Salmon Fish Cakes

If you have just embarked on the GAPS protocol, you may wish to consider whether you are ready for this recipe. Consuming GAPS allowable food should be upheld in order to optimize healing the gut and restoring good gut flora, however it is an individual thing depending on two factors; 1. the particular stage of […]

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Preparing the mixture
  1. Peal the sweet potato (or alternative option) and cut into small square cubes. Place the cubes into a saucepan of water and bring to a boil. When the water is boiling, turn it down slightly to cook on a medium to high heat until the vegetable begins to soften but is not over cooked so that it is still firm. When cooked, strain the water and rinse the vegetable under water and allow to cool. Alternatively the vegetable can be oven roasted in duck fat from a left over meal. (Adding more fats to sweet potato improves the absorption of vitamin A).
  2. Dice the shallots and grate the onion and put aside.
  3. Whisk two eggs into a glass and put aside.
  4. When the sweet potato has cooled, place the cubed peices into a glass bowl along with the salmon, grated onion, diced shallots, eggs, salt and peper, and mix the ingredients without mashing the potato too much.
Cooking the pattie's
  1. Pre grease the frypan with some duck fat and heat on a medium heat.
  2. When all the ingredients are well combined, scoop a large spoonful and mould with your hands into a ball.
  3. Place the ball mixture into a fypan like a meat pattie and pat it down so that it is flat. Do this until you have used all the ingredients and made approximately 12 patties's.
  4. Cook the patties slowly to ensure that they are cooked all the way through on a medium heat. You may turn the heat up a little towards the end to further brown them. Much of the duck fat is consumed during the cooking process so you will need to add more duck fat as they progressively cook. When one side is browned, use an egglifter to quickly slide under the pattie to flip gently onto the other side. If done carefully they will remain in tact.
  5. When both sides are cooked, use an egg lifter to remove them from the fypan. These are then ready to eat and best served with a little fried tomato and fermented vegetables.
  6. Using unbleached baking paper, these fish cakes can be wrapped and stored in the freezer for ready made school lunches or GAPS snacks. They only take a few minutes to defrost in the oven on a low temperature to eat immidiately or you may take them out of the freezer the night before and placed in the fridge for the next mornings lunch box.
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Alternative Options

If you are not ready to add sweet potato to your diet, this recipe can use carrot or pumpkin in place of sweet potato.

Any fish can be used for this recipe.  GAPS Fish suggestions are mackerel, tuna, anchovies and salmon.

Meat Jelly Slice

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  1. Bring 2 litres of water to boil and place pigs trotters into the pot. Boil the trotters for a further 5 minutes and then remove the trotters from the pot whilst discarding the water. (this is to clean and prepare the trotters).
  2. Bring a new pot to boil with 3 litres of water with all 4 pigs trotters added (ensuring that they are completely covered).
  3. Add pepper, salt, onion and bay leaves and cook on a low heat with the lid on for 5 hours.
  4. By the 3rd Hour; add the remaining meat cuts and bring to the boil and lower the heat again. Make sure to keep the meat covered by the broth and top up if water if needed.
  5. Continue to cook with the lid slightly to the side to allow for some evaporation of the stock so that you can establish the right amount of broth for the perfect batch. Too much water will not allow the broth to solidify whilst too little can make it too hard.
  6. By the 4th Hour; add remaining vegetables except for the sliced garlic cloves. Cook for a further 50 minutes and add the garlic in the last 5 minutes. The broth should appear thick and the meat tender and soft. Turn off the heat and remove from the stove
  7. Strain all the meat and vegetables from the stock and remove any bones and unwanted parts from the pigs trotters. Set aside remaining meat and parts of meat from the trotters and throw away the vegetables. Remove and throw away the leak, celery and onion remains.
  8. Strain the broth again through a cheese cloth and set aside. Slice the carrots and meat collected from the pigs trotters and other meats. Place carrot slices, garlic and meat pieces in a deep dish and pour the broth over the top to ensure that all the meat is covered.
  9. Place meat jelly into the fridge to set overnight.
Recipe Notes

Serving

This can be cut into slices and served cold with salad or vegetables with a cup of meat stock.  It is important to always remember to eat protein with vegetables.

Points

You may alternatively use small bowls or cups to set and serve your meat jelly.

You may use other meats such as fish (salmon) or chicken to create this meal.

