The JoyDroppers » Dropping a little joy along the way

We love soup. We eat it allllll the time and after making a ton of healthy choices in the things we eat, we switched a few years ago to purely organic broths. Processed with VSCO with s1 preset

But about a year ago I was introduced to the idea of Bone Broth. While not technically a broth (it’s more of a stock), the idea is that by a LONG cooking process with animal bones + vegetables can create a richer, more healthy broth. We won’t deal with the stock/broth issue… let’s just move on because what you really want is the recipe, right? This is the result of my recipe below. These are 32-oz jars and they’re about full to the curved lip, because we freeze them and I want room for them to expand. 6 jars = approx 200 ounces of amazing broth. OH. YES.

Okay, Erin… but why broth?

Great question! Broth is such a simple and easy way to get healthful nutrients into my kids! It’s super nutrient-dense and has approximately one zillion uses in the kitchen. We use our broth as the base for soups, as the water when we make rice, and in just about any recipe that requires water (if the water will be soaked INTO what we’re eating… we want to consume this broth! Not just use it to boil pasta – waste!).

It’s totally YUM and has those awesome cooking uses… but it’s also a great source of minerals for your diet. Bone broth has been shown to support boost your digestive and immune systems and is excellent for bone & tooth health. There are a lot of dental issues in our family so we’ve intentionally focused on adding this to our diet to remineralize our teeth… yay! Also… there’s a ton of collagen in bone broth, which is awesome for your hair, skin, and nails, and can support your joints too (working out? getting old? You get the drift).

Short Recipe

The short recipe looks like this:

Put your bones, root vegis, spices, and water in a pot… simmer for a LONG time. Strain. Drink.

But if you really want to get the MOST out of those bones and vegis, there’s a strategy to really up the benefits of your broth and to increase the amount of healthy liquid you’ll have at the end of the process… so keep reading!

Broth Ingredients
bonebroth-001

BONES. You need bones, obviously. Pretty much any animal can be used. This isn’t a “simmer a boneless chicken breast” kind of thing, using the bones of the animal is super important. We ONLY use grassfed/antibiotic-free/free-range bones. We’re VERY particular. Why? The long cooking process will break down the bones quite a bit, releasing all the collagen, marrow, and minerals in the bones. If that animal has also been fed antibiotics or grain or gmo nasty-ness… well then you’re releasing all of those chemicals into your broth. GROSS. Totally not worth it. It’s also why I’ve completely given up store broths… just because the broth is labeled organic doesn’t mean I know anything about the sourcing for the meat/animal used to create the broth, which is a huge issue when you’re paying attention to these things.

Okay, now how much of those bones? I’ve done this EXACT PROCESS before with just a single chicken. This time I used the bones from a chicken (previously cooked, meat picked off, and the bones were frozen so we could use them for broth at a later time) PLUS a single beef bone. I grabbed this pack of Grassfed, antibiotic-free bones from our local meat source. I used the single bone in the center and will use the two other smaller ones in a future broth recipe.

ROOT VEGIS. Okay so you need some root vegis. I usually use the basics… carrots, celery, onion (or organic dried onion if I don’t have a fresh one on hand).

SPICES. This can vary, too. I have some I prefer, but you could just use salt and pepper if that’s what you have.

WATER. Yep, you need some water. Full disclosure… we only use filtered water for this. We want this to be as healthy as possible so we’re using a Berkey filter on all our drinking AND cooking water. We started with a Big Berkey water filter (which holds 2.1 gallons of water) and recently upgraded to an Imperial Berkey because we use tons of this amazing filtered water!

You also need a device to cook this in! You can simmer it in a soup pot on the stove (though I don’t like the idea of keeping my stove eye on overnight for this) or you can put it in a crockpot, but both of these methods will lose liquid over time and you’ll need to add some water every few hours. I prefer to use an InstantPot so I can keep that seal over the top and not lose the precious water. The one I prefer is the 7-in-1 model which lets me make this gorgeous broth as well as a host of dinner recipes and even yogurt!

Recipe

Okay, so let’s talk recipe. Well… I don’t use one. Wait!!! No wait, listen. If you need a 1-2-3 recipe, I’m sure you can google one. But let me show you how I do this and how SIMPLE it is to adjust based on what you have on hand.

Ingredients:bonebroth-002
Rough chopped organic celery (about half a head), a handful of whole organic carrots, and half an onion
Bones – I recommend at least one whole chicken, you can also use a big beef bone like I did here
Spices – salt, pepper, whatever else you want.

