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We are Back on 'TRACT' for Spring. Are You? {+ FREEBIES This Week Only!}

We are still alive and well here at BRAISED after a somewhat dormant winter season. CBS News did a great local ­­story on us and the healing benefits of bone broth in early March (catch it here if you missed it) but some startup challenges + production quirks that followed had us looking forward to the promises that only a change in season can provide.  Thankfully we are back in full spring!

I have always found that being healthy this time of year is more effortless.  I like to ride the coattails of Mother Nature’s momentum by growing some new health habits of my own or reinvigorating the ones that have also gone dormant over the colder months. 

Our mission here at BRAISED is to help you achieve better health with consciously convenient superfood products.  We want to support you with nutrient dense foods that make the biggest impact and that make your healthy lifestyle a little more effortless.  A simple and convenient daily dose (8 oz) of our Free-Range Chicken Bone Broth Concentrate is a powerful practice for better health by means of digestive support.  According to Dr. Mercola bone broth is one of the top foods to consume regularly to heal, sooth, and restore the leaky tissues of the GI tract lining which can lead to lowered systemic inflammation and improved general health and well-being.

We now have a delicious fresh batch of product ready for shipping nationwide!  In the spirit of fresh starts we are offering some FREEBIES on your next order to help you in your spring (gut) cleaning initiatives.

All orders placed in the next week will receive a FREE brick of Kerrygold grass-fed butter to stir into your morning mug for added flavor, umami, and nutrition!  All newsletter subscribers will also enjoy FREE SHIPPING but you have to sign up at the bottom of this page to receive the code. {Offers expire next Wednesday 5/25/16.}



As always, we’d love to hear from you.  Your testimonials and product update requests have been so encouraging to us this winter.  We appreciate your loyal support!  

Thank you.


14 Uses (& Counting) for Sipping Bone Broth Everyday

By now you have likely heard of bone broth as the newest ‘superfood’ but do you know how or why to use it?

Here is a list of some of the ways and reasons our customers and beyond are using bone broth and why we believe homemade or BRAISED Bone Broth deserves a daily appearance in a healthy diet.

First, read this.

1) Daily Nutrition / Prevention & Natural Remedy

Bone broth is a traditional food used historically in many cultures for its nutrition and health benefits. Modern anecdotal evidence is increasing for its use in disease prevention, boosting the immune system during acute sickness and as a natural remedy for more chronic conditions like: inflammation, leaky gut syndrome, chronic diarrhea, constipation, food intolerances, hyperacidity, colitis, Chrohn’s disease, anemia, blood diseases, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, bone disorders, cancer, infectious diseases, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, auto-immune issues, and conditions of the nervous system (Source: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon). Traditional Chinese Medicine uses bone broth to support the kidneys and to build the blood and “vital energy” of patients.

Tip: We do not claim our products treat or heal disease. We do believe that consistent intake of BRAISED Bone Broth (app 8 oz daily) provides nutrition that does the body good.

2) Athletic Performance / Pre & Post Workout Nutrition

Sport and fitness is evolving. Using deep nutrition for optimal performance and recovery is becoming widely practiced by amateur and professional athletes using bone broth in place of typical pre/post workout options like chocolate milk, protein shakes, and popular sports drinks - all of which can be full of allergens, hormones, antibiotics, sugar, and chemical food additives. The protein, sodium, electrolytes, and fluid in bone broth restore the body from prolonged bouts of exercise or sweating.

Tip: Use BRAISED Bone Broth Concentrate for convenient on-the-go broth for post workout recovery. Mix 1 ¾ Tbsp of concentrate with 7-8 oz hot water into a quality thermal mug to keep hot until enjoyed.

3) Meal Replacement On-the-Go / Weight Loss

In a hurry for breakfast or lunch? Avoid the drive-thru and fix a mug of bone broth instead. The 11 grams of protein per 8 oz serving is surprisingly satisfying staving off the appetite and keeping you healthier (and thinner), too.