Optional additional ingredients after intro

½ tea spoon of appropriate all spice - this can be added to the pot at step three only when the patient is on the full GAPS Diet or has shown signs of digestion improvement.

Sprig of rosemary (if using lamb)

Almond Pumkin Bread

This recipe is acceptable for the GAPS Introduction Diet from stage Four onwards. It is easy to make and a favourite for GAPS children.  This recipe can be made using different nut or seed flours and you may wish to add different cooked vegetables to it. Print Recipe Almond Pumkin Bread Votes: 0 Rating: 0 […]

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  1. Preheat conventional oven at 150 degrees (almond flour burns easily so this recipe needs to be cooked slowly).
  2. Cook the pumpkin by boiling it or use previously roasted punpkin from a left over meal. I like to make extra pumkin with my meals for this purpose in mind.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl with hand held mixer on low. (do not over mix – just enough to ensure all ingredients is mixed and combined well)
  4. Line your bread tin with oven paper and pour ingredients in. Place in oven and cook for one hour (ensureing not to burn the top).
  5. When remove the bread from the oven, be sure to take it out of the tin immediately to allow it to cool by lifting the loaf out with the paper sides. This will avoid a darker crust because burnt nut flour is bitter. Let it sit and cook on the cooling rack with the paper still surrounding it. When it has cooled you may wrap the loaf in the baking paper and and place in a pyrex dish with a sealed lid to store in the fridge.
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Suggestions

Nice with some avocado or nut butter.  You can make thin slices and crisp them in a dehydrator which is great for homemade dips and  soup dunkers.  The bread is also great for dippity eggs.

Traditional Wild Sauerkraut & Sauerkraut Juice

Wild fermentation is specific to the live organisms naturally present on the raw vegetables. This is the traditional way to ferment vegetables and sauerkraut because there are abundant lactic acid bacteria on all plants and if submerged under its own juices with a good coverage of salt (regardless of what type vessel they are contained […]

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Cabbage mixture
  • 1 kg Cabbage The green cabbages produce more brine – select a good quality fresh organic cabbage that is not dry or too old
  • 2 - 3 tbl Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salt Salt is a traditional ingredient in sauerkraut because it increases shelf life, texture, and flavor. The amount of salt used can vary according to personal taste but too little can spoit the batch. The salt helps to preserve.
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  • 1 Fermenting Jar/Vessle There are many kinds of fermenting vessles on the market. You can make your own at home or spend extra money on something fancy. See our notes for recommendations
  • 1 Heavy weight this is used to keep the cabbage submerged under its own juices
  • 1 Cabbage/vegetable pounder This aids to help push and compress the cabbage or fermented vegetables so that they are submerged udner their own brine
  • 1 Unbleached cheesecloth
Prep Time 45 mins
Passive Time 4 weeks
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Cabbage mixture
  • 1 kg Cabbage The green cabbages produce more brine – select a good quality fresh organic cabbage that is not dry or too old
  • 2 - 3 tbl Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salt Salt is a traditional ingredient in sauerkraut because it increases shelf life, texture, and flavor. The amount of salt used can vary according to personal taste but too little can spoit the batch. The salt helps to preserve.
Special equipment
  • 1 Fermenting Jar/Vessle There are many kinds of fermenting vessles on the market. You can make your own at home or spend extra money on something fancy. See our notes for recommendations
  • 1 Heavy weight this is used to keep the cabbage submerged under its own juices
  • 1 Cabbage/vegetable pounder This aids to help push and compress the cabbage or fermented vegetables so that they are submerged udner their own brine
  • 1 Unbleached cheesecloth
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Sauerkraut Mixture
  1. Thinly slice or shred the cabbage and place it into a large bowl. A good quality mandolin is great for shredding. A big cooking pot is good to contain the cabbage for this will allow you to easily get your hands into the mix later.
  2. Add a generous amount of salt to the mixture and mix the salt into the cabbage with your hands. Let it sit for 10 – 20 minutes to allow the salt to draw out some of the cabbage juice naturally. Salt actually allows the cabbage to sweat so that juices can be extracted to create the brine. 2 tablesppons of salt per 1kg cabbage.
  3. After you have allowed the cabbage to sit for 20 minutes, mix, massage and knead the ingredients with your hands. Bruising the cabbage this way allows the cabbage to extract more natural brine solution. Keep kneading until you have squeezed a substantial amount of juice from the mixture. This may take approximately 10-20 minutes. It is always handy to have someone with strong hands to do the kneading & massaging.
  4. Place the cabbage mixture into the selected kraut vessel and pack and push the mixture down so that the cabbage is compacted in the bottom and the juice is sitting on the top of the cabbage with a minimum of 4 - 5cm’s or 2 inches of the juice above. It is important to push the cabbage down firmly so that no air is trapped and the cabbage is completely submerged in and under its own brine juice. A cabbage/vegetable pounder or potato masher can be a good tool for this.
  5. Most fermented vegetable kits will have a weight but if you do not have a kit with a weight, simply make your own weight by using a plate that fits snug in the fermenting vessle and place it on the top of the cabbage and then place a smaller jar (filled with water) on top of the plate to weigh the cabbage down and keep it submerged. Push the jar down and you will see more juice rise to the top. It is very important to ensure that all the sauerkraut is submerged under its own juice. Don’t worry if you don’t have a weight to push it down, just try to make sure that all the cabbage remains under the brine and if any bits float up, remove them throughout the process to prevent them from going mouldy.
  6. When all the cabage is submerged under its own juices with the weight keeping it down, cover the top with a double folded cheesecloth to keep away the dust and store in a dark place for four weeks (ie pantry). If you use a canning jar with a rubber ring top, and close the lid, be sure to burp it a few times in the first few days to release the pressure or it will burst - you won’t need the cheesecloth if you use this type of jar. Keep checking to remove any mould or scum build up floating on the top and make sure the kraut remains under its own juices. The sauerkraut may be consumed and ready to eat after 2 weeks but it matures better and contains more good bacteria wioth more time. The sauerkraut may be stored in the fridge after 2 - 4 weeks of fermentation. If there is any scum or mould development on the top – remove this. The kraut remaining under the juice will be fine.
  7. After the cabbage has completed the fermentation process it becomes preserved and will last up to 12 months in the fridge. Fermentation is the traditional way we preserved food before companies decided to create synthetic harmful preservative options.
Kraut Juice
  1. The juice remaining in the kraut jar is a by-product of the sauerkraut but it is just as probiotic and benneficial to consume as the kraut itself. Do not discard the juice, either leave it in the jar and consume it gradually along with the kraut or strain it into a bottle to use as a fermented probiotic drink. This juice is what we like to use in the introduction stages of the GAPS Diet. It is introduced slowely and methodically. Refer to the GAPS introduction stagesfor this method.
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Alternative options

