Want to keep your dog hydrated?? Earlier this week, we made the most amazing bone broth for ourselves and our pup, and many of you asked for the recipe. It takes a tiny bit of work to get everything you need, but the benefits are far too good to pass up. Bone broth is full of minerals and calcium, protects joints, helps maintain a healthy gut and builds a strong immune system. Plus it’s great for rehydrating during these summer days.
Here’s what you need: a pressure cooker or slow cooker; strainer.
Ingredients (dog version):
• 3 lbs of gelatinous bones (feet, femurs, bones with marrow) we used beef bones and 1 hind pig foot (you can also use chicken feet or lamb marrow bones, but whole pig feet work the best).
• Apple cider vinegar (about 3 tbsp)
• 3 Garlic cloves (optional; safe in small doses and great as mosquito/flea repellant for dogs)
Instructions: Place all bones in a pressure cooker or slow cooker, cover with water and add a splash of apple cider vinegar (to help draw the vitamins and minerals out). Pressure cook for 2 hours or slow cook overnight. Strain the bones and put the broth in fridge. Once it cools, it should be jelly like*, skim off the fat and Voila! You can reuse the bones for a 2nd batch - add water and ACV, and cook for 3 hours in the pressure cooker or 12 hours in the slow cooker.
*Jelly means you’ve got lots of gelatin in there and that’s what helps with your and your dog’s joints. Not so jelly? That’s ok - just add more apple cider vinegar the next time. There are still lots of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that you’ve drawn out of those bones!
Serve at room temperature for your dog and hot for yourself
Human version: Add 1 whole onion (quartered) or 1 bunch of green onion stalks, 1/2 a head of garlic and 1 tsp. of freshly ground black pepper and any other herbs you’d like.