The only thing more soothing than homemade chicken stock is homemade chicken stock made with vegetables and herbs.
My best recommendation though is that if you’re going to use chicken, you find it pasture-raised. But if we’re going to get into labels, it’s important to know understand what they truly mean. Because if we’re being 100% honest here, they don’t always mean what they say.
Many food manufacturers have been caught lying on their labels, have been sued, and are still lying today. They put profits over transparency, clearly.
Some people opt for “Free Range” chicken, but truth to be told the only requirements to meet “Free Range” are 2 sq. ft. per bird and “outdoor access”. That doesn’t mean they actually have to go outside though, or even be able to fit through the “access” provided. It’s very similar to the way companies can say “No MSG added” because it is naturally occuring.
It’s absolutely best to find a local farm, or to buy from companies you actually trust. Some suppliers, like Whole Foods, support the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating System that is third party verified to let you know the standard at which the animals are treated. To learn more about it you can click here.
US Wellness is an awesome company that offers pasture-raised chicken and chicken stock, among other things. Thanks to technology, you can order it online if you can’t find it nearby. You can check them out by clicking here.
If all else fails, you could always leave the chicken out and make homemade vegetable broth all by itself. Delicious. It won’t have the leaky gut sealing powers of the gelatin or benefits of all the proteins and nutrients hiding in the marrow, but it will still be nutritionally dense. Much moreso than the commercial made ones that sit in plastic containers on the shelf for 6 months before you purchase them.
Few things in life are 100% across the board, but fresh is ALWAYS best!!
I hope you enjoy this homemade vegetable broth recipe, from my kitchen to yours.
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