This is a wild feremtnation method which often takes a little more time to ferment naturally, however you can assist this process further by inoculating the kraut batch with good bacteria from the very beginning by adding a vegetable starter culture to the mixture and massage that through with your hands along with the salt.

You may add other vegetables like grated carrots and other favourites such as caraway seeds or dill. 

Trouble shooting

If for any reason the cabbage is not submerged under enough of its own juices, you may need to add a small amount of filtered water with more salt (15 gms of salt to 1 ltr).

 

 

Almond Milk

Preparation in making nut milk is important, especially for people who already have digestive problems and food sensitivities. Almonds (as well as most other nuts) contain toxic substances known as enzyme inhibitors and phytates (phytic acid).  These toxins can play havoc in the digestive system, blocking nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, copper iron and especially […]

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Soaking and wrinsing
  1. Add 4 cups of water to a jug or bowl and mix in 1 tablespoon of salt
  2. Add 1 cup of almonds and cover with a tea towel or cheese cloth.
  3. Soak the nuts in the salt water brine for 12 hours in total, ensuring that you rinse the nuts twice during this time.
  4. When rinsing the nuts under filtered water the second time, aim to remove the salt residue and discard the salt water brine.
  5. Place the nuts in a clean jug or bowl and add 1 - 2 teaspoons of flaxseeds (optional) remainig 4 cups of water and place in the fridge for 2 – 3 hours. Adding the flaxseeds will allow the milk to thicken a little more. Exclude this step if you have no concern for thickness.
  6. If you wish to add a little sweetener to the milk, this will be the stage that you will need to add the pitted dates to the mixture to soak for a few hours. This is optional.
Blending and strainnig
  1. Add the soaked nut mixture from the fridge (including the water) to a good strong blender, vitamix or thermo mixer and blend for as long as it takes to break down the size of the nuts into a pulp consistency.
  2. Place a nut milk bag or cheesecloth over a bowl and pour the milk mixture through the cheesecloth or nut milk bag like a strainer.
  3. When all the pulp and liquid has been strained through the nut milk bag or cheesecloth, squeeze any excess milk from the pulp mixture with your hands, allowing the milk to drain through the cloth. If you find that the milk is too rich, simply add more filtered water.
  4. Store in the fridge for 2 – 3 days.