Tip: Use BRAISED Bone Broth Concentrate as a meal replacement ready in less than a minute when using a hot water function on a water filter or an electric tea kettle. Mix 1 ¾ Tbsp of concentrate with 7-8 oz hot water into a quality thermal mug and enjoy in the car or at the office.

4) Broth Cleanse

Doing a dedicated fast / cleanse / detox / and/or juicing program a few times a year can be beneficial for weight loss and general health. Using bone broth offers a low glycemic alternative or complement to juice (high in sugar and carbohydrate) and caters to those who prefer warm beverages.

Tip: If you are new to cleansing read this and consult your trusted healthcare provider to structure a plan that benefits you. If you purchase a Broth Bundle / Cleanse for One you’ll receive enough bone broth for either a 21-day cleanse replacing one meal each day with an 8 oz serving of bone broth or a 7-day fasting cleanse where you replace all three meals each day. 

5) Teeth (Bones) / Oral Health

New research (as illustrated in the book Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel and the Weston Price Foundation) is showing that diet has a tremendous impact on oral health. There have even been reported cases of cavities reversing with the consistent intake of mineral-rich nutrition. Bone broth is one of the foods used traditionally for this purpose. For a modern case study, we love this post by popular natural health blogger, Wellness Mama.

Tip: We do not claim our products treat or heal dental issues. We do believe that consistent intake of BRAISED Bone Broth (app 8 oz daily) provides nutrition that does the body good (mouth and teeth included).

6) Energy / Ritual for Well-Being

Most Americans use their favorite drinks during the day in attempts to feel energized, alert, calm, relaxed, comforted, or just plain occupied from boredom. An afternoon broth break is the perfect replacement to the sugar, caffeine, and toxins found in other common beverages. Bone broth provides easily absorbed nutrition producing both energy and a calming effect (paradoxically). According to Hanna Kroeger of Ageless Remedies from Mother’s Kitchen, “chicken soup [bone broth] has a natural ingredient which feeds, repairs, and calms the mucous lining in the small intestine. This inner lining is the beginning or ending of the nervous system. It is easily pulled away from the intestine through too many laxatives, too many food additives…and parasites. Chicken soup…heals the nerves, improves digestion, reduces allergies, relaxes and gives strength.”

7) Medical Procedure Prep / Recovery

Special liquid diets are often prescribed by healthcare providers. Bone broth is a savory, high-protein, and nourishing option that satisfies when solid food is not permitted or tolerated.

Tip: Use BRAISED Bone Broth Concentrate for convenient portable nutrition to use wherever/whenever the patient needs support. Simply hydrate using the hot water feature of a water filter, an electric tea kettle, a single serving coffee machine with a reusable cup insert, or the hot water dispenser in a cafeteria.

8) Cooking with Flavor / Nutrition / Umami

Weeknight meals are simple, clean, light, healthy and surprisingly satisfying with bone broth-based soup or it can be added to a pan and simmered down into a demi glace – a rich sauce common in French and gourmet cuisine. Bone broth can be used creatively in a variety of healthy rustic dishes for flavor, umami (mouth-feel), and nutrition and in any recipe that calls for stock.

Tip: Our favorite weeknight recipe is using BRAISED Bone Broth with kelp noodles, parsley, roasted chicken and whatever vegetables we have on hand. We also use BRAISED Bone Broth Concentrate for sauces to avoid the hassle of evaporating the water from the broth.

9) Convenient / Budget-Friendly Superfood

Eating fresh healthy food is expensive and often difficult to source. The daily consumption of bone broth is an ideal food for those wanting the best nutrition on a budget or for those who cannot source large amounts of clean/sustainable meat. The amino acids in the gelatin are protein-sparing, meaning they allow the consumers to more fully utilize complete proteins taken in from other sources (Source: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon). The result? In theory, you need less and therefore eat less – all good things for the average American who consumes too much of everything.

Tip: Our Broth Bundle / Cleanse for Two, buying in bulk, and our coming-soon autoship subscription program are the most sustainable ways to consume regular amounts of BRAISED Bone Broth products as we offer significant savings and value for these type orders. It is our daily mission to pursue and pass on any savings in cost we can to our like-minded customers that desire the consistent nutrition of daily bone broth.

