I confess I am a bit of a freak, I have been wanting to get my hands on some chicken’s feet. Hear me out on this one, I have good reasons. I regularly make bone broths. I believe they’re a great source of trace minerals, but also they are soothing and healing to the gut. The modern diet and gluten intolerance’s tears the gut up, literally they call it Leaky Gut. Do you want the stuff in your intestines squeezing out into the rest of your body? Gross. I believe my grandpa with his Celiac’s really should use more broths. I have only gotten one batch of really gelatinous broth (further testament to the freak I am is that I celebrated and showed everyone how proud and happy I was about my jiggly broth), and that was with oxtail (which of course my farmer didn’t have anymore of when I was ready for another batch). Cue in chicken feet and my eagerness to get my hands on some. They make a bomb gelatinous broth.
What does this mean for your health and why am I so excited about lumpy broth? Collagen is the key word here. Raise your hands if you want functioning joints and beautiful skin. Broth made with feet has the amino acids (proline, glycine and hydroxyproline) which are vital for collagen production. Gelatin is derived from collagen and it is the protein puzzle piece of it. Not to mention that you’ll be getting trace minerals and glucosamine chondroitin.
What can it hurt to toss a little chicken feet into your next batch of broth? Ask your local farmer if they have any on hand and give it a try.