It is not so much that beef bone broth is DIFFICULT to make, it is just that good quality beef BONES are not as easy for me to find. So, alas, I normally have tons of chicken bone broth in my freezer, but no beef.
I really miss using beef broth in my cooking. When making a pot roast or beef stew, filtered water and seasonings along with the meat drippings will only take you so far in flavor development. Unfortunately when I get my hands on a good grass-fed beef roast, there isn’t a bone to use to make bone broth with. We do not have a local butcher here that I can go to for bones either.
I was super excited when Kettle and Fire offered to send us some samples of their Beef Bone Broth. My carton sat on my counter for a whole evening before I used it the very next day. I browned up some stew meat and when it came time to grab up all the lose bits from my pan I used the Kettle and Fire Beef Bone Broth instead of water from my Berkey. Then I threw in my veggies and let it cook away. When it came time to make the liquid into a gravy it was pure deliciousness. The Beef Bone Broth made such a difference.
This bone broth is mild, meaning not a lot of spices, but it has a strong beefy flavor. It’s hard to explain, but you know you are drinking a good quality bone broth when it is a little thick and silky and not watery. Well, this bone broth was like that. It tasted like something I would have made myself instead of a typical store-bough beef broth full of junk just to flavor it.
Since it is difficult to find ANY store-bought bone broth without the “extras” that AIP people cannot have, I can tell you I am very excited that Kettle and Fire’s ingredients are AIP compliant (with the exception of black pepper, which is normally the first successful reintroduction.) This is the ONLY store-bought bone broth I have had that tasted so flavorful and didn’t sneak ingredients in.
From their website:
Kettle and Fire Bone Broth is made with marrow bones from 100% grass-fed, organically raised and pasture-grazed cattle, then slow simmered for a solid 24 hours with organic vegetables, sea salt and herbs.
Ingredients: Marrow bones from pasture-raised, 100% grass-fed cows, organic carrots, organic onions, organic celery, organic bay leaves, organic parsley, apple cider vinegar, a pinch of black peppercorn, sea salt, and thyme. (If you are very strict AIP and have not reintroduced black pepper yet, you would want to hold off trying this until you do.)
I never dreamed I would ever spend $11.99 on a carton of broth, but us AIP’ers are not so intimidated by sticker shock as we used to be. Good quality foods that heal our guts are expensive, we all know that! But is this price worth it? I think so. I do not have access to grass fed marrow bones or ANY grass-fed beef bones at that. The local stores that sell grass-fed beef all get it shipped in and do not process it to actually have bones for me to even request.
Adding $12 bucks to your meal price for your family every now and then is not so bad. Plus, if you sign up for a monthly subscription of a recurring amount of cartons, the price drops by 25% to $8.97 per 16.9OZ carton. If you order 6 or more cartons in your order, you get free shipping too!
Amazon actually sells it too (Prime) but it is a bit more expensive.