Hard-boiled eggs, pre-baked sweet potatoes, a delicious portion of roasted chicken or pork, and freshly simmered bone broth — all items we know in Paleo make up the backbone of nutrient-dense, simple meals. Yet, while we’re juggling life it always feels like these are the “extras” that I just can’t get to despite having the world’s greatest kitchen appliance on hand: an Instant Pot.
Is it me or does weekly meal prep often feel like a Tough Mudder-style endurance event?? Obstacles at every turn, physical exhaustion, and no one is getting out clean! The struggle is real, my friends.
My goal with Popular Paleo and The Frugal Paleo Cookbook is to explore ways to make a whole-food, nutrient-dense diet practical. One of the values I write about in the book is how we need to value our time, health and sanity while improving our diets. Sometimes that means we cook from scratch to save a few bucks, and sometimes that means we spend a little in order to save some time (and eliminate one more thing to do!). This is a personal call, guys. Whatever you need for where you’re at. Lately for me, time is becoming precious.
How great the timing was when the guys from Kettle & Fire reached out about their grass-fed beef bone broth. It’s fresh, never frozen preparation caught my attention. Zero preservatives or stabilizers are used and it doesn’t require refrigeration? OK. I’m interested.
I’ve seen a number of products floating around right now that are frozen (wrapped in a ridiculous amount of packaging) or that come in small glass jars (that are again wrapped in a ridiculous amount of packaging)… When my carton of broth arrived, the packaging was minimal and recyclable. I learned from their website that this enables Kettle & Fire to offer great shipping prices across the U.S. and they offer free shipping with a bulk purchase of 6 cartons. I like that deal.
I decided to taste test the broth by making a simple soup — to really see how this stuff stands up on it’s own. Totally and completely impressed! Rich and flavorful, not overly acidic or… beefy, if that makes sense? Really a deliciously balanced and savory broth.
Hold up! Why is everyone in Paleo so nutty about bone broth?
Here’s the 411: broth that’s made from simmering quality bones (like the ones from grass-fed cows raised in an organic environment) is crazy good for our joint health thanks to collagen, gelatin, proline, glycine, and, something that I know my husband buys a supplement for: glucosamine. All of those things are proven to support healthy joints.
Because we love to heal and protect our digestive system in Paleo (super duper important for guarding against systemic inflammation), real deal bone broth is a no-brainer. The amino acids glycine and glutamine help maintain the integrity of the intestinal wall (sorry to say intestinal on a food post…), meaning bone broth can help to prevent leaky gut syndrome. Lots of other examples are coming to mind, but seeing as how I’m not a nutritionist, I’ll leave the details to the professionals.
Last thing I want to mention is the micronutrients available in bone broth! Bone broth also has a nice amount of minerals that our bodies need like magnesium, potassium, and calcium. This stuff is truly impressive.
Back to my trial of Kettle & Fire Bone Broth…
To wrap up my impression of this stuff, I give it a thumbs up.
- minimal packaging
- grass-fed, organic
- zero preservatives or stabilizers
- an incredible two-year shelf life
- great flavor, perfect balance
- anti-inflammatory (which is great for supporting my Hashimoto’s)
When it comes to price, there’s definitely savings to be found with their subscription service. I can save 25% right off the bat with a subscription! Since I go through plenty of bone broth, this is something I’m interested in. And it’s one less thing I need to pick up at the grocery store… As much as I want to think I can keep up with homemade broth production, time has proven that I drop the ball far too often. This is a great solution that keeps us stocked with something that’s important for me and my family.