For spices I added 1 teaspoon of organic turmeric and 1 tablespoon of JuvaSpice – this is a Young Living spice/supplement that is amazing to add to anything you’re cooking. I’ll get to the Apple Cider Vinegar in a second.

JuvaSpice® is a delicious blend of rice seed bran, spinach, tomato flakes, beet root powder, flax seed, oat seed bran, broccoli powder, cucumber powder, potassium chloride, Redmond RealSalt®, dill leaf, barley seed powder, cayenne pepper, ginger powder, slippery elm bark, L-Taurine, psyllium seed husk, anise seed, fennel seed, aloe vera leaf extract powder, and peppermint leaf. Sprinkle it on food such as eggs, baked potatoes, rice, or salads for extra fiber and to support proper digestion. It’s amazing for your Liver – hence the “Juva” name! Contact me to order some!

Rough chop your root vegis and toss them in the bottom of your pot. Add your bones on top and then your spices. For the first cook through, I’ll add about 8 cups of water on top.

(If I’m working with just bones… then I add the Apple Cider vinegar at this point. If I’m cooking a whole chicken – not just the bones – then I’ll leave out the ACV and just follow this first step here.)

Set the valve on your InstantPot to seal, set Manual for 2 hours. Walk away. 🙂 bonebroth-003

At the end of the 2 hours… or whenever (because it will hold everything on warm for several hours after it’s done cooking)… come back and CAREFULLY strain off the liquid. I use a steamer basket over my big soup pot and carefully pour everything through it so I can save all the bones/vegis. Pour off that first set of liquid into your pot, cover the pot, and put it in the fridge. If you used a whole chicken to start with, this is where I’ll pick the meat off and set it aside in the fridge in a bowl to use for soup or chicken salad or tacos.

Put all the bones and vegis BACK in your InstantPot. At this point I add a teaspoon of ACV (even if I added it before… I will add another teaspoon here).

Now I fill it with filtered water all the way up to the MAX FILL line on the inside of the InstantPot.

I know some people who will pressure cook this for just one hour, but I love to get everything I possibly can out of those bones… so I set it for Manual pressure for two hours.

Let the pressure release on its own (which can take a while), then once it’s released I’ll set it to the crock pot setting for 10 hours. No, I’m not kidding. Usually by now this is going to be going on overnight, which is perfect. Could I pull the broth out before then? Sure! But I have a “cook it to death” thing going on here. And when I’m done with it, even my chicken bones are soft and mushy. YES. That means I got all the goodness out. bonebroth-004

After it’s fiiiiiiiiinally done cooking for a zillion hours… strain, strain, strain. I’ll grab the pot out of the fridge and start pouring broth out of this hot InstantPot, through the steamer basket, into the broth that’s chilled and waiting for me. (You should notice the pot of broth from the fridge is gloppy gelatin… yep… that’s the awesomeness from those bones coming out and congealing. GOOD STUFF.

Pouring the hot broth into this cold broth will liquify it all and mix it together. Once it’s all poured into the BIG soup pot, I set up another filter station with a thinner sieve. You want to get all the little bits out of there. THIS is your final batch of broth and it’s ready for your jars!

By using this method of cooking through the bones twice… I get tons of amazing broth. I fill my jars (32 oz size in the picture at the top) about an inch from the top and put the lids on loosely… give it space to freeze and expand! Then I pop them upright in the freezer and let them go! 🙂 Grab a jar when you need it and thaw in the fridge… use it in your rice, your soups, or anytime you need broth! Or, warm it back up and put it in a mug to sip on. My kids love this. I’ll cool it with a cube of ice and put a straw in there and they think it’s the fanciest tea to sip on while watching a movie. Hah!

Enjoy!

 

 

SHARETWEETPINEMAIL

ribeyepictureSo the other day I’m driving down the road and I see a truck with this big sign declaring “20 Ribeyes for $20.” After I got done gagging, I realize how insane this really is. This is long, but worth it, promise.

Where you get your meat from is SO important. Our family is a fan of grassfed beef… we know that the quality of the meat we eat makes a big difference in how it affects our health.

There was a time when we bought our meat from Walmart or wherever it was cheaper. I was a stickler for a sale and if I saw something about to expire I was pumped… grab it and celebrate: DINNER! Woohoo!! I mean, being thrifty is SMART, right?