10) Protein Source for Vegetarians / Elderly / Impoverished

Bone broth is not vegetarian, but many vegetarians use bone broth successfully to replenish essential nutrients found only in animal-based foods. The protein-sparing quality of bone broth helps these individuals reap the most from other plant-based protein sources and helps to replace missing nutrients without having to abandon their vegetarian lifestyle. Others that benefit for this reason include the commonly malnourished elderly and impoverished populations.

Tip: Many use bone broth as a “crossover” food moving from plant-based to paleo-inspired / ancestral diets. This is a big lifestyle shift for many reasons. Prepared bone broth is an approachable food made even more so when added to simple recipes like the pumpkin soup shown above. Bone broth consumed in these ways helps to ease the transition by providing easily assimilated protein and digestive support when other new foods are being introduced. 

11) Coffee / Tea Alternative

Bone broth offers quick energy like caffeine but without the dip that occurs after the stimulant has metabolized. According to Dr.Pottenger, author of the famous cat studies, the hydrophilic colloids in the broth (gelatin) attract liquids to it – i.e. digestive juices – for rapid and effective digestion and nutrition for energy. The robust flavor and umami of bone broth offers a satisfying replacement for even the most die-hard coffee drinkers sipped first thing in the morning, for an afternoon pick-me-up, or at nighttime for a healthy and soothing wellness ritual. 

12) Pregnancy / Pediatric Nutrition

Drinking bone broth is perfect for pregnancy when eating meat is often unappealing and dietary protein is lacking for the expecting mother. It is also wonderful for children and teens with picky tastes or dairy intolerance to receive the nutrients of animal-based foods without the allergens, hormones, or antibiotics. Some paleo bloggers report using it as early as 5 months for their children as a breast milk and formula alternative; however, we suggest talking to a qualified pediatric nutritionist if you plan to use our product for this purpose. The gelatin in bone broth can help to soothe the digestive tract of colicky children and serve as comforting nutrition and rehydration in times of illness. 

Tip: All BRAISED products are frozen and have a shelf life of 6 months making them great emergency reserves to use for quick family meals or in times of sickness. 

13) Beauty / Healthy Skin, Hair, Nails

The newest fad in Hollywood for beauty and looking young is – you guessed it – sipping a cup a day of bone broth! Nutrients like collagen, gelatin, protein, and minerals are supportive for the skin, hair, nails and other connective tissues. Much of the dermis layer of the skin is made of dense irregular connective tissue composed of large amounts of closely packed collagenous fibers and are therefore fortified by collagen-rich foods like bone broth.

Tip: Fads are great but bone broth is not new. We caution our readers of the implied promises of the hype. Some iteration of bone broth has been used by most civilizations/cultures since the Stone Age as a primary food source. This is how we see it – as a lifestyle product and one that should show up in the diet regularly to maximize the potential health benefits.

1) (Even!) Pet Care

An article in Dogs Naturally Magazine suggests that bone broth is healthy for our pets by supporting the joints, a healthy gut, and detoxification of the liver. They say it is also a great way for sick dogs to receive nutrition when their appetite for solid food is lacking.

Tip: BRAISED Bone Broth is not intended for pets! It has certain ingredients like onion that might be irritating. We recommend using the instructions in the link above to craft a homemade version for your furry family members until we can provide a pet version through our product offerings.

Have a use for bone broth that we haven't thought of or that you'd like to know more about? Post a comment or get in touch at hello@braisedbonebroth.com.  

Cheers!

 

Hello, World. BRAISED Bone Broth is Coming!

BRAISED Bone Broth Company provides superfood bone broth crafted in the Midwest from organic ingredients and quality conscious practices. The first batch of our products will be available September 15th with pre-orders gratefully accepted before then (FREE SHIPPING)! Read on…

Welcome to the BRAISED Blog – a place to talk bone broth, wholesome food, simple pleasures and all things healthy. Sometimes we talk facts and sometimes we use our imagination. Either way we are on a mission to create better food to sustain better healthier communities.

