You all know how much I’ve raved about the health benefits of pastured bone broth. But the truth is, it’s difficult to keep up with making fresh bone broth at home all the time!
Even if I do have the time to make (and freeze) it, it’s sometimes inconvenient to have to worry about defrosting frozen bone broth ahead of time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started a recipe that calls for bone broth and then realized I don’t have any fresh bone broth defrosted and ready to go. Oops! Or sometimes I simply want to sip on a cup of broth to immediately soothe, perhaps, an upset tummy or a sore throat, but I’m out of luck if I haven’t defrosted some bone broth ahead of time.
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It would be nice to keep bone broth stocked in my pantry, but most store-bought, shelf-stable versions aren’t truly bone broth at all: they’ve been cooked quickly at high temperatures and don’t use organic ingredients and/or pastured bones (that is, if they use bones at all). Therefore, they lack the nutrients that make bone broth so healthy to begin with. So needless to say, I’ve been reluctant to rely on non-frozen, shelf-stable versions of bone broth.
Until now. Kettle & Fire kindly sent me cartons of both of their chicken and beef bone broth to try, and I have to say: I’m hooked.
Health Benefits of Pastured Bone Broth
First of all, let’s review the reasons why bone broth is touted as such a powerful (and popular) health food. Quality bone broth contains healing properties and is rich in collagen, proteins (like gelatin, proline, and glycine), minerals (like magnesium, potassium, and calcium), and a large supply of amino acids (like glycine and glutamine). What does all of this mean?
All of this gelatinous goodness translates to a ton of health benefits. Among its many benefits, pastured bone broth:
- reduces inflammation
- improves digestion, supports a healthy gut, and can help repair leaky gut
- supports connective tissue and joint health and reduces joint pain
- promotes healthy skin, hair, bones, and nails
- boosts the immune system
- supports a healthy nervous system
- is rich in minerals that are easily absorbed
- is especially beneficial to those with inflammatory and autoimmune conditions
Why Kettle & Fire Bone Broth?
Unfortunately, most store-bought brands don’t offer many of these health benefits because they are cooked at high temperatures for shorter amounts of time. They also often contain undesirable additives and preservatives, and many do not use organic ingredients or pasture-raised bones.
Unlike those watered down, gelatin-lacking commercial versions, Kettle & Fire offers nutrient-dense, slow-simmered bone broth — the kind you would make in your own home — except they make it and ship it directly to you! Kettle & Fire uses organic ingredients and pastured-raised quality bones. And thanks to a special packaging technology, Kettle & Fire’s bone broth is shelf-stable for up to 2 years (unopened) without any preservatives or additives (plus their packaging and shipping are environmentally-friendly!).
To summarize why I’m loving it, Kettle & Fire bone broth:
- is slow simmered for 24+ hours
- uses bones from organic chickens (for their chicken bone broth) and 100% grass-fed, pasture-raised cattle (for their beef bone broth)
- uses all organic vegetables
- is nutrient-dense and rich in gelatin
- is non-frozen and shelf stable (unopened) for up to 2 years (meaning I can store quality bone broth in my pantry…yay!)
- contains no additives, preservatives, or extra sodium
Kettle & Fire bone broth is smooth, tasty, and great for sipping, but I also enjoy using it in my favorite recipes. Here are three recipes in which I love to use Kettle & Fire bone broth (all of which are Paleo, AIP, and Whole30 friendly):
A Special Offer for You
Okay, now it’s your turn. I’d love for you to try this high quality bone broth, so I’ve teamed up with Kettle & Fire to offer you 20% off your first order! Just enter the coupon code SICKCHICK20 when checking out. Click here to check out their website and place your order at 20% off. (This offer expires on 12/31/17.)
I hope you’ll try it and let me know what you think!
While Kettle & Fire sent me samples of their bone broth to try and review, these opinions are 100% my own and reflect my truthful experience with the product. (Photos in this post: courtesy of Kettle & Fire.)