But as our family has gotten crunchier and crunchier, we’ve realized that’s reeeeeeeeally not a great way to feed my family if I want to fill their bodies with healthy nutrients. This Ribeye sign is truly indicative of this. Let’s unpack what we see here and why this is inherently a problem.

Cows are animals whose bodies are susceptible to their environment, just as ours are. How they’re raised determines the quality of their product. For the purpose of this post, I’m just talking about the meat, though the same would certainly be true for dairy.

What kinds of things can interfere with the process of growing a cow? Let’s think through a few…

  • Are they grassfed or fed a diet of grains unnatural for their bodies?
  • Kept in a fenced yard?
  • Held in a small pen?
  • What food is fed to them – or are they allowed to graze?
  • Are they injected with chemicals, sprayed with anything to keep bugs from being a problem?
  • Walking around on the grass or on dirt/feces?
  • Is their water supply pure, filtered, or contaminated?

Then you get to the processing… which… I won’t get into a lot of details here, but let’s just say there is very little humane about it all but even in that there are INSANE discrepancies from super nasty to some slightly more friendly ways of killing them before the meat is harvested.

Then you have the butchering process, the packing plant, the distribution center, the trucks the meat is carried on, the temperature for storage, whether it has been previously frozen… At some point did they inject the meat to make it weight more, taste better, or to add color? All of this happens before they get to the store where some little sticker label is going to assure you the freshness of your meat.

And we haven’t even talked about the inspection process or the label given to the meat… USDA certified, Angus, prime, choice, select, Organic, NonGmo, antibiotic-free, cruelty-free… etc. We also think we know what some of these mean but don’t truly understand them. We’ve let the media tell us things about this or have made assumptions based on what we would like to believe. But do you know?

Picking up a package of Ribeyes at the store does not allow you to know all of these things. And buying your Ribeyes on the side of the road (which brings up approximately one hundred additional ways they can be contaminated by poor refrigeration or just being old… gag)… well goodness. This just opens up a big ole can of worms, right??? (speaking of worms… no wait… let’s not go there…)

Bottom line… unless you know where your meat comes from, you don’t know what’s really in it. Unless you know every step of that process… from cow to farmer to growing to processing to storage… you just can’t know for SURE what you’re getting as an end result. All of those things MATTER.

Being able to visit the farm to see where the cows are raised… MATTERS.
Being able to ask questions about the process or even witness it… MATTERS.
Knowing that the meat was cared for through every stage from cow to store… MATTERS.
The source… MATTERS.
The process… MATTERS.
WHO you purchase from… MATTERS.

And all of THAT is why I would never buy essential oils from Walmart.
Or Amazon.
Or Ebay.
Not even from an online retailer who promises me purity.
THAT is why I adore local farmers for meat and produce, but prefer to get my oils from Young Living.

I will also never purchase a YL oil from another source – knowing what I know about adulterated oils, faked bottle labels, and the ease of purchasing the white bottle caps… NO. Straight from the source, only.

I have walked the farms all over the world, put my hands in the soil, been a part of distillation, and seen all the testing, bottling, and manufacturing steps in person (multiple times!).
THIS is why I’m grateful for the Seed to Seal promise from Young Living, which assures me of their quality from every step… soil to bottle.
Ecuador-PlatRetreat-194_Family_Children_Erin_Rodgers_Photography_Knoxville

Ready to be SURE you know where your oils come from? Let’s get started. I’ll be here for the WHOLE journey!
xoxo – Erin

SHARETWEETPINEMAIL

5631815594_9eb0ebb8b1_z

Plant matter being placed into the distillers at the beginning of the process.

Essential Oils are often called the “life blood” of the plant. The oils are concentrated, aromatic liquids steam-distilled from plants. They may be distilled from the seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, or fruit.

Essential oils support a plant’s internal structures. When properly cultivated and distilled, essential oils can support a healthy lifestyle.

Young Living Oils are the choice of our family based on the purity of their oils. No other company provides such a high-quality oil… and the ability to visit the farms and distilleries means we’ve actually seen the process with our own eyes! That is not only unique, but also has been crucial for us as this has become our family’s business and purpose.

Several variables can affect the makeup of an essential oil, such as:

5469684924_1ae722df4d_z

Oil as it is being distilled, floating above the water.