Carrot Cake Muffins

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  • 100 grams Butter Organic unprocessed or ghee
  • 2 cups Yoghurt Dripping yoghurt to produce thickened sour cream/fraiche
  • 5-6 tbs Raw honey Raw organic
  • 1-2 tbs lemmon juice Freshly squeezed
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 minutes
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  • 100 grams Butter Organic unprocessed or ghee
  • 2 cups Yoghurt Dripping yoghurt to produce thickened sour cream/fraiche
  • 5-6 tbs Raw honey Raw organic
  • 1-2 tbs lemmon juice Freshly squeezed
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Cake mixture
  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. (never cook recipes containing almond flour too high as it burns easily).
  2. Finely grate the carrots and place them in a small bowl. Pour the honey over the carrots and place them in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  3. Cover the dates with boiling water in a separate bowl and let them sit for 20 minutes also. When they are nice and soft, you can easily remove the pit inside.
  4. In a mixing bowl or thermomix - add eggs, carrot mixture, dates, vanilla extract, yoghurt, melted coconut oil and blend well until the mixture is runny.
  5. Add the remaining dry ingredients to the mixture and mix further until all combined into a thick paste.
  6. At the final stages, add the bicarbonate of soda to the top of the mixture and pour the 2 tablespoons of lemon juice on top. This will fiz at first. Turn the mixer on again to ensure that all final ingredinents are all blended well.
  7. Pour the mixture into bleach free baking cup cake holders linned within a 12 tin muffin tray and bake in a preheated oven at 175 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes. You can also make a carrot cake with this mixture but you will need to adjust the cooking time. You do not want the mixture to be too runny. If it is, simply add a little more almond flour to accommodate.
Frosting
  1. Drip your yoghurt to thicken or make some creme fraiche for best results as this will make it thick and creamier.
  2. Combine butter (that has softened at room temperature) with yoghurt and mix well.
  3. Gradually add the honey followed by the lemon juice. You don't have to use all the lemon juice if you don't want to, pending on preferred taste.
Recipe Notes

This recipe can make a locely carot cake or regular sized muffins or minni muffins.

Cooking Time for cake or muffins

The cake baking time is approximately 50 minutes

The muffin standard cup size makes approximately 12 with a bit left over to make mini muffins.  The standard muffin size cook time is approximately 30 minutes and the smaller mini size usually takes 20 minutes cooking time.

GAPS Staple Casserole

This recipe is a slow cooked method in the oven that produces a lovely tender meat that falls off the bone with a delicious flavour.  It can also be used for babies by blending the food in a food mixer with stock. *This recipe is appropriate for the GAPS Introduction Diet Stage Two – onwards […]

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Prep Time 45 Minutes
Cook Time 4-6 hrs
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Meat and Stock
  • 1 Lamb Shoulder See notes for other meat options
  • 1 Litre Filtered water Approcimate: this is dependant upon how bif the pot is and the size of the lamb
Herbs & Spices
Vegetables
  • 6-8 Cloves garlic Crushed - See notes caution
  • 1 Whole Onion Large - See notes caution
  • 2 Whole Celery sticks Finely diced - See notes caution
  • 2 Whole Carrots Finely diced - See notes caution
  • 1/2 Whole Pumpkin Cubed - See notes caution
  • 1/2 Head of Cauliflower Cut - See notes caution
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Prep Time 45 Minutes
Cook Time 4-6 hrs
Servings
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Ingredients
Meat and Stock
  • 1 Lamb Shoulder See notes for other meat options
  • 1 Litre Filtered water Approcimate: this is dependant upon how bif the pot is and the size of the lamb
Herbs & Spices
Vegetables
  • 6-8 Cloves garlic Crushed - See notes caution
  • 1 Whole Onion Large - See notes caution
  • 2 Whole Celery sticks Finely diced - See notes caution
  • 2 Whole Carrots Finely diced - See notes caution
  • 1/2 Whole Pumpkin Cubed - See notes caution
  • 1/2 Head of Cauliflower Cut - See notes caution
Special Equipment
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  1. Heat the oven to 140 degrees Celsius. Place your meat joint or other selection of meat into an oval cast iron pot and fill 2/3 with filtered water. Be sure not to cover the meat joint completely with water, because the exposed part at the top of the meat produces a lovely tasting stock for drinking. This recipe should allow you to save a few jars of stock when you are done.
  2. If tollerated (see recipe notes) dice some onion and celery and crush some garlic and saute in a seperate pan with a little lamb fat or duck fat and add to the pot. It is often nicew to salt the top of the lamb and add some of the sauteed ingredints on top as well as surrounding the lamb in the stock.
  3. Add salt, dried herbs, bay leaves and a sprig of rosemary. Cover with the pot with the lid and cook on very low heat for 4-6 hours (125 – 140 degrees Celsius).
  4. After 4 or 5 hours add a variety of chopped vegetables . We have made some suggestions for you above that work nicely but feel free to experiment with seasonal organic vegetables. At this time it is essential to leave the lid off in the final stages of cooking and increase the temperature to 180 degrees celsius and cook for a further 40-50 minutes.
  5. When cooked, serve the meat and vegetables and use the stock (strained through a sieve) for a warm drink with your meal. Keep left over stock in the fridge or freezer for later meals or stock drinks.
Recipe Notes

