamine, and calcium, try chicken necks. This dark cut of meat comes on the bone and has a rich, gamey flavor. Like chicken thighs, chicken necks are wonderfully versatile. You can slow-cook them to perfection, saute them with your favorite veggies, or marinate them and grill. Just be careful about overcooking! Since they’re small, chicken necks need much less cooking time than drumsticks and breasts.  Meat type: Brown  Common uses: Casseroles, stews, soups, stir-fries How to cook: Slow cook, oven bake, saute, grill  10. Chicken Back The chicken's back is the spine of the chicken. While you can’t eat chicken backs by themselves, these bones are the perfect base for flavorful, healthy chicken broths and soups due to their high collagen, protein, vitamin, and mineral content.  Try cooking them in a large pot with your favorite vegetables and spices, then slow cooking for a day to infuse your liquid with all the taste and nutrients. Meat type: N/A  Common uses: Casseroles, soups, broth How to cook: Simmer in water  11. Chicken Feet A popular ingredient in Asian cuisine, chicken feet have a delicate, mild taste, making them the perfect base ingredient for a variety of flavorful recipes. A great recipe to try is Dim Sum, which involves deep-frying the chicken feet before coating them in a glossy, decadent garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. What I find as the best use for chicken feet in our house is to add more richness and consistency to our homemade chicken broth. Chicken feet are high in gelatin, which helps add thickness to your broths. Meat type: Dark Common uses: Casseroles, stir-fries, appetizers, broth How to cook: Saute, boil, braise, deep fry, simmer  Order Your Ethical Pasture-Raised Chicken Today!  Now that you know about these 11 cuts of chicken, you can elevate your meals! We hope this guide has inspired you to experiment with different parts of chicken. Ready to cook? Order your ethical pasture-raised chicken now.

3 Easy Recipes to Make with Chicken Broth

From nourishing, hearty soups to show-stopping main dishes, chicken broth is an integral ingredient that deserves a place among your kitchen cupboard essentials. It certainly is for this farmer’s wife. Chicken broth is a nutrient-rich liquid made by simmering chicken bones, connective tissue, vegetables, and herbs in water for around 24 hours. This creates a rich, flavourful mixture packed with collagen, vitamins, and antioxidants.  Chicken broth is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and a great way to minimize waste and be more environmentally conscious in the kitchen.  From our regenerative grazing practices to offering a variety of cuts from our ethical pasture-raised chicken to our customers, we believe in sustainable farming that supports animals, the environment, and your well-being. So, whether you make your own chicken broth using leftover chicken frames or buy Seven Son’s chicken broth, here’s a look at how to use this flavorful, nutritious ingredient in your own cooking. Chicken Broth vs. Chicken Stock: What's the Difference? Before we discuss the recipes, let’s clarify a common source of confusion: the difference between chicken broth and chicken stock.  While you can make both liquids by simmering chicken bones, leftovers, vegetables, and herbs, bone broth is superior in nutritional value and flavor.  That’s because chicken bone broth cooks for around 24 hours, while chicken stock cooks for only one or two. The longer simmering time deeply infuses the broth with the chicken bones’ exceptional nutritional properties. Collagen, electrolytes, minerals, and vitamins–give it a rich, savory flavor.  In addition, the quality and quantity of the ingredients that go into making bone broth are unmatched. To make it, you need to use specific parts of the chicken carcass that contain connective tissue, allowing them to slowly cook to release their nutritional value.  With chicken broth, on the other hand, you’ll use any leftover chicken parts and bones, letting them simmer for a couple of hours to make a tasty liquid–but with a lower amount of protein and nutrients. While both ingredients can add a meaty flavor to your cooking, chicken bone broth undoubtedly has a richer taste and more health benefits.  The Shelf Life of Chicken Broth: Maximizing Freshness If you’re ready to use chicken broth in your recipes, you’ll be pleased to know that once opened, this ingredient has a shelf life of three to four days. This means you can use it in countless recipes over the week.  Plus, if you have leftover broth, you can always freeze it in batches in Ziploc bags or ice cube trays. Once frozen, we recommend using the broth within three to four months.  Why Choose Broth Over Water in Cooking? The beauty of bone broth is its versatility. If a savory recipe requires water, swap the same amount of bone broth for a richer, umami-laced flavor that will elevate your dishes.  The fact that bone broth is highly nourishing helps. It’s packed with healthy nutrients like proline, glycine, collagen, calcium, and more. Bone broth has a range of health benefits, including:  Immune system boost: Research shows that the amino acids in chicken broth reduce inflammation and boost immune system function, helping to combat common ailments like asthma, heart disease, and arthritis. Heals the gut: Bone broth is easy for our bodies to digest and soothe the gut. It can even positively change the gut microbiome and ease the symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  Mood-busting: Bone broth is rich in calcium and glycine, both of which are crucial to healthy brain function, mood regulation, and high-quality sleep. Not to mention the aroma and soothing warmth that is so comforting on cold winter days. Healthy weight support: Packed full of protein and low in calories, bone broth helps to regulate the appetite by reducing hunger hormones like ghrelin and increasing satiety hormones.  