The first time I made this my husband though I had become certifiably insane! My grocer even looked at me a little funny when I ordered up some chicken feet with my usual bone and liver order. Well, maybe I am a little crazy….crazy like a fox! Chicken feet make an awesome broth!!! These little buggers are full of nutrients and make a great gelatinous, gut healing, body warming broth. Plus, they are so inexpensive! Chicken feet bone broth is just too easy and healthy not to make it.
But wait, why am I using chicken feet again? Because they are one of the best ways to make a rich broth, and they full of glucosamine, chondroitin, collagen and trace minerals! Great for hair, nails, joints, and our digestive health! They are composed of connective tissue and joints after all. Chicken feet have even shown to help improve arthritis and have even been used to promote regeneration and healing in spinal cord injury (source). Read my post on the Health Benefits of Bone Broth for more information.
If you get your feet straight off the farm you will need to blanch and peel them first. But, if you get them from the store, they are typically prepared for you already.
What you will need:
- 1 crock pot
- 1 package chicken feet (about 10)
- Filtered water
- 2 Tbsp vinegar — we use this brand
- 1 Tbsp sea salt — where to find
- Optional: vegetables and herbs to flavor your broth, I like mine plain
- Place chicken feet in crock pot
- Cover with filtered water until feet are submerged
- Add vinegar and salt (and herbs/vegetables if you are including these)
- Put crock pot on high until it begins to bubble, then turn down to low and leave it cook overnight
- Ideally let it cook for 24 hours or longer
- Skim off any scum that forms on top
- Strain feet from broth using a metal strainer
A closer look, isn’t it just beautiful and golden?!
- Put broth into a glass jar and store in fridge
- Either reheat and drink as a broth, use in soups, or just take a spoonful every morning for it’s health-giving benefits! It will most likely gel in the fridge. I take a scoop of the gel every morning.
I have gotten many emails and questions about ordering bone broth online! I finally found a resource for that and wanted to include it here. Wise Choice Market (CLICK HERE)
For more information on making your own Traditional Foods at home, I highly suggest picking up a copy of Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon (click the image below to check it out for yourself)