One of my favorite discoveries at last November’s Wise Traditions conference was Real Bone Broth, a small company that ships (via the Wise Choice Market) frozen containers of traditionally-simmered bone broth — right to your doorstep.
On a cold winter’s day, nothing hits the spot like a steaming bowl of bone broth — especially when I’m feeling under the weather. Not only does it warm me from the inside out, it’s also an terrifically nutritious superfood. Packed with health-promoting minerals like calcium and magnesium, bone broth is also loaded with collagen and gelatin, making it a magical elixir that boosts both intestinal and joint health. And did I mention how wonderful it tastes? Done properly, bone broth reveals its divine depth and adds a robust, umami dimension to your soups and stews.
I usually make my own bone broth (typically with either a slow cooker or pressure cooker), but for those who are too busy, sick, or lazy to bother, Real Bone Broth may be just the ticket. It’s like having your mommy sending you a tummy-warming hug through the mail.
I knew I had to share this great product with you, so I reached out to the owners of Real Bone Broth to see if they’d be willing to sponsor a giveaway — and to answer some questions I had about their bone broth. Keep reading to check out my Q&A with Alexandra Rains, one of owners of Real Bone Broth, and to find out how to enter to win!
NNP: Who’s the dynamic duo behind Real Bone Broth? What are your backgrounds, and how did you meet?
RBB: We are Alexandra and Reb! We technically met when I was three years old because Reb is my Uncle, and that is when he married my Aunt Sharon. I am a Certified Nutritional Therapist as well as a CrossFit Coach in Orange County. Reb is a former professional chef who has owned and inspired the menu for multiple successful restaurants and now owns his own business in San Diego, California. We both love food and are committed to the Paleo/ Weston A. Price philosophies.
NNP: How did you decide to start a company providing frozen bone broth? What are your biggest challenges?
RBB: The idea for the broth really started with my aunt, Sharon Brown, who is a certified GAPS practitioner and Nutritionist in Solana Beach, CA. Sharon started the website GAPSinfo.com. She had so many clients who desperately needed to be on the GAPS diet (which incorporates a large amount of bone broth into the protocol), but were unable or unwilling to make it for themselves. I also noticed the same thing with my clients: people understood the importance of it, but just didn’t want to make it. Broth was already a huge staple in both of our homes. My Uncle Reb, being the chef at heart that he is, recommended we make it for people, and Real Bone Broth began.
Our biggest challenges are really just making sure that as our production increases, our quality remains the same. We are so protective over the process and making sure that we maintain the integrity of every pot of broth. We will only use ingredients that we would use to make it for our families. We understand how important this is for people. It is used to heal, nourish and feed people. In that sense, it’s such a blessing. It’s also a tremendous responsibility and challenging because we want to make enough broth for everyone in the country — but we aren’t willing to sacrifice quality to do so.
NNP: What are some key points you want my readers to know about you, your company, or bone broth in general?
RBB: I think I touched on it in my previous answer. Reb and I really understand bone broth. He understands it from a chef’s perspective: he understands the importance of maintaining temperature during cooking, he can look at a pot of broth and tell if it’s going to gel well, what the coloring of the broth means. I know it from a practitioner perspective: I understand how it heals, the components of the broth that make it so nourishing, the importance of the ingredients (apple cider vinegar, Selina brand celtic sea salt, all organic ingredients). This is the bone broth that we feed to the children in our family and the broth that I bring to friends when they are sick. We don’t take shortcuts or leave steps out for the sake of production. Also, we always encourage people to make their own broth. But when you can’t or you are too busy, you can have confidence that the product you purchase from us will be just the way you would make it at home. Broth is beautiful!
See? Awesome folks behind an awesome product. Oh, and they’ve generously offered to award one of my lucky readers with a boatload of broth.
What’s up for grabs?
The prize consists of 6 packs of organic beef bone broth AND 6 packs of organic chicken broth. Each pack contains 24 fluid ounces which means you’ll have THIRTY-SIX (36!) cups of bone broth in your freezer!
**UPDATE ON 1/24/13: The giveaway is OVAH! Congrats to Sarah C. from North Carolina!**
What do you have to do?
- Like the Real Bone Broth Facebook fan page.
- Add me to your circles on Google+ OR like my Facebook fan page. (Either is fine — but I’d love it if you did both! I just started my Google+ page, and it’s kind of lonely over there…)
- Leave ONE comment at the end of this post telling me you followed steps 1 & 2 by Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. PST.
- I will randomly choose a winner on Thursday. Once notified via email, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or I’ll pick another winner.