Our blog will tell stories of collaboration and integration - not competition. We celebrate our fellow broth and artisan food makers (home cooks and retailers alike) versus position ourselves against them in the marketplace. There is room for us all. We are excited to take our place in it to help serve a growing demand for simple honest, wholesome, REAL food, and to offer the best products and customer services we know how to provide. 

Who We Are

My name is Kate Brown and I am an Iowa-based nutritionist, yoga instructor, whole foodist, wife to Matt, and mommy to Turner (human) and Butler (canine). I founded BRAISED earlier this year when the term ‘bone broth’ began trending on social media. Kobe Bryant made an announcement that it was his secret to a long NBA career while other sources touted bone broth as the new ‘superfood.’ Naturally many niche artisan companies have cropped up on the west/east coasts while others marketers cued the bone broth powders, pills, and potions as a result.

Bone broth has played a central role in my kitchen, diet, and food story dating back to the Midwestern farm kitchens of my ancestors. I have educated hundreds of clients of its nutritional benefits and encouraged them all to use it as a primary food source. I believe in the healing power of bone broth so much that I think it deserves the status of being its own food group alongside clean protein, healthy fat, and organic/fermented vegetables. When creating the concept and the name of our company I thought if I am to develop any product that best represents me, my upbringing, my modern-day kitchen and my philosophies on food, it is bone broth.

When the opportunity was presented to take my small broth business mainstream, I went for it! I guess we all have our ‘something’ that makes us a unique contributor to our community and believe it or not, mine is bone broth. I do broth. I started BRAISED as way to serve a larger base of others who call me up on the regular for some of Sister B’s famous bone broth.

So here I am.

Here is BRAISED.

Here is our broth.

And here you are – I hope due to an interest in the nutritional benefits of bone broth and wholesome food.

Launching a startup and a retail-ready product having had a lifetime of experience with homemade bone broth has been challenging and meticulous. I had to create something I was proud of and absolutely confident in selling to a broad consumer base. After what has seemed like another lifetime, we are finally ready to present our first flavor and the farmers, producers, partners and practices that have made it possible for us to have BRAISED Bone Broth.

Our Free-Range Chicken Bone Broth and Concentrate will be available by September 15th. Each batch is slowly BRAISED for at least 18 hours at our FDA/USDA inspected facility right here in Central Iowa. It is crafted using only the finest organic ingredients including bones from Pitman Family Farms, superfood vegetables, and anti-inflammatory herbs and spices imparting a deep, robust, and addictively savory flavor profile. We are proud to offer our customers a bone broth with superior nutrition including gelatin, collagen, minerals, electrolytes, phytonutrients, and independently lab tested and verified to have at least 11 grams of protein per 8 oz serving.

I cannot wait for you to try BRAISED Bone Broth and to experience all the gut-healing benefits for yourself!

Why we are Blogging 

To offer and receive (from our creative readers and guest writers) recipes, lifestyle tips, and inspiration and to take part in our local / global communities dedicated to living healthy, simple, balanced, joyful, meaningful lives. Oh, and we have to have fun and serve others in the process or what is the point? Building a brand on top of a life can be intense, strange, scary, rewarding and hilarious. This blog will serve as our way of keeping it – and your food – as real as possible. 

We are not in this alone or simply for ourselves. We belong to a larger community of agriculturalists, artisans, food producers/marketers, healthcare and wellness professionals, ecommerce gurus, bloggers, partners and investors interested in co-creating conscious products and practices together. With each ingredient in our first product alone there are over a dozen farmers/producers we can learn more from. Our company seeks out like-minded folks to do business and life with and you need to know them, too. 

What we are Blogging About 

Here is a sampling of some upcoming posts: 

  • Salt and Why You Need It
  • 4 Sources of Deep Nutrition You Probably Haven’t Tried
  • Heal Your Gut, Lose Weight, and Feel Your Best this Fall with a Broth Cleanse
  • 10 Staple Primal/Paleo Recipes with 5 Ingredients or Less
  • Broth Stories from Our Inner Circle

Connect with Us

Have a topic idea or want to join the discussion? All respectful comments for a healthy dialogue are encouraged and appreciated on our blog. We would love to hear from you. Get in touch!