Alternative Recipe Options

You can use any of the following meats (joint meats are easier to digest than muscle meats) Try to use a broad range of different meats each time you cook this meal.

  • Shoulder of lamb
  • Joint of pork
  • Joint of beef
  • Pheasant
  • Quail
  • Venison
  • Whole chicken
  • Turkey legs
  • Lamb shanks

You may experiment by adding a variety of vegetables keeping a broad range in your diet, however make sure you are ready for them - Refer to clinical notes.

The fat content of these meals need to be quite high: the more fresh animal fats you consume the faster the recovery.  Be sure to add fermented vegetables with every serving.  If you are still in the introduction stage, avoid spices at this stage and only use herbs, salt, and bay leaves.  This meal is easy to cook and provides you with a variety of options to choose from.  If you make a large batch, this meal is easily frozen and defrosted and heated in a glass Pyrex dish with a glass lid in the oven.  Cooking several of these meals and freezing them will allow you to have a break in the kitchen.

This method can be achieved with a slow cooker

Clinical Notes:

Avoid vegetables and consume only the meat and stock from this recipe if the patient is experiencing profuse diarrhoea.  Vegetables should be added gradually until well tollerated and digestion improves.

*This recipe is appropriate for the GAPS Introduction Diet Stage Two - onwards

Meat Stock

A good meat stock must be made with several kinds of bones with meat still on them.  This recipe allows you to select the category of meat stock you wish to make whether it be beef or chicken etc and from those lists, the selections allow you to choose from the bones and meat cuts […]

