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Beef Broth Gelatin

Bone broth

Home made Beef Broth Gelatin –

I have not set out to make home made beef broth – gelatin for probably over 20 years.  I have made and saved some for use when I have cooked a roast or something like that.  Anyway….I bought some Powdered Gelatin and in doing my research I was reminded of making home made.  So I have a pot going on the stove right now!!

Let me say the reason I have not made it in years as I have always fed my dogs Raw with the BARF principals so my dogs got all the beef bones.  Now I am down to one dog and she developed pancreatitis last year and my Natural vet told me she could no longer handle over 10% fat or the raw meals.

I am buying a half of Dexter Beef in the next couple of months so I am diligently working on eating out of my freezer.  And what did I remember was in there yesterday????  A bag of Dexter grass fed beef bones given to me by a client.

So, what is the process to making your healthy homemade beef gelatin?

Bone to roast

Bone to roast

Take your variety of beef bones and place them in a roasting pan and put them in the oven at 350 degrees until they are nicely browned.  This timing will depend on how full you fill your oven.  I only had a small bag of bones so it fit in one pan. I let them roast three hours.  (When I get my new beef I will do a large batch at once since the oven will be on anyway.)

Bones roasted

Bones roasted

Once you have roasted your bones, transfer them to a stock pot or any large pot.  Cover them with water by a couple of inches, but you need a couple of inches of space at the top of your pot so you don’t have major boil over.  My stock pot is probably about 5 quarts and to the water and bones I

Bones ready to boil

Bones ready to boil

added 1/2 cup of vinegar,  (I understand the vinegar helps to leach out the nutrients from the bone.) and some vegetables.  This would also be a good use of your large Crock Pot, so you could turn it on and forget about it.  Bring your pot to a slow simmer, put a lid on it and forget it.  I cooked mine for 36 hours. Because I did it on the stove top, I turned the pot off every night and turned it on again in the morning.  I Will be doing it in the Crock pot



next time.  On the last day I scooped all the bones out with a slotted spoon and scraped off any remaining meat and pushed out the marrow so it would be in my stock. I then added some salt and pepper to taste and let it simmer some more.  At the end of my third day, I drained the bones from the from the stock and put it in jars.  I put a couple in the freezer and a couple in my fridge to use right away.

I wanted every last drop

I wanted every last drop

There will be fat that will come to the top as it cools. Some people use it for their cooking.  That is a personal preference.

At the time of finally getting this post complete I have already drank or cooked with all my stock and am looking forward to my beef delivery.

Do you cook your own bone broth?  Share your ideas in the comment section below.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

I have fallen in love with Coconut oil!!!

I absolutely love this oil.  I have been using it for oil pulling (teeth).  I have been rubbing it on a section of my gums in the hope it will give it some added nutrition and help it grow back a little.  (I brushed too hard and caused some gum recession) Now I know you can BRUSH TOO HARD.

I am cooking with coconut oil.

I am putting coconut oil in my coffee and my breakfast smoothie.

I am using it as a lotion after I get out of the hot tub at night and the shower in the morning.

For months I have been using this brand that I have gotten at Trader Joes. It is Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.  It does not state whether it is refined or unrefined which makes me thinCoconut Oilk it is refined.

Many of the articles that I have been reading talk about the greater benefits of unrefined, Organic Virgin Coconut oil.  The unrefined has the most beneficial properties intact. So as I am writing this post I am waiting for my first order of this Jarrow’s Brand.

Coconut Oil
Jarrow Formulas Coconut Oil 100% Organic, Extra Virgin, 32 Ounce

(Affil Link)

As an update, I wondered how I would do with adding this “fat” to my diet.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am probably not using more than a table spoon or so a day but I am continuing to loose weight not gain.  This Jarrow brand is wonderful!!

Here is one article that talks a little about the differences in refined and unrefined.