For other inquiries:

E: hello@braisedbonebroth.com

P: 515.650.8684

Historical Superfood gets Modern Update

“As marinara sauce is central to any Italian family legacy, so is bone broth to me, an Iowa girl with humble roots.”

The comparison of bone broth in my family to marinara sauce in an Italian family has me thinking of the ways our different cultures pass down the recipes that nourish (and define) our tribes. In my observation Italians and others of pure-bred ethnicity have a sense of sacredness attached to their vault of family recipes. Sworn loyalty to their family’s way of doing things is the only key to unlock the secrets inside to the next matriarch/patriarch who is trusted to preserve the traditions.

This is not the case of my story. I am a European hybrid Midwesterner born into rural culture. Farming is a part of everyone's familial makeup where I live yet strangely an unhealthy relationship to food can still be found. [Side Note: When I worked at my last integrative healthcare clinic I always found it fascinating that farmers were were both the most unhealthy clients - by means of eating a copious amount of processed food -  and the most eager to buy into wholesome organic eating. What the what?!]

My ancestors (or speaking collectively - our ancestors) tamed the elements and ran intuitive sustainable operations so their families could survive and thrive from their small plots of land. Recipes were created entirely of seasonal homegrown ingredients that were self-preserved or fermented for use in the colder months.

Eventually commercial agriculture with large cash mono-crop systems and the Industrial Revolution changed the landscape and the way they ate. The hard life of making everything from their own hands was happily exchanged for modern conveniences. Enter the era of the casserole and the Catch-All-Feed-All Midwestern wonder made of creamed canned soup, noodles, boxed stock, processed cheeses, and leftover stale bread (anything leftover actually). 

My mom, Mama B, changed that for me/us, but we were of few who escaped. A two year stint in Australia in the 70’s had my parents choosing fresh foods from open air farmers' markets. Each day they devoured beautiful produce and artisan products that at one time also decorated the bountiful family farm tables in Iowa. By then eating whole fruits and vegetables and making fresh sourdough bread from scratch was ‘so European’. Mom’s family had long been urban dwellers and Dad’s family had also begun the process of leaving the farm behind for better opportunity in the towns, cities, and countries abroad. Just like that a disconnect from food happened in our culture as paradoxical as it seems. Iowans like Mom and Dad who were fed by the richest soil on the planet in youth had to learn about fresh food as adults in a country across the world.

I am proud to report that the family farm is reviving here in Iowa (check out my future posts) and Mama B is responsible for initiating the renaissance of homegrown, made-from-scratch, handcrafted foods in our family. After moving back to the Midwest she planted a massive garden and began her own sourdough starter that we have been nourished by for over 30 years.

She breathed new life into the long lost recipes of our ancestors and incorporated a fusion of foods and flavors she discovered from her worldly travels. My food story contains a hodge-podge of rootsy, rustic, seasonal dishes with iterative global influences and I love it.

Mom was an original foodie before the term existed and before blogs made people famous for their creative use of zucchini as pasta noodles. Mama B has been doing things like that since I was born. I grew up this way - gasp - without the use of a fancy guillotine-sized spiralizer! Instead of passing down a vault of coveted family heirlooms, my mom passed down an ideology: be free to create based on the day’s bounty and always commit to using wholesome ingredients. She taught me that every home cooked meal prepared this way has a story.

The story of BRAISED Bone Broth is therefore made of equal parts historical and modern influences based on the worldview I inherited. Traditional, nourishing and authentic bone broth crafted in the farm kitchens of my ancestors was created from a long slow-simmer of a few humble ingredients: water, bones, vinegar, and salt. Over the years Mama B and I have slowly made our own interpretation to this basic recipe. Each ingredient added has a thoughtful purpose and together it becomes a modern finished product with a story as robust as its flavor.  

The Basic Ingredients of BRAISED Bone Broth:

Water

Filtered, to avoid contaminants and off-putting chemical flavors.

