Bone broth is so last year. Why not be the first to try bacon tea. It only takes 2 ingredients, is the cheapest meal you will ever have, simple to make and incredibly nutritious.
I almost feel like I'm cheating when I am typing this recipe, but the simplest ideas are generally the best. My kids laugh at me drinking my bacon tea, they think it should have veggies, but then it would be bacon soup.
It tastes like bacon, pure and simple. So if you like bacon, I'm pretty sure you will love bacon tea. The beauty is, that once you make bacon tea, you can freeze individual portions in a muffin tin, then pop them out and store them in a resealable plastic bag in the freezer. You can defrost and re-heat 1 cup at a time. Genius!
How To Make Bacon Tea - yes, bacon tea.
Go down to the supermarket or butcher and buy some bacon bones that still have a fair bit of meat on them. Mine cost me $6.95 NZ for enough to fill my slow cooker to the brim. Cover with boiling water, turn the slow cooker on, and a few hours later you will have bacon tea. You can enjoy bacon tea for weeks as it can easily be frozen then defrosted when you want a cuppa.
What results after the hours of cooking is the most amazing liquid (tea) and bacon pieces. Drain the liquid through a sieve and this is your bacon tea. Allow the bones to cool a little before picking off the meat. Be sure to remove any tiny bone pieces. You can now do a few things with everything you have just made -
- Drink the bacon tea warm when it is finished cooking
- Keep some bacon tea cold in the fridge and it will set to the most amazing jelly ever. You can eat this cold or heat it up and drink it. Once heated it will return back to it's liquid form
- Reserve the bacon pieces for a snack
- Freeze any excess bacon tea in muffin tins. Once frozen, pop them out of the muffin tins into a freezer bag. 2 frozen pieces from the muffin tins should be enough for 1 cup of bacon tea. Defrost in the microwave until hot or on the stove top gently
- If it's summer and you don't want to drink anything hot, you can still have bone broth by setting it with meat and vegetable into a jelly (aspic) using a decorative mould then serve with salad or cold meats as a side dish
So what is all the hoopla about broth or bacon tea? When you boil and simmer bones for a very long time, they release their wonderful gelatine (this is what makes it set), collagen, glucosamine, anti inflammatory and gut healing proteins, and other fabulous minerals and nutrients such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium.
The liquid that results, is jam packed with nutrition and is an incredibly cheap and easy. Our ancestors knew the magic of broths and soups for generations. Many swear it helps brighten skin and hair, boost your immune system, soothe tummies, reduces joint pain, reduce inflammation, and even helps you get over the common cold. How? The old remedy of drinking chicken soup when you have a cold really works, it inhibits the neutrophil migration. Nature gets it right yet again.I've just discovered bacon tea!! Find out how to make bacon tea with only 2 ingredients and a slow cooker.
Isn't it just the same as stock? Stock and soup generally have a variety of vegetables and seasonings. I like bacon tea as it requires absolutely zero preparation and so I actually get round to making it. With all the best intentions in the world, sometimes not having all the vegetables required to make a soup means it doesn't get made.
But by all means, add vegetables if you like then you have created a wonderful and healthy soup for the family. And if you have never tried bone broth before, adding vegetables may be a gentle introduction to it. Do whatever you feel you would enjoy. There are no rules, just maybe different names for the results. Enjoy x
How To Make Bacon Tea
- 1 kg (2.2 lb) bacon bones with meat still remaining approx
- boiling water
- Pop all the bacon bones in the slow cooker.
- Pour on boiling water and cover.
- Cook on SLOW for 6-12 hours or HIGH for 4-8 hours.
So next time you are at the supermarket or butchers, buy some bacon bones and make some bacon tea for the weeks ahead. There are so many ways to eat and drink it, and so many benefits.