In the kitchen, a bubbling pot of savory soup stock quietly simmers on the back of the old wood cook stove, rich with a delicious essence and overflowing with a fountain of nourishment and health. Composed of simple ingredients, this shimmering pot of goodness, valued by fine chefs and amateur cooks alike, offers a depth of flavor to soups, stews and sauces, and serves as a testament to the love and devotion of a thrifty mother and homemaker.
To make a delicious and nourishing soup stock, a farm fresh chicken is placed in a pot of water, along with some savory herbs and vegetables and set over a low fire, to simmer and bubble along. Onions, celery and garlic are added to enhance the flavor and to add a depth of richness and complexity to the finished stock, making it especially delicious and savory. After several hours, when every ounce of goodness has been distilled from the wholesome ingredients, the stock is carefully strained and poured into mason jars and allowed to cool. These little pots of gold, affectionately referred to by the French as “fond” (meaning foundation) are one of the best kept secrets of every good cook and those who pride themselves in cooking the good old fashioned way.
Soup stocks are extremely nourishing and assist the body in “healing and sealing” the lining of the gut for those who suffer with gut dysbiosis or leaky gut syndrome..
Stocks inhibit infections caused by cold and flu viruses and significantly mitigates infections.
Gelatin in homemade bone broths and soup stocks serves to protect and heal the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and aids in the digestion of nutrients.
Soup stocks are very high in the amino acids praline and glycine, which are vital for healthy connective tissue such as ligaments and joints. It repairs damaged joints, by reducing pain and inflammation, as bone broths stimulate the growth of new collagen. It also contains chondroitan sulfates which also serve to heal joints.
Glycine is required for digestive health and proper functioning of the nervous system. It is also vital for wound healing, detoxification as well as blood sugar balance.
Glycine also helps repair muscles and regulates Human Growth Hormone. It also has a calming effect on the brain and promotes mental alertness, improves memory, boosts mood and reduces stress.
Praline is an amino acid that reverses atherosclerotic deposits and enables blood vessel walls to release unhealthy cholesterol buildup into the blood stream, which decreases the size of potential blockages in the heart and surround blood vessels.
Promotes healthy hair, skin and nails, as well as healthy bones because of the gelatin contained in broth.
Contains amino acids such as glycine, praline and arginine, which have anti-inflammatory effects upon the body, which is vital for those suffering with auto-immune disorders and neurological dysfunction.
Contains minerals that can be readily absorbed such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silica, sulfur and other trace minerals.
Contains the amino acid cysteine, which thins mucus in the lungs to be easily expelled.
When a small amount of vinegar such as Bragg’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, which is raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized, is added to the stock, all of the valuable minerals from the bones are leeched into the stock in a very readily absorbable form.