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Broth Blocks for Snacktime or Sleepytime

You know I’m a fan of nourishing bone broth, right? I brew big batches of broth and use it to make nutritious soups and stews. We also drink bone broth by the mugful, seasoning it with unrefined salt and stirring in a dollop of coconut oil. But sometimes I like to switch things up! What do you think of these little Broth Blocks? The recipe is super-simple and they make a great snack to keep on-hand in your fridge.

Poulet Pudding?

Such a fun and healthy snack. Kids, big and small, will get a kick out of the jiggly-ness of Broth Blocks made with chicken broth but be sure you let them know these are savory little nuggets not sweet treats. Prepare their palates for the experience, ya know?

 

Bedtime Snack?

A small bowlful of these Broth Blocks are also handy for those of us who are working to improve the quality of our sleep. During the past few months, I’ve been focusing on managing my hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and have found that a nourishing snack shortly before bedtime helps me sleep more soundly. My smart friend Laura, at AncestralizeMe, explains why broth and gelatin are helpful for sleep in this post. Be sure to note her other great nutritional tips for better sleep!

Get Well Goodness?

Bone broth is revered in traditional cultures for it’s healing effects in times of illness. Sometimes a warm mug of broth is not convenient or desirable. For instance, I’ve found that Broth Blocks can be suitable for those who are recovering from dental surgery such as wisdom tooth removal.

Ready to mix up a batch?

 It’s so easy! All you need is:

1 tablespoon gelatin from grass-fed animals (I prefer the Vital Proteins brand but there is also Great Lakes or Bernard Jensen.)

2 cups homemade chicken broth seasoned with unrefined salt, divided

Note: Sometimes it’s tricky to get the gelatin to completely dissolve without ending up with some lumps. The best technique is to first dissolve the gelatin in a little bit of cold liquid then combine it with warm liquid to complete the process.

Here’s my technique to make these fun and nourishing Broth Blocks:

  1. Place 1 tablespoon gelatin in a small bowl with 2 tablespoons of cold bone broth. Immediately stir with a fork or small whisk to dissolve the gelatin. It will set up very quickly.

  2. Warm the remaining broth in a small saucepan over medium heat.

  3. Combine the dissolved & firmed-up gelatin with the warmed broth. Whisk to dissolve. If you see a few little lumps, just pour the broth through a fine sieve.

  4. Now pour the broth into a shallow glass container (I used a rectangular Pyrex storage dish) then cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 or more hours.

  5. The Broth Blocks will congeal and you can cut it into any shape for serving.

  6. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

That’s it! Of course, you can double or triple the recipe, as needed.

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