Recipe Inspirations: Making the Most of Chicken Broth By now, you’re probably ready to put the wonders of bone broth to good use in your kitchen.  Here are some of our go-to recipes for what you can make with chicken broth. Soups and Stews: Heartwarming Classics A sure-to-please dish is chicken and vegetable stew. It’s rich in nutrients, great for a cozy night in, and simple to make! All you need to do is gather the ingredients: 1.5 Pounds chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 1 Large onion, diced 2 Cloves garlic, minced 2 Large carrots, sliced 3 Celery stalks, sliced 6 Cups chicken broth 1 Bay leaf 1 tsp dried thyme Salt and pepper to taste Fresh parsley for garnish (optional) And how to make this recipe: Cut the chicken into one-inch cubes, dice the onion, carrots, and celery, and mince the garlic. Heat the olive oil in a large pot, then saute the chicken and vegetables over medium heat. Add the chicken and stir until it starts to brown (roughly 5 minutes). Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside. Using the same pot, add in the onions and saute until softened. Add in the garlic and saute for a minute or two, then toss in your vegetables, making sure to stir so they don’t burn. Now it’s time for the chicken broth and spices! Add in the broth, the bay leaf, dried thyme (and any other favorite seasonings you have), and mix it. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat. Grab the chicken you put aside, put it back in the pot, and simmer on low for about half an hour, making sure the chicken is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper, add any garnish of your choice, and serve! Rice and Grains: A Flavorful Foundation Chicken broth infuses rice and other grains with a mouth-watering, savory depth. A great dish is a Mexican chicken quinoa skillet, loaded with veggies and ready in just 25 minutes.  To make this recipe, you’ll need: 1 Pound chicken breast, cut into cubes 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 1 Small onion, diced 1 Bell pepper, diced 2 Cloves garlic, minced 1 Cup quinoa 2 Cups chicken broth 1 Can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 Can diced tomatoes (15 oz) 1 Cup corn, frozen or canned 1 tsp chili powder (or more if you like some kick!) ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp paprika Salt and pepper to taste Fresh cilantro And the steps to making this recipe:  Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, dice the onion and bell pepper, mince the garlic, and rinse the quinoa. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until lightly browned, about 6-8 minutes. Remove it from the pan and set aside. Using the same skillet, saute the onion until soft, then add the garlic and bell pepper, sauteing for about 3 minutes. Now, add the chicken broth, quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, corn, and spices. Mix well and slowly bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the quinoa is light and fluffy and the broth has been absorbed - about 25 minutes. Add the chicken to the skillet to warm, mixing all the ingredients. Check that the chicken is cooked through, adding salt and pepper to taste. Garnish and serve! Sauces and Gravies: Elevating Everyday Meals Chicken bone broth elevates many of the best comfort recipes. For example, try this quick and easy chicken broth gravy to turn mashed potatoes into a crowd-pleasing side or ensure there’s no biscuit left after dinner. To make this recipe, all you need is: 2 Cups chicken broth 2 TBSP butter 2 TBSP all-purpose flour ½ tsp garlic powder (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Fresh herbs for garnish For this quick and easy gravy, all you need to do is: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until it forms a roux. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the roux turns golden. Pour in the chicken broth slowly while whisking. Make sure there are no lumps. Continue whisking while bringing the mix to a slow boil. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring every minute or so. Once it reaches your desired thickness, add the salt, pepper, or garlic powder to taste.  Serve hot on your dish of choice. Tip: If the gravy gets too thick while cooking, add more chicken broth to thin it. The Healing Elixir: Sipping on Chicken Broth While bone broth enhances the flavor and health benefits of many meals, you don’t always have to cook with it! One of our favorite ways to consume chicken broth is to warm it up on the stove and drink it–especially if we feel under the weather.  The number of powerful antioxidants in chicken broth, along with its herby, savory flavor, also makes this drink a great post-lunch pick-me-up or pre-dinner snack. However, not all chicken bone broth is created equal. If you’re going to drink it regularly, make sure you either make your own or buy from a company that doesn’t use artificial ingredients or lots of added sodium, which can undermine its health benefits. At Seven Sons, we’re proud to say that our ethical, pasture-raised chicken breeds are 100% free from growth promotants, antibiotics, and GMOs–with no artificial ingredients or MSG. Ready to taste the difference? Order Seven Sons’ chicken broth or make your own using our bone broth kit today! As always, we love to see your recipe creations–so let us know what you’ve made in the comments.