  • How the plant material was stored prior to extraction
  • Time elapsed between when it was harvested and when it was distilled
  • The parts of the plant used – leaves, flowers, roots, etc.
  • Soil condition
  • Fertilizer, pesticides, or other chemicals used to treat the plants
  • Geographical region, Climate, Altitude
  • Harvest season
  • Distillation process and type of distillation equipment used (copper? steel?)
  • Storage conditions of the oil after distillation, as well as how long it sat before the consumer 
purchased it

Knowing the conditions of these variables helps determine the quality of the Essential Oils, but unfortunately many companies either do not disclose any information on their farms or are purchasing oils without verifying these details.

Once the distillation process is complete, often the oils are tampered with or adulterated before being bottled for consumers. Some examples:

6690496333_7ae6019806_z

The final product, being filtered to remove plant material and residue, and entering the testing phase.

  • Blending a low quality (cheaper) oil species with a higher quality (more expensive) one in the same genus. A common example is combining Melaleuca quinquinervia into Melaleuca alternifolia and selling it as Tea Tree Oil.
  • Blending an essential oil with another oil, such as vegetable oil.
  • Adding natural, or synthetic, constituents to a lower-quality oil to  make it appear to mimic the more expensive version. An example of this would be adding linalyl acetate to a low-quality Lavender essential oil.

Unfortunately, any essential oil subject to the above tampering can still be sold as a pure essential oil and no markings on the bottle are required to document these adulterations.

Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure, contain no added synthetic ingredients, and never expire. In addition, Young Living owns and partners with numerous farms across the globe, cultivating a personal and close relationship with the farmers to ensure the highest quality oils available.

Ready to start using Young Living Essential Oils? By joining our team of oil users, you not only get access to the best oils in nature, but you also get to be a part of our helpful community! Learn more: Get Started.

SHARETWEETPINEMAIL

Ahhhhh…. FOUR weeks of Feelings Kit posts… Were you able to read over all of them? That was a LOT of information!! Right now several of you are wondering how to GET YOUR HANDS on the Feelings Kit. I know, right??!!!

First off, if you’re a member of Young Living, hop right into the Virtual Office and add it to your ER for this month or throw in a quick order . But if you’re not a member, now you’re stuck. (Clearly I’ll un-stuck you now!)

This kit is a great deal for these six oils. In fact, there are THREE ways to go about getting it, depending on if you’re a YL member or not.

  • Not a YL Wholesale member? SIGN UP AS A RETAIL CUSTOMER and pay $224.67
  • Not a YL Wholesale member? SIGN UP USING THE BASIC KIT for $45 and add the Feelings Kit to your order for $170.75, making your total $215.75. (This is the SMARTEST way to do it if you’re not already a member… you’ll save almost $10 from being a retail member PLUS you’ll have wholesale access to YL products going forward. Yay!)
  • Then, of course, if you already have a wholesale account with Young Living, you can snag the Feelings Kit with your membership for a cool $170.75

FeelingsKitDetails.jpgYoung Living is a membership-based company and I’d be more than happy to work with you directly. Members who sign up with me and my team, the JoyDroppers, will have access to our online classes, our online team lounges, our live events, and tons of training and education. If you’d like information about this, shoot me an email (Erin@theJoyDroppers.com) or hop right on to the site if you’re ready to get started as a wholesale member.
www.theJoyDroppers.com/getstarted

How do you become a wholesale member? Two ways… you can buy a $45 membership to YL which comes with no product but allows you 24% off anything you purchase – this is what we affectionately refer to like a Costco card. No product, just access. The second and most popular way is by purchasing the $160 Premium Starter Kit which comes with an awesome Diffuser AND 11 of the most commonly used Essential Oils… and also allows you 24% off all future purchases. You can view more information about those options on our team page: www.theJoyDroppers.com/getstarted

If you just want the Feelings Kit and DON’T want to be a wholesale member, I’m happy to help you with that too. Again, shoot me an email (Erin@theJoyDroppers.com) and I’ll get you rolling no problem.

SHARETWEETPINEMAIL

HappyProtocol.jpgOkay, so these are not all oils you’re going to find in the Feelings Kit, but sometimes you need a QUICK dose of Happy and I bet you’ve got Joy & White Angelica on hand. (If not? RUN and order those… PROMISE. White Angelica is a JoyDropper FAVORITE oil and one of our family’s must-haves.)

This quick protocol is great morning OR evening… to calm your emotions and even help you rest at night if you’re having trouble unwinding.

Protocol:
1 drop of Joy over your heart
1 drop Harmony over your stomach
1 drop of Valor on your wrists
1 drop White Angelica on each shoulder

SHARETWEETPINEMAIL