Can i microwave bone broth?
Bone broth has become an increasingly popular food item in recent years, thanks to its numerous health benefits. However, many people who make bone broth often find themselves with excess stock and are unsure what to do with it.
In this article, we will be answering one of the most common questions asked about bone broth: can you microwave bone broth? While cooking in a microwave might seem like an easy and convenient way to heat up your soup, there are certain things you need to consider before popping that bowl into the microwave.
What is Bone Broth?
Before we delve deeper into whether or not you can microwave bone broth, let’s first talk about what it actually is.
Bone broth is a type of liquid made by simmering bones (often chicken or beef) for several hours along with water and various vegetables and spices. The result is a nutrient-rich broth loaded with vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, collagen, glycine, proline, chondroitin, glucosamine, and gelatin.
Many people consume bone broth regularly because of its many health benefits including improving gut health, reducing inflammation, boosting immunity levels, increasing joint mobility, aiding digestion and promoting healthy skin.
Microwaving Bone Broth
Now let’s get down to business – can you reheat your leftover batch of golden goodness from last night using a spoonfuls-bearing weapon called the knife supersized version electrically powered thingy (aka microwave)?
The short answer – yes(ish). You can generally reheat your delicious elixir provided that 1) It was stored properly in either glass jars or air-tight freezer bags within two hours after being cooked 2) You don’t use any plastic materials since they might release harmful chemicals when heated in the microwave oven3) Always utilise boiling water bath after refrigerating while storing 4) stir the broth halfway through reheating and check it regularly to maintain some control instead of assuming that you will remember5) always let the container cool down for a couple of minutes before pouring your steaming hot bowl as microwaved items tend to become hotter after they are removed from the oven.
Microwave Friendly Bone Broth Recipes
Now, suppose heating bone broth in a microwave is like cheap wine. In that case, we urge you not to do so since both usually end up leaving an unsatisfactory taste in your palate! Fear NOT! Here are two recipes (sans microwave) that can help turn your excess bone broth into incredibly delicious dishes:
Recipe 1: Creamy Carrot Soup Made With Chicken Stock
- One tablespoon olive oil
- Half-small onion chopped
- Two garlic cloves sliced/chopped finely
- Three cups low-sodium chicken stock/bone broth
- Four large carrots – peeled and sliced.
- Half-teaspoon dried thyme
- Kosher salt & black pepper if preferred
- A dollop or two of heavy cream (optional)
- Heat up a saucepan over medium heat, then add olive oil and let it heat up for about 30 seconds.
- Add onions/garlic cloves until tender, which usually takes around five minutes
- Pour three cups of chicken/ bone broths, bring it to boil then reduce the heat allowing for a simmer till tender(five – six minutes)
- Remove from fire source then add sliced carrots with one teaspoon dried Thyme seasoning simmering under water just enough until they Tender(roasting helps maximise flavour).
5.Simmer ’till everything softens(many people prefer a smooth version at this step). Use any grinding gadget (blender)- however often call upon immersion blender or handheld($40-$200)/electric($25-$100) mixers are versatile selections as they fit pots better plus easy clean-up and also no jars spilling hot soup.
6.You can add some heavy cream if you want the creamy consistency of carrot soups.
Two hours of simmering may seem like a lot for those who use microwaves daily, but this recipe is guaranteed to make your taste buds thank you!
Recipe 2: Egg Drop Soup Made With Beef Broth
- Four cups beef broth
- Two eggs
- One tablespoon soy sauce(for flavo(u)r)
- Half-teaspoon ground ginger(just not too much or it will become unpleasant when mixed with eggs)
1. Bring your four cups of beef stock/broth in medium-sized saucepan to boil at over high heat.
2.Remove from heat source then beat two large eggs alongside half teaspoon ground ginger seasoning and one tablespoon low-fat soy sauce in small bowl meanwhile reducing heat on stove(which helps avoid scrambled egg formation -ewwh!)
3.Get that spoon ready to drizzle the beaten mixture slowly into the hot broth while stirring well continuously(almost perpendicular).
4.If desired, season with salt/pepper(or nothing).
Yummy, delicious comfort food in less than ten minutes!The ingredients are readily available,and it’s inexpensive enough merely boiling bone broth by itself (without carrots).
The Microwave Alternative
We understand that sometimes there might be scenarios where using a microwave is unavoidable. In such cases, here is how you should ensure safe consumption:
- Use glass containers or ceramic bowls rather than plastic ones since these materials don’t react chemically with foods as much
2.Use separate covers before heating up(decreasing any loss from liquid droplets), allowing steam outlets either via lid openings(leave gaps) or vents(freezer-to-microwave box versions).
3.Cover food partially with wax papers or paper towels, and perforate them to prevent any pressure build-up(due to starch) while cooking
- Make sure you stir the broth halfway through the reheating process.
5.Maintain control by continually checking its temperature, which can be done using a thermometer(No! only kidding, touch it- simple as that!!).
Bone broth is wonderful for your health; however, before microwaving the liquid gold in your fridge/ freezer(calling elixir dirty water), remember that bone broths last up-to 7days refrigerated whilst up-to six months in freezers where they are considered one of those quick meal prep alternatives due to their versatility.
If you do need to use a microwave oven again, ensure you follow some best microwave practices since such an appliance uses electromagnetic waves (yay science)to heat food.
So always let it cool down with good timing while salivating over delicious recipe ideas like creamy carrot soup and beef drop egg soup. Can I microwave bone broth? Yes! Is it optimal? No! There’ll always be ways of making good quality food taste better(hopefully sans radiation!), so never stop experimenting- after all,’variety is the spice of life’.