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maryjane

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Posted - Mar 30 2016 :  1:34:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Leather is a term that is, of course, associated with animals but it's also a term associated with fruit, as in fruit leather. As you know, I'm a proponent of bone broth for good health. (Have you noticed lately that it's become a much bigger deal with quite a few bone broth "diet" cookbooks hitting the NY Times best seller list?) Some of the women in my family have ended up with osteoporosis but my solution is not only relatively easy, it's delicious. I don't always have time every day to sup a sip of hot broth or soup. And sometimes I'm on the road, so a couple of days ago I made a concentrated batch of bone broth (three large bones in my crock pot, with unpeeled garlic, onions, herbs and greens from my hoop house stuffed on top). After it simmered for something like 18 hours, I strained it, let it cool, took the fat off, and then turned it over to my DIL, Ashley. She simmered it on her stove for a few hours in order to concentrate it, poured it into a Pyrex dish, and when it cooled, cut it up. The result? DELISH, bone broth leather (or soup bouillon). I'm ecstatic. So no, that's not a piece of afternoon chocolate sitting next to some garlic; it's my afternoon bone broth.



Speaking of road food, what's that next to the Dinty Moore and Top Ramen?


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NellieBelle

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Posted - Mar 30 2016 :  2:07:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a wonderful idea MaryJane. The bone broth gets "jellied" and now it gets leathered. Great way to get all the goodies from the broth in a snack size. And Congratulations! Love seeing your ready to go organic foods sitting on the shelf. I'm thinking it won't be there long. ;)

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maryjane

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Posted - Mar 30 2016 :  3:41:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And it totally rehydrates in nothin' flat. Put it in a cup, add hot water. Bone broth!

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Mike

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Mike
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Posted - Mar 30 2016 :  5:13:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As an historic aside, bones and hides, boiled down the exact same, minus herbs, was leathered, dried and crushed. The pieces were sold and rehydrated, for thousands of years..........as hide glue for wood work and other gluing jobs. I have some in my cupboard made thirty years ago, as good as the day I made it. Hide and ground bone, boiled down...

Herbs would improve it a lot.

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txbikergirl

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Posted - Mar 30 2016 :  5:15:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
this looks very interesting. you ladies are impressive.

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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CloversMum

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Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  11:50:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How does the jellied bone broth taste? Is the texture like jello? I'm thinking I am more of the sip my warm broth sort of gal. :) Looking forward to more beef bones this coming fall ... I'll have to remember this post.

How long would the jellied bone broth last in the fridge? Could you freeze it?

Cool idea ...

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NellieBelle

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Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  12:08:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't drink my broth cool either Charlene. When the bone broth is cool it jells. When I pour it into a cup and heat it up, it's just like any broth you drink. (except healthier in my opinion). Same with MaryJane's leather, I would think, once you add water, and heat it would be like broth you drink any other time. I freeze my broth that I make, and the bone broth I purchase from Bare Bones is frozen and once thawed it has a jellied texture until you heat it.

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NellieBelle

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Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  12:09:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't drink my broth cool either Charlene. When the bone broth is cool it jells. When I pour it into a cup and heat it up, it's just like any broth you drink. (except healthier in my opinion). Same with MaryJane's leather, I would think, once you add water, and heat it would be like broth you drink any other time. I freeze my broth that I make, and the bone broth I purchase from Bare Bones is frozen and once thawed it has a jellied texture until you heat it.

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Mike

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Mike
Argyle WI
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Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  5:30:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Janet nails it...when it cools it jells......as in Knox gelatin mix, or Jello. In my field for thirty years ballistic gelatin was used for studying bullet wounds, without the trauma. We used a ten to one mix of basically jello. You just heat it up and it liquifies, cool it and use it again.

Add a dash of strawberry and there you go! From Jello to broth leather, same tasty and most healthful of bone products. Oh, the hooves and hides, and even the hair have more of the protein, more concentrated, than bones, but same stuff.

For your information.....for testing anything from your BB gun to hunting rifle, WAY OFF TOPIC :www.instructables.com%2Fid%2FBallistic-Gel%2F&usg=AFQjCNEruO46pwaPU3_peweOPKCwz0fExQ&sig2=YAxNFIN3XNB7NsK3bTMeEg" target="_blank">https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiis_aal-zLAhVE0WMKHUfIBvAQFghCMAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.instructables.com%2Fid%2FBallistic-Gel%2F&usg=AFQjCNEruO46pwaPU3_peweOPKCwz0fExQ&sig2=YAxNFIN3XNB7NsK3bTMeEg
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CloversMum

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Posted - Mar 31 2016 :  7:22:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So how is MaryJane's bone broth different than yours, Janet? When I think of fruit leather, I think of my dehydrator but it doesn't sound like MaryJane or Ashley used a dehydrator ... perhaps just cooked it way longer than usual.

And, MaryJane, did you reconstitute your bone broth before eating?

Mike, I'm not able to click on your link ...

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maryjane

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Posted - Apr 01 2016 :  09:36:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Charlene, it'll be one of our published recipes at some point. We always start with an idea, then if it works we have to make it several more times while writing down every detail--amounts, etc. I will let you know when we get that done. It sure does cut down on freezer space. I grabbed a little cube last night and easily had a tasty cup of broth before bed. Tasty, yummy, healthy, bone/joint building.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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CloversMum

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Posted - Apr 01 2016 :  5:47:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Perfect, MaryJane. Please be sure to let us know when it is published. :)

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Ashley

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Posted - Apr 04 2016 :  09:08:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone--I thought I'd chime in on this. For the concentrated version, I just took the bone broth MaryJane gave me, boiled it down to 1/4 of it's original volume, and poured it into an 8" x 8" casserole dish lined with parchment and let it gel. After that, I cut into squares and put them in the freezer. I imagine they would keep well in the fridge, but I'm a big fan of the freezer. :) The squares readily melt in hot water. I even put a reconstituted sample in the fridge and it gelled up to the original consistency of the broth MaryJane gave me, just slightly darker in color. I'm going to get another batch of bone broth going to re-test this theory and see if I get similar results.

I have to say, there is something really satisfying bout sipping a warm cup of bone broth. I'm even contemplating making some it for our beagle, Lucky, who is getting older and starting to show signs of slowing down. I'm just curious if it will make a difference for her. I'll need to figure out the right portion size, but I don't see the harm in trying.

Ashley (MaryJane's DIL)
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Apr 04 2016 :  10:06:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Ashley. It's a great way to store bone broth. (concentrated version). Takes up less room than large containers in the refrigerator. I'm going to try this with my next batch of bone broth. And I think it's a grand idea for the dog/dogs. Can't help but think it would do wonders for man or his best friend.

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