Almost every single website and recipe for making bone broth mentions using apple cider vinegar.
And for good reason.
Vinegar and apple cider vinegar, in particular, are a great addition to your broth because they will add to the health and nutritional benefits you get from consuming this delicious hot liquid.
Let’s take a look at exactly what you get but adding a gulp of vinegar to your stock pot.
Get More Minerals From Your Broth
The main reason to add vinegar to your broth is to get more of the minerals and trace elements out of the bones.
The acidity of the vinegar helps dissolve minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium from the bones and into the broth itself.
One of the big health benefits of broth comes from the fact that it is so dense in minerals and nutrients we are lacking in our modern diet.
So do yourself a favor and add a big splash of vinegar to the pot.
It doesn’t have to be Apple Cider Vinegar. Even plain white will do in a pinch.
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It’s A Preservative
The second reason to add vinegar is because it acts as a preservative.
The acidic nature of any type of vinegar will kill bacteria and make sure your finished broth is still safe to consume after a few days.
This works similar to the way pickling preserves vegetables and fish.
Don’t rely on just the vinegar alone though. There isn’t enough to kill everything (which we don’t want anyway).
Store your broth in the fridge after it has cooled or freeze it for long-term storage.
Why Apple Cider Vinegar
If any type of vinegar will work to leach out minerals and act as a preservative, why do so many recipes call for apple cider vinegar?
ACV is the vinegar of choice in health food circles because of its added benefits to digestion.
Good, organic, unpasteurized ACV is full of gut-healthy bacteria. It also includes active yeast and essential amino acids.
Adding this type of vinegar to your broth gives it that extra nutritional boost you just won’t get from plain white vinegar.
Where to Get Apple Cider Vinegar
You can find quality apple cider vinegar at your local health food store and even in the health food section of your local grocery store.
A popular brand is Braggs. If you can’t find it locally, Amazon is a great source of Bragg’s products including their ACV.
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