Bones 

Organic free-range chicken bones from Pitman Family Farms because sourcing animals that eat their native diet helps create a broth closest to our native diet. What an animal eats affects the nutrition they provide. There is no comparison between conventional and consciously-raised animal sources. The organic bones are free of the toxins (hormones, GMOs, antibiotics, etc.) often found in feedlot animals and provide clean nutrition in the form of collagen, gelatin, amino acids, and minerals. Organic free-range chicken feet are added for an extra dose of collagen.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Unfiltered, because it is unrefined and the most nutritional. The acid helps to pull nutrients from the bones and into the broth.

Salt

Redmond’s Real Salt, because it is balancing to the body and full of minerals. We are not shy about the use of salt in our recipes, but the right kind of salt is necessary if it is to be considered healthy. Salt is an essential nutrient in the human body and very misunderstood. The ways in which we need and use sodium for optimal health are too numerous to list, but here is one fun fact: sodium is necessary for a robust immune system, used to kill bacteria, worms, viruses, fungus, microorganisms and to ward off other pathogens. You could say it is nature's cleansing agent. Mineral-rich Redmond's Real Salt is far better than other salts in balancing and replacing important electrolytes.

The Ingredients We Add:

Onion

Added for flavor and for the bio-nutrients found in their flesh and skins. Onions can be exposed to heat as soon as they are chopped without losing any of their health benefits. Once fully cooked, at least 30% of their quercetin, a compound being investigated for its antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer properties, is transferred to the broth.*

Organic Carrot

Added for flavor and for the higher bioavailability of their nutrients when cooked and boiled into the broth.*

Organic Celery

Added for flavor and as an excellent source of vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin needed for the complete synthesis of certain proteins required for blood coagulation and binding of calcium in bone and other tissues, and molybdenum which acts as a catalyst for enzymes facilitating the breakdown of certain amino acids in the body.

Organic Kale

Added for its “superfood” status and high nutritional value including glucosinolates, calcium, vitamin C, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients. Kale is the most beneficial vegetable in the crucifer family with research showing that it is very effective for preventing and slowing the growth of cancer.*

Organic Parsley

Added for flavor and for its superfood status being an excellent source of vitamin K, C, A, folate, iron, and flavonoids. Herbs are full of micronutrients and parsley is a nutritional powerhouse. It is known to bind and purge heavy metals from the body, cleanse and purify the tissues, organs and blood; improve digestion and guard against free radical damage.

Organic Garlic

Whole clove added for flavor and for its superfood status and proven (and promising) properties including antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, anticlotting, and anticancer. We follow the "press, then rest" method before adding garlic to the broth to preserve its medicinal properties - namely allicin - which can otherwise be destroyed by the heat.*

Kombu

Add for umami (mouth feel) and for its superfood status containing high amounts of iodine, iron, vitamins C and A, minerals, and enzymes. Kombu is a sea vegetable known to reduce blood cholesterol and hypertension, support thyroid function (iodine), help to carry oxygen to the cells (iron), support the bones and teeth (calcium), and support the eyes and immune system (C and A). We source our kombu from the cold waters of the upper East Coast, US, to eliminate concerns of possible toxins and/or radiation in seaweed sourced from Asia. 

Cumin

Added for the deep nourishing flavor tones it lends to the broth and for its excellent levels of iron, manganese, vitamins and minerals. Cumin belongs to an exclusive group of spices revered as most anti-inflammatory.

Shitake Mushroom Extract

The extract offers an earthy flavor and a dose of medicinal nutrients including B vitamins, niacin, choline, folate, minerals, unique phytonutrients, and immune-supportive components called polysaccharide glucans.

Turmeric Root / Coriander / Thyme

Used for flavor and for their powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Turmeric, in particular, is known as a superfood and is used medicinally for many inflammatory conditions.

Cayenne Pepper

Used for flavor and because of its antioxidant nutrients. The capsaicin in cayenne is known to have antiviral, antibiotic and diaphoretic properties that boost the immune system. 

Rosemary Extract

Used for flavor and as an antioxidant for 100% natural preservation of the broth and its nutrients.

*Reference: Robinson, Jo. Eating on the Wild Side NYC: Hachette Book Group, 2013. Print.