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Stock of Life! Recipe

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R. Colette Hailey
Added: Friday, September 26, 2008


1 Large Stockpot or Dutch Oven
1 large bag of chicken bones from your local meat market
(organic is necessary, non hormone nor antibiotic induced
bones!) I prefer thigh and leg bone combo.
All ORGANIC ingredients are necessary for full benefit!
3-4 un-peeled carrots, cut into 2" pieces
1 large sweet onion, cut into quarters
4-5 stalks organic celery, cut into pieces
1/2 knob of fresh ginger, peeled
20 or so fresh whole peppercorns
1 lemon, with rind cut into quarters
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 stalk rosemary (fresh)
3/4 Cup organic apple cider vinegar
7-10 cloves fresh peeled garlic
1 T ghee or cultured butter (optional but adds so much depth!)
1 T clover honey or, 1" piece of honey comb
5 stalks Kombu or sea vegetable (Whole Foods on the sea
vegetable aisle)
2 T kosher or good mineral sea salt
1/2 T cayenne pepper (blood purifier)

Fill Large stockpot 3/4 way full with filtered water. Add kombu
or other sea vegetable of choice and chicken bones, bring to
boil with the salt. Lower heat to medium low.

Add remaining ingredients all together. Partially cover and let
simmer (do not hard boil) on medium low heat for 6-8 hours,
the longer the better. When bones break completely apart,
you've gotten all the good stuff out!

Take off the heat and let cool.

Strain off all solids and mash through colinder/strainer.

Put stock in glass container (s) and put in fridge for 8 hours.

Take spoon and skim off fat from top of container. The
remnants will be jelly like. That's the stuff you want. Enjoy
stock as a tea and as much as possible. This is a whole food
source of calcium.

Please do not microwave anything. It turns your food 1
degree from plastic and leaches all the goodness out of your

Reheat in pan that has non stick properties or get one of
those little coffee heaters and keep on your desk at work. It's
a great energy boost as well as will help you to curb your
appetite so you will eat less and loose weight!

You can do this with any kind of marrow bone, use same
ingredients and toss in some of your favorites, as long as
they are Organic.

You may also try it in the crock pot.




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