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Health – Chicken Bone Broth

Posted in Blogging, Food, Health, Home, Nature with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2012/09/09 by rmolby
Preparing of chicken broth

Preparing of chicken broth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I want to talk a little about health issues, or rather, how to keep some of those health issues at bay.

Today’s topic is bone broth, specifically chicken carcass bone broth, because I had saved up a lot of chicken bones from thighs and drums over the last few weeks, and a fresh chicken carcass from a rotisserie chicken we got from (gasp, yes!) WalMart.

The miscellaneous bones I accumulated at work for the most part and placed into a Ziploc bag or container, along with surplus chicken skin, put them in the freezer and saved them up until I had enough to fill my stock pot, which was today.

In addition, I am also taking advantage of the fact that it is currently about 105F (41C) degrees outside, so I’m boiling the bones on the side burner of my grill. This way I’m keeping the heat out of the house and it takes less energy to heat up the pot since it is already so hot outside. The only two drawbacks are that I have to stand out in the heat when checking on it, and the wonderful aroma of it isn’t in the house… but the end result will be so worth it. Which brings me to the actual topic, the health benefits of bone broth.

We all know mom’s recipe for when we didn’t feel good when we were kids, chicken soup is pretty much always the good ol’ standby to get the finicky eater to get some nourishment into them. However, even though today’s salt laden chicken soup does still have some benefit, it is the bone broth of real chicken soup that really provides the immune system boosting properties.

I will not list all the benefits, but the broth is rich in numerous vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants as explained really well in this blog post by The Paleo Mom. You really should go read this blog post, it is fairly short and to the point, go read it now and then come back here.

OK, so I am slowly migrating my diet to the Paleo diet, which is not a weight-LOSS diet, but a healthy living lifestyle, and bone broth is a key ingredient in this diet.

Back to the bone broth making, here is another blog entry at a different blog detailing three different ways to make bone broth.

My bone broth making today ended up being moved into the kitchen since it got really windy and the flame kept blowing out on the grill’s side burner. I got 6 half-pint jars and a quart jar of broth, and oh did it smell good. Nom nom.

Finally, here is another good blog post / article. There are links from these articles to further your reading. All I have left to say is, I have used bone broth for months now, and every time I run out of it, I can feel my body getting worst over about a weeks time, and then I start hurting, and dragging from low energy, I get migraines and headaches, and my body feels achy.

So long for now, hope this helps you improve your health, and as the Vulcans from Star Trek would say:

Live long and Proper.

Chicken Coop & Raised Beds

Posted in Animal Husbandry, Gardening, Horticulture with tags , , , , , , on 2011/01/12 by rmolby
A permanent backyard chicken coop

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Well, I used cereal box cardboard and newspaper to cover up all the major openings to my chicken coop, and that seems to keep the majority of the heat from the electric heater inside to at least keep the water dish from freezing.

I really need to get a portable chicken coop built that fits right on top of my raised bed frames. What this will allow me to do is to house my chicks in a much more wind and cold proof envelope, and the chickens will churn up and mix in their poop from the roost with the bedding material that is below in the raised bed frame.

I will have a trap door on all four sides of the coop so I can connect a chicken wire cage to any of the four sides of the coop to allow the chickens to also work a raised bed next to them that I have pulled out of production or is a brand new bed that needs to be weeded.

For the bedding material I will use a mixture of leaves, shredded newspaper and brown cardboard, as well as small sticks and branches on the very bottom.

I had this exact setup at my previous place, and it worked quite well. The resulting mix of chicken poop, paper, cardboard and some kitchen scraps all churned together by the chickens was a nice, fluffy, humus with a trace of topsoil and rough bits of wood chips. It had a nice earthy smell and was super rich and friable, perfect to side dress existing plants or plant heavy feeder plants right into it.

So, this will be my first project for the spring.

Arctic cold front

Posted in Gardening, Horticulture with tags , , , on 2011/01/10 by rmolby

We have a massive arctic cold front moving in and its extremely cold already, and it supposed to drop to less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit tonight.

I hope my garlic that I got into the ground late last year makes it, and I still have to close up part of the crude chicken coop I have for my chickens to keep what little heat I can provide to them in. Hopefully I can get some of that done without freezing myself too bad.

I really should have worked on this the last few days.

Wish me luck

Separation & Gardening

Posted in Gardening, Horticulture with tags , , , , , , , on 2010/11/08 by rmolby

About a year and a half ago I separated from my now X live-in partner in Norman, OK. She had slept around with someone else and was sloppy covering her tracks, and it turned into a separation that was emotionally rough on me.

In the process, I lost 10 years worth of organic garden preparation and planning, and 10 years of soil building. This was a major blow to me, since I am big on eating as natural or organic as possible, and the garden was a major source of fresh food for me, contributing to my good overall health at the time.

The next stage of my life involves one of my former co-workers, now my lovely wife. I worked in the IT group, and she was the property manager for the organization before I joined the IT group. We had know each other for 8 years, when she was laid off due to reorganization of the support team.

We continued to  go out on the occasional lunch, and over time our relationship grew to a point where we decided to become engaged and set a marriage date in early 2010.

Because the X took my garden along with the house we used to live in, I am having to start all over building soil, raised beds, compost, and all the other things that go along with having an organic garden.  Due to the fact that our household budget is limited, progress has been slow, and in this part of the metro there is less opportunity for me to pick up discarded material I can pick up for free, so I am very frustrated with the slow progress.

The only thing I was able to save from my old garden was a few buckets of good soil  to fill two 4’x4′ beds, my 5 chickens and a few of my gardening tools. I guestimate that I lost around $2000 worth of gardening and woodworking and general tools, and $2000-3000 worth of soil and soil amendments, in addition to who knows how many hundreds of dollars of other long term sustainability supplies I had accumulated.

Anyway, as you can imagine, my frustration level is pretty high, and my health has been declining because I have not been able to grow any fresh food for me to eat, and as much as I love my family, our diet is atrocious!

There isn’t much fiber in our diet, other than corn in the form of chips, way too many trans-fats and other processed food stuffs, and a scary amount of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) , the biggest contributor to the modern American health issues, EVER!!!

So,  somehow I have to squeeze more out of the budget so I can get my winter garden put in place. This should allow me to build up the soil in those raised beds by adding shredded paper and kitchen scrap to the bed and letting the chickens “process” it all into a nice fluffy humus.

In order for that to happen I need to come up with enough money to build/replicate my portable chicken coop that I was not able to bring with me from Norman. This will allow me to move the chickens from bed to bed about once a month or so.

In a way I am glad I didn’t get to bring the old coop, because it was heavy and cumbersome to move. I will try to build the new coop in such a way so that I can move each module on it by myself even if that means that it takes me 2 hours to disassemble and reassemble the coop.

I think I will use the  shelving angle iron you can buy at Home Deport to assemble a base frame, and then make nest box and feeder attachments that connect to the frame using bolts and wing nuts. I hope to make it all fully modular so I can attach the modules to any of the 4 sides of the coop so I can configure the coop in many different ways.

I will then use the same angle iron frame configuration to build open air cages to place over empty, weed overgrown beds and connect them to the coop and let the chickens completely strip the weed beds to the soil, tilling in their poop while they scratch for bugs, worms and weeds. Then, when the bed is bare, I will move the cages down one bed, along with the coop.

The bed that had the coop on it should then be completely filled with light, fluffy humus and be ready for vegetables that need hot fertilized soil.

Anyway, there is much work to do, wish me luck in getting it all done before spring starts.

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