The Art of Crafting Pork Broth: An Exquisite Delight

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I was overcome with excitement when Craig Fear, a renowned expert in the culinary world, agreed to share his insights on making the perfect pork broth. While I’ve dabbled in poultry and beef broth, the realm of homemade pork broth has eluded me. However, after delving into Craig’s wisdom, I feel prepared to embark on this delicious journey.

Pork broth, often overshadowed by its chicken and beef counterparts, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Few individuals venture into the realm of pork broth, and I suspect you haven’t either… until now.

Allow me to present four compelling reasons why making pork broth should be your new culinary pursuit:

Why Pork Broth?

1. Pastured Pork Bones: The Affordable Alternative

Let’s talk about cost. Pastured chicken and grass-fed beef bones can be quite pricey nowadays. The demand for bones has surged, causing prices to skyrocket. However, due to the scarcity of pork broth enthusiasts, pork bones remain remarkably affordable. You won’t find them prominently displayed at the meat counter or even in butcher shops. You’ll need to request them specifically.

Fear not! Your local butcher or farmer will gladly provide you with pastured pork bones. Recently, I acquired a five-pound bag of these delectable bones, including leg, neck, hip, and rib bones, for a mere $6. Opting for bones from grass-fed and pastured animals, raised on their natural diet, will result in a more nutrient-rich and flavorsome broth.

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But there’s an even better reason to embrace pork broth. Brace yourself for reason #2 – it’s not for the faint of heart.

2. The Power of Gelatin: Unleash the Goodness

For an incredibly gelatinous broth, consider using pig’s feet. While this may seem unsettling at first, it’s important to acknowledge the culinary traditions of our ancestors. Historically, cultures utilized not only bones but also the entire animal to make broth. Tails, heads, necks, and yes, even feet, were common additions.

These animal parts are rich in collagen, a protein that provides numerous health benefits. Derived from the Greek word “kolla,” meaning “glue,” collagen is the substance that holds us together. It comprises proteins that form resilient connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, cartilage, joints, skin, and even bones.

During the slow simmering process, these proteins break down into gelatin, composed of essential amino acids such as glutamine, proline, and glycine. These compounds offer various healing and protective effects, particularly within our gastrointestinal tract. It’s no wonder that bone broths play a crucial role in the initial stages of the GAPS diet and other digestive healing protocols.

Upon cooling, a gelatin-rich broth will transform into a wobbly delight reminiscent of Jello. Embrace this captivating phenomenon!

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3. Simplicity Refined: Making Pork Broth Made Easy

Fear not the cooking process, for making pork broth mirrors the techniques employed for chicken or beef broth. Allow me to share a simple recipe, utilizing my easy-to-remember 5-step process, with each step beginning with the letter “S.”

How to Make Pork Broth

Yield: about 4 quarts

  • Soak: Place pork bones (and pig’s feet, if desired) in the stockpot. Cover with water and add vinegar. Let sit for 30-60 minutes to extract minerals from the bones. For enhanced flavor, you can roast meaty bones before soaking.
  • Skim: Bring the pot to a gentle rolling boil and skim any scum that forms on the surface. Add the coarsely chopped vegetables after skimming.
  • Simmer: Reduce the temperature to low and gently simmer, covered, for 12-24 hours.
  • Strain: Once the broth has cooled to room temperature, strain it from the bones and veggies and transfer it into storage containers.
  • Store: Refrigerate the broth for up to 7 days. Freeze any surplus that won’t be consumed within a week.
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4. Culinary Explorations: Unleash Your Creativity

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary culinary adventure! Pork broth brings a unique flavor profile to the table, making it an excellent alternative for a wide range of recipes. Simply substitute pork broth wherever you would typically use chicken or beef broth.

Personally, I find the flavor of chicken and pork broth rather similar, but taste is subjective. Experiment and decide for yourself! Asian cuisine, in particular, embraces pork broth, making it an ideal match for various Asian noodle soups.

Speaking of Asian noodle soups, my travel experiences throughout Asia have fostered my love for these delightful culinary creations. In fact, my new book, “Fearless Broths and Soups: Ditch the Boxes and Cans with 60 Simple Recipes for Real People on Real Budgets,” features an Asian pork chop noodle soup recipe that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

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Within the pages of my book, you’ll discover a wealth of Asian noodle soup recipes, including Thai Coconut Curry Chicken Soup, Taiwanese Pork Noodle Soup, and Vietnamese Pho. Fear not if Asian soups aren’t your cup of broth; I’ve included chapters dedicated to creamy vegetable soups, simple sausage and meatballs, and seafood-based soups. Rest assured, all these recipes can be elevated with the magic of pork broth.

Embrace the Art of Homemade Broth

Creating your own broth is a splendid way to enhance your self-sustainability and embark on a scratch-cooking journey. Store-bought broth can easily be replaced in countless recipes, allowing you to truly master the art of cooking from scratch. For those eager to delve deeper into the realm of scratch cooking, my Heritage Cooking Crash Course is a must-try.

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This exceptional course will equip you with the fundamental skills necessary to cook from scratch. With a combination of instructional videos and comprehensive written materials, you’ll be well on your way to honing your culinary prowess. Discover the Heritage Cooking Crash Course by clicking here.

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Craig Fear, a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), brings his expertise to you from Northampton, Massachusetts. Specializing in digestive health, Craig has authored “Fearless Broth and Soups” and created a complementary video course for bone broth making novices, aptly named “How to Make Bone Broth 101.” Connect with Craig on his blog, Fearless Eating, and follow him on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Let the art of crafting pork broth become a cornerstone of your culinary repertoire. Embark on a gastronomic adventure that embraces tradition, flavor, and the joy of creating wholesome dishes from scratch.