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Collagen-rich beauty bone broth
- 2kg pasture-fed (grass-fed) beef or large lamb bones
- Generous grind of freshly ground black pepper
- 2 small onions, including skins, quartered
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ fennel bulb, roughly chopped
- Filtered water to cover (around 5 litres)
- A tray of ice cubes (to cool the broth)
- Dash of Worcestershire sauce to flavour
If you’re looking to improve your skin’s texture and elasticity, one of the simplest – and most economical ways – is by eating a wholesome bone broth, rich in collagen. You can read more about the beauty benefits of collagen here.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the bones. Boil hard for 20 minutes before removing the bones from the water – this is important to boil off any impurities, then discard the water.
- Place the bones in a roasting tin and blast in the oven for an hour or so until darkened. Remove from the pan and place the bones back into the large saucepan. Retain the beef fat or dripping in the roasting tin and use in cooking or feed to the birds.
- Cover the roasted bones with fresh water, add the onions, garlic, cider vinegar and pepper and bring to the boil. Simmer for around 9 hours (the longer the better). Add more water as required.
- When the broth is ready, remove the bones (these can be used to make broth again, literally until they disintegrate) and strain the liquid into a wide shallow container, cooling quickly by adding a tray of ice cubes. It’s important to cool it down rapidly to prevent bacterial spoilage. As soon as the liquid is cool enough not to raise the interior temperature of the fridge, keep refrigerated. Your broth should be gelatinous in consistency, with a layer of beef bone fat on the surface, which can either be removed once set or stirred back into the warmed broth for extra nourishment.
- Heat up as required and enjoy or freeze in easy to re-heat portions. This broth is delicious served with a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
- This bone broth is rich in skin-plumping collagen, which may help to reduce wrinkles and improve elasticity
- As well as excellent for skin health, collagen is also thought to help aid digestion and improve joint mobility