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How to make Korean traditional bone broth

Bone Broth is typically made with beef bones and can contain a small amount of meat adhering to the bones. As with stock, bones are typically roasted first to improve the flavor of the bone broth but our Korean traditional way is to boil 3 stages with each 6 hours simmered as 2 days project, with the purpose being not only to produce gelatin from collagen-rich joints but also to release a small amount of trace minerals from bones.  

We'd like to share the Korean traditional way of making Bone Broth, called "SUL-LUNG -TANG" or "SAGOAL- GOOK" meaning bone broth soup in Korean.

How to Make Bone Broth:

  • Prep: First, soak bones in cold water for over 8 hrs. Purpose of soaking in cold water is to get all bloods out of bones and make them clean. Then fill the water in big pot over the bones and boil for 30 min in high temperature. As once the broth begins to boil the scum is rolled right back into the broth (The scum are the impurities that you want to remove) and then wash the bones individually with running cold water.

After boiling 30 min, use cleaned bones

  • Ready to Boil! Stage#1 for 6 hrs :
  • Fill the cold water in pot over the cleaned bones and start boiling in high temperature for first 10-20 min, and reduce to low heat with cover and simmer for 6 hrs. When it is close to 6th hours, you will see the broth got reduced in half of pot.(See the pic)

After Stage#1 boiled 6 hrs look

  • Ready to Boil stage#2 for another 6 hrs: 
  • Remove bones and place into new pot and repeat stage#1 for boiling another 6 hrs. For the Broth from stage#1, leave in chill area or fridge for overnight - On next day, you will see the fat layer is created on top. Remove the fat layer only. (See the pic before and after) You will see the gelatin solid broth in pot.

Ready for Stage#2 boiling

After first 6hrs boiling and chilled

Once removed the fat layer, broth formed as gelatin.

  • Once stage#2 broth got boiled for 6 hrs, combine them into stage#1 broth in one pot and leave in chill or fridge. The left out bones in pot, fill the water again, start stage#3 boiling 6 hrs as same as above.

Stage#1 and #2 broth combined

  • All 3 stages are exactly same, once stage#3 is done simmering, combine all 3 broths in one pot or two and let them get chilled. Once they are chilled, remove the fat layer and divide them into food storage to freeze or boil to serve.

All 3 stages broth combined and chilled, you can see less fats on top

    Store in our airtight containers or vacuum bags for freezing safely and can keep over 6 months.

     In freezer, the broth prep is done!

    When you are ready to eat, simply defrost by Microwave first and boil in pot.

    After boiling 3 stages, this is how bones look like. Amazing transformation from stage#1, right?

    This is how we serve the bone broth soup in traditional Korean cuisine. Season with salt and black pepper and some chopped scallions, then add white rice into the broth and eat with Kimchi. When rice, broth and spicy Kimchi meet together, it creates the best flavor ever!!! Why not trying to make your own bone broth? It is the best when you make at home with knowing what the best ingredients you are using and how much of fats we are cleaning out from broth, it is certainly worth it!! Yeah!!

     How to use Bone Broth:

    • Drink it plain with a little salt, ground pepper.
    • Braised & Roast Meats: Braised Korean spicy chicken (recipe will be on blog soon) Roast Chickens, Braised brisket, Beef pot roast
    • Soups & Stews: French onion soup, Potato leek soups, Beef chili soups, Wild mushroom stews, Korean rice cake dumpling soups (recipe will be on blog soon), Kimchi soups

    8 Things Bone Broth Can Do for Your Body

    1. Heal and seal your gut. A cup of bone broth a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome, but it's also good for protecting non-leaky guts, according to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements. The gelatin in the bones typically used for making broth (such as knuckles, feet, and other joints) is said to help seal up holes in intestines. (People who have leaky gut syndrome have porous intestinal lining.) This "patching" can help ease chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.

    2. Protect your joints. Taking glucosamine supplement has long been used as a first line of treatment for people with joint pain, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine, too. Unlike pills, the broth offers other nutritional and health benefits that can help reduce pain. Chondroitin sulfate, which is found in the cartilage that protects joints, for example, has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.

    3. Look younger. Bone broth is a rich source of collagen, which is also naturally occurring in the body as a joint protector and stabilizer. Experts are torn on whether the skin-firming, joint-strengthening benefits of ingesting collagen are there, but studies have shown an improvement in skin's elasticity and fine lines from collagen supplement

    4. Sleep better. Research has shown that glycine, found in bone broth, may help improve sleep and ward off fatigue.

    5. Support healthy immune system. Because of bone broth's high concentration of minerals, Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, goes as far as to call bone broth a "superfood" that can strengthen your immune system. (Maybe your grandma was right about feeding you endless bowls of chicken soup when you got sick.) 

    6. Increase bone strength. The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seep out into the broth, leaving you to sip all those essential nutrients for your own healthy bones.

    7. Supplement your diet. While bone broth cannot (and should not) be your means for essential nutrients like amino acids, if you don't regularly eat meat, it can help supply amino acids from animal protein via bones. Amino acids are important for muscle recovery and energy —two key pieces of your fitness performance.  

    8. Eat healthier. While the bone broth trend might have started with drinkable broth in a cup, there are many other ways you can eat and cook with bone broth.