Bone broth is a great addition to your diet, celebrated for its rich nutritional profile. Learning how to make your own is a great addition to your culinary skills.
We wanted to highlight a few things about bone broth before the workshop, so we asked Kate a few questions about her background and her company.
And space is limited for our May 7th workshop – Register here!
Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I have spent the last 13 years working in the functional healthcare setting providing nutrition and lifestyle education. I practice and teache The Paleo Diet, although my approach is integrative – with both scientific and intuitive insight – to best serve the individual needs of each client. My services include healthy lifestyle design, meal planning, customized coaching, elimination/anti-inflammatory diet education, specialty cooking classes, grocery tours and other food-sourcing tips.
I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Human Food and Nutrition / Pre-Medical Emphasis, but really, my own journey of seeking better health as my best teacher.
In 2015, I founded BRAISED Bone Broth Company, crafting nutrient dense foods that are “consciously convenient” to serve busy families seeking optimal health. I am also a devoted student and instructor of Adamantine Yoga and have 2 children, ages 10 and 6 months.
Q: What is bone broth?
A: Bone broth is the ultimate slow food – just the opposite of today’s “fast food.” Prepared with traditional braising methods, it is indeed a labor of love. The old – bone broth dates back to the Stone Age – is new again as the “paleo diet” gains in popularity and the renaissance of artisanal handcrafted products is upon us. Bone broth is touted by professional athletes, celebrities, health and nutrition experts, bloggers, chefs, and wholesome home cooks and is as diverse in its flavor, uses, and nutrition as the people in all parts of the world who rely on it as a dietary staple.
Traditional, nourishing and authentic bone broth is created from a slow-simmer of a few humble ingredients: water, bones, vinegar, and salt. It contains beneficial nutrients like collagen, gelatin, minerals, electrolytes, and amino acids.
Q: Why should I consume regular bone broth?
A: People of varying levels of health consume this product for the nutritional benefits. Our consumers range from the extremely health conscious to individuals being medically treated for a condition. Bone broth is a practical food with simply digested protein and nutrients providing a daily dose of preventative care or supporting a patient with necessary nutrition when appetite is affected by treatments. In either case, making regular homemade bone broth can be burdensome to the average busy American.
We created our company because bone broth has been at the center of our kitchen for generations and used in many of our homemade recipes and natural ‘cures’. It is a staple for both its flavor and superfood nutrition. Bone broth is its own food group in our diet – clean protein, healthy fat, vegetables, and bone broth anchor almost every meal. We believe you will benefit as much as we have from its regular use making you both healthier and known as a fabulous cook!
Q: How is BRAISED Bone Broth made?
A: Our broth uses traditional braising cooking methods for a minimum of 18 hours. We use proprietary technology that conducts heat from the inside-out as opposed to the traditional stock pot which conducts from the outside-in. This slowly simmers the broth more evenly and controls the cooking temperature to avoid the foamy layer of contaminates that rises to the top of homemade bone broth. It also extracts more nutrition and flavor from the bones than what can be done in the typical kitchen.
Q: Where is BRAISED Bone Broth made?
A: Right here in Central Iowa. Our kitchen facility is USDA/FDA inspected and monitored with a Quality Assurance regulatory department to oversee each step of our process. We have a fully implemented and enforced HACCP program and we are third-party audited.
Q: What do you love about Des Moines?
A: I love that I can still be a small townie while living in the city. It’s just enough of each rural rootsy-ness (did I make up this word?) and urban culture for me. I love all the cliche things people say – safe place for families, supportive for young professionals and entrepreneurs; wonderful, kind, neighborly, salt-of-the-earth folks, and enough diverse culture/cuisine to keep us stimulated and globally inspired.
Specifically – I love Zanzibar Coffee Adventure, Gong Fu, Adamantine Yoga, Campbell’s Nutrition, Table 128, Alba, Fresh Cafe & Market, Wallace Farms, Dogpatch Urban Farms, Worn Boutique…all locally owned.
The perfect Saturday morning is spent foraging through the Farmers’ Market or West End Architectural Salvage. The Perfect afternoon is taking a hike through Walnut Woods, walk or bike ride on one of our beautiful trails. And once date night gets put back on the calendar, a dinner out at Baru 66 and some ballroom/salsa dancing classes, an enriching flick at The Varsity, a gallery showing or a production at the Civic Center is my brand of romance. As a cradle Catholic gone astray from organized religion, attending mass at the remarkable St John’s Basilica has rekindled a healthy respect for my spiritual roots in providing my children a holy practice and communal church experience that feels quite universal.
Want to make your own bone broth?
Join this workshop to sample bone broth, learn how to prepare your own, and take home a package of Braised Bone Broth, complete with stir-ins and recipes!
Space is limited so please purchase tickets here.
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