Gelatin – It’s many benefits

Gelatin – It’s many benefits

A while ago I started researching for the next thing to stop my skin from ageing.   I have hit my mid 50’s and though I have used high quality skin care since my mid 20’s I am still beginning to see some sag happening.  Oh NO!!!!

What I ran into is people talking about the benefits of a high quality Gelatin.  So I ordered some.  I found it on Amazon.  And that said that leads to a little confusion as well.  There are a few different types.  “Great Lakes”  makes a pure protein, Kosher, unflavored, Beef gelatin. (Affiliate Link)  A second product they also make is a pure protein,   Unflavored Gelatin, Porcine, . (Affiliate Link)

Both of these come in a reddish/orange canister.  So be careful and make sure you are getting the one you want.  The Porcine comes from Pig not Beef.

Both of these products dissolve in warm to hot water and will thicken what you put them in home made jello, gravies, etc.


“Great Lakes” third option is pure protein, Kosher, Bovine/Beef gelatin, but they have used a different process in making it, they call it  Collagen Hydrolysate. (Affiliate Link)

The process making it hydrolyzed makes this product quick to assimilate into the body and improves the hydration to connective tissues.

Great Lakes website says:
“Hydrolyzed Collagen is the missing link in supplying amino acids like glycine, proline and lysine that are required by the body to build connective tissue to regulate cell growth. It will benefit hair, skin tissue, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and blood cell growth. Some doctors are referring to this product as the new anti-aging product of the century.”

I have bought both of the Beef Gelatin’s and tend to use the Collagen Hydrolysate the most.  I have started making my own Coffee flavoring and this one is easy to add to my cold Almond Milk.

The ideal source:

The ideal source for your Gelatin is from your own home made.  See my recipe here.

Now lets explore some of the benefits –

  • The Glycine which is 29% of these products is said to help us with our sleep quality as well as lessen sleepiness during the day.
  • Skin,  (supposed to help tighten skin!!!) Increase Nail and Hair health and growth
  • Anti aging
  • Joint and bone health
  • Some of the reviews I read said their Cellulite lessened  (Can’t wait for that one either)
  • It is also said to improve digestion. (Which would make sense if it binds with water and then helps thing move.  My personal suggestion, with this in mind, would be to make sure you are drinking plenty of water).

 I made Healthy Gelatin Fruit Snacks, they are great way to have a treat and ass more gelatin into your diet.

Here are some recipes from Great Lakes to use with Gelatin.

I searched on Pinterest and found many fun things to do with Gelatin as well as DIY face masks.  You can see my making it and using it. It made my skin feel nice and soft.

This page by The Weston A. Price Foundation has information and also some recipes about using Gelatin.

There are many, many people sharing about the wonderful benefits of Gelatin. Here is a whole other post to share that.

Do you use Gelatin?  How often?  What results have you seen?  Please share.


Aloe for Hair Loss

Aloe for Hair Loss

Check out some of Aloe’s benefits


I have been looking for help for hair loss and ran across some articles about Aloe Vera.  Numerous benefits have made this plant popular all around the world. For many years now, the Aloe Vera plant has been used for the treatment of different kinds of illness and disease. The powerful blend of Vitamins, Minerals and Sugars contained in Aloe Vera, make it… The Natural Healer indeed!

  • Aloe vera is one of the only known natural vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12, and it contains many minerals vital to the growth process and healthy function of all the body’s systems.

  • One of the main reasons for hair loss is toxins in the small intestine. The detoxifying action of Aloe Vera leads to the removal of these toxins which helps remedy this problem.
  • It has many vitamins and amino acids which make it immune – modulator, restorative and antioxidant.

If you’re buying aloe, some things to remember: Go organic; get 100% pure aloe; and make sure there are no green dyes or fragrance in there. You can get it on [button link=”” size=”small” color=”teal” window=”yes”]Marguerite Herbs[/button] you can grow your own, or you can get it at any health food store in gel form—which is the consistency of what comes out of the plant when you rip open a leaf.