Most raw feeders will have heard of bone broth I’m sure. There are many recipes out there so I’m just going to suggest three: plain, supercharged and fibre. What you actually add in your bone broth recipe is completely up to you. Or if time isn’t on your side, we can deal with that too. We stock two brands of pre-made bone broth: Scottish Canine and Alexander’s Natural so it really couldn’t be any easier.
Plain bone broth recipe
Firstly, we’ll start with the base. To make an original bone broth, you will need some key ingredients:
- Bones. Organic (if possible), grass fed and antibiotic free. Weight bearing bones, like marrow bones, make for a great broth. Necks, trotters, legs and shoulders are also good. Choose as you wish; if your dog has an allergy to chicken, choose beef bones instead.
- Water. I like to use distilled or filtered. This is actually quite important because tap water can contain a lot of chlorine and bacteria, heavy metals and pesticides. Just like selecting the right bones, it’s important to get the water right too.
- Lastly (it’s heavily argued about but I’m keeping it in), add either organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother) or freshly squeezed lemon juice. Either a good glug of ACV or 1/2 of the lemon juice will do.
You now have your key ingredients. Next, you’ll need your crock pot or slower cooker at the ready. First, add your bones. Cover these with your water (so that there’s 2 finger depths of water above the bones). Now add your ACV or lemon. The best medical broth takes around 40 hours but if you’re wanting a quick, tasty broth, it can be ready within 4 hours. We recommend leaving it as long as possible. The broth wants to be on a low heat so that it slowly simmers for a long time. The best things in life come to those who wait!
Once you’re happy with your broth, there’s a couple of key points to note. Cooked bones are NEVER to be fed. EVER. Strain the broth and bones though a sieve. You can sort though any meat that has fallen off the bones; these provide an extra tasty treat for your dog! Collect the golden broth and leave on the side to cool. Throw the bones in the bin and remove so your pup doesn’t raid the bin. Once cooled, the fat will rise to the top. Carefully take the fat layer off the top and either freezer it for later (you could lightly cook some veggies in a knob of fat for a birthday treat) or bin it.
At this point I would either put it in the fridge and use within the next 7 days or portion it up into ice cube trays and freeze so you can use it as and when you like! Remember, there’s simply hundreds of recipes online and you really can add in whatever you’d like.
Supercharged bone broth recipe
There’s a couple of ways to do this. Either make the original broth and then add the liquid back in the crock pot or slow cooker and add in your extra ingredients, or simply add them at the start. So what might we use to supercharge the broth? It’s only your imagination that will stop you! I’ll name some of the ingredients I would regularly include, but I’ll let you become your dog’s own personal, in-house, sous chef!
• Turmeric (freshly grated – lovely!).
• Mushrooms – there’s some cancer busting shrooms out there but please DON’T go down to the woods today! There’s plenty available now like shiitake, oyster, king oyster, portobello, to name a few.
• Herbs, such as basil, thyme, parsley, bay and mint. Again there’s loads you could include but please do some research as there are some which are unsuitable.
• There’s loads of veggies you could add. Just avoid the the onion family including chives, with the exception of garlic.
This has to be one of my favourite things to do because the possibilities are endless. Have fun!
Fibre bone broth recipe
Now for fibre bone broth; it’s something that’s really useful, especially if your pup suffers from anal gland issues (but just go easy with this one as it’s very effective!). This recipe needs a little bone broth (1 cup, roughly 250ml) mixed with 4 tablespoons of psyllium husk. Mix them together; you will get a rubbery texture. Feed this and only this. It will act as a meal replacement. Serving suggestions will depend on how big your dog is, so start with roughly 1-2 tablespoons per 10kg.
We look forward to hearing about your bone broth creations and what you added into them!