"Science validates what our grandmothers knew. Rich homemade chicken broths help cure colds. Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons--stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain."
Easy Chicken Stock Recipe
First, I roast a chicken, then I cut off the meat to serve for dinner.
Then in a crockpot, I put:
carcass/bones from roast chicken
2 stalks of celery
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons of cider vinegar
1 tsp black pepper
Leave this to sit for one hour before turning the crock pot on (or bring to a simmer if you are making it in a pot.) After it comes to a boil, remove the scum that floats to the top and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 8-24 hours--this is easier to do in a crock pot than on the stove. Skimming the soup is very important as the scum contains the impurities and proteins which can make it taste off. The longer you simmer that more minerals are extracted. (Optional: put in one bunch parsley in 10 minutes before you turn off.) Strain the liquid and refrigerate. Remove fat from the top when it is cool. Season with salt.