Broth is gelatinous. It's thick. Viscous. It's nourishing.
Broth shouldn't feel like watered down soup. Unfortunately though, that's what you get with most store-bought broths. No matter what it reads on the label, they're just not incentivized to concentrate it.
Think about it. With shrinkflation rampant, just about every food & beverage company is struggling to maintain their already slim margins. From selling smaller items, to filling their bags with more nitrogen for chips, they are finding all sorts of ways to reduce the quantity of what they're selling without reducing price. Heck, sometimes they do both. And do you think broth companies are any different?
In fact, it's so much easier for them. Simply diluting their product by 10, even 15% could easily bring in millions in revenue. Obviously they'd do it. And they are.
And we haven't even talked about the nasty ingredient many of these companies are adding to their broths — plastic. Most of these broth companies are pouring hot broth right in these plastic-lined Tetrapacks. Yikes. Avoid buying broths in these tetrapacks, as well as those soft plastic ones. If you insist on buying store bought broths, buy the powdered ones in a can. This way you can always increase the concentration whenever you see fit, just know that it is still an inferior product to broth made at home. Always make sure to check the ingredients to see that there aren't any unwanted ingredients like gums & random fillers.
But, if you can, please try to find some time at least once every month to make some broth at home. It might seem daunting if you've never done it before, but the concept is pretty simple. A broth is simply an extraction of nutrients over a long period of time. That's all it is.
Making broths was how we used to live self sufficient lives back when there wasn't endless landfills. Parsley stems. Onion skins. They'd all be kept and thrown into the broth made at the end of the week to extract nutrients. Nose to tail. Nothing goes to waste.
Bone broth is also full of essential nutrients like glucosamine, collagen & gelatin. It soothes the gut, and is crucial in strengthening your joints. It's a superfood for sure, and so many people would actually feel a tangible improvement in their health outcomes simply from consuming high quality bone broth. I like doing it first thing in the morning — it's great to have after any sort of fast.
"Quality bone broth on an empty stomach is a gamechanger"
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