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Meat Stock
Meat stock provides important building blocks for the rapidly growing cells in the gut lining and has a soothing effect on any area of inflammation in the gut. That is why they aid digestion and have been known for centuries as healing folk remedies for the digestive tract. Do not use commercially available soup stock granules or bouillon cubes, they are highly processed and are full of detrimental ingredients. Chicken stock is particularly gentle on the stomach and is very good to start from. To make good meat stock you need joints, bones, gelatinous meat (which is meat on the bone like a whole chicken, lamb necks/shanks or osso buco cuts), giblets from chicken, goose or duck, whole pigeons, pheasants or other inexpensive meats. It is essential to use bones and joints, as they provide the healing substances, not so much the muscle meats. Ask your butcher to cut some large tubular marrow bones in half, so you can get the bone marrow out of them after cooking. The bone marrow can be added to soup broths or eaten just as it is. Meat stock and bone broth are two different things. Meat stock is made over a few hours with raw bones and meat, where as bone broth is made with old cooked bones and cooked over 12 – 24 hours. The intro diet suggests using meat stock and when intro is complete, you can try the bone broth if you want to. This recipe has supplied a few options of bones and meat cuts to choose from, however you are not limited to them. Other cuts from goat and game etc can also be used and are very delicious. Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride strongly recommends local game sources for nourishment. *This meat stock recipe is appropriate for the GAPS Introduction Diet Stage One - onwards
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Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 2-3 Hours
Passive Time 30 Minutes
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Chicken or other Poultry Stock
Lamb Stock: Your meat joint must contain bones with marrow, soft tissue and bones with meat still attached to it
  • 4-6 Lamb neck bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 4 Lamb shank Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 1-2 Lamb shoulder joint Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 2-4 Lamb meaty rib bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 2-4 Lamb trotters Highly recommended: This helps make the stock more gelatinous
Beef Stock: Your meat joint must contain bones with marrow, soft tissue and bones with meat still attached to it
  • 6 Beef Osso buco cuts Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 1-2 Beef shoulder joint Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 4-6 Beef marrow bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • Beef meaty rib bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 4-8 Beef knuckle bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 2-4 Calf Hooves Highly recommended: This helps make the stock more gelatinous
Pork Stock: Your meat joint must contain bones with marrow, soft tissue and bones with meat still attached to it
  • 2-4 Meaty pork rib bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 4-6 Pork neck bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 1-2 Pork shoulder joint Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 4-6 Pork marrow bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 2-4 Pigs trotters Highly recommended: This helps make the stock more gelatinous
Fish Stock
  • 1 Whole fish Select mackeral, herring or salmon. Skins, head and fins are required.
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 2-3 Hours
Passive Time 30 Minutes
Servings
4 litre pot
Ingredients
Basic ingredients
Chicken or other Poultry Stock
Lamb Stock: Your meat joint must contain bones with marrow, soft tissue and bones with meat still attached to it
  • 4-6 Lamb neck bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 4 Lamb shank Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 1-2 Lamb shoulder joint Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 2-4 Lamb meaty rib bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 2-4 Lamb trotters Highly recommended: This helps make the stock more gelatinous
Beef Stock: Your meat joint must contain bones with marrow, soft tissue and bones with meat still attached to it
  • 6 Beef Osso buco cuts Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 1-2 Beef shoulder joint Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 4-6 Beef marrow bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • Beef meaty rib bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 4-8 Beef knuckle bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 2-4 Calf Hooves Highly recommended: This helps make the stock more gelatinous
Pork Stock: Your meat joint must contain bones with marrow, soft tissue and bones with meat still attached to it
  • 2-4 Meaty pork rib bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 4-6 Pork neck bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 1-2 Pork shoulder joint Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 4-6 Pork marrow bones Number selected for these are dependant on what is available: Select at least 3-4 from this group
  • 2-4 Pigs trotters Highly recommended: This helps make the stock more gelatinous
Fish Stock
  • 1 Whole fish Select mackeral, herring or salmon. Skins, head and fins are required.
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Instructions
  1. With the exception of large meat cuts such as a shoulder joint or ribs, place all other bones, joints and meats into a large pot and fill it up with filtered water, add natural unprocessed salt to your taste at the beginning of cooking and about a teaspoon of black peppercorns, roughly crushed (optional – pepper sometimes too hot for children). Apple cider vinigar can be added at this point.
  2. Large cuts of meat or bones with meat on them such as the shoulder joints or ribs can be lightly browned in a low oven at 175 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes and then added to the pot.
  3. If you are making fish stock you need bones, fins, skins and the whole fish head NOT THE MEAT. Buy your fish whole and cut the fish meat from the bones to use for a seperate meal and use the rest of the fish to make your stock.
  4. If you are folowing the Full GAPS Diet, you may add the onion, carrot and celery to the pot. You do not need to cut them finely as it will make it easier to be removed and discarded later. If you are following the introduction diet stages, we recommend you avoid the vegetables at this time.
  5. Bring to boil, cover and simmer on a low heat as shown below: • 2 ½ - 3 hours for beef, lamb, pork and game • 1 ½ -2 hours for chicken and • 1 – 1 ½ hours for fish stock. This is the measured cooking time frame to make your nutrient meat stock. Bone stock without the meat cuts are usually longer. The longer you cook the stock the more nutrients and the softer the bones become for fishing out marrow.
  6. After cooking for the recommended time above, remove the meat and bones by straining the stock ingredients through a sieve. You can do this by collecting the stock under the strainer into a larger pot. Strip off all the meat and soft tissues from the bones as best as you can and extract the bone marrow out of the large tubular bones while they are still warm: to do that bang the bone on a thick wooden chopping board. The gelatinous soft tissues around the bones and the bone marrow provide some of the best healing remedies for the gut lining and these should be put aside with the meat that has been stripped from the bones to add later to the soup. It is also ok for the patient to eat the marrow and soft tissue direct from the bones.
  7. Strain the remaining stock with a cheesecloth to remove all remaining small bones, pepper corns and any vegetables that were added. Discard any tiny bones and vegetables added. Storethe stock in wide mouthed freezer safe mason jars in the fridge or freezer. The meat stock will keep well in the fridge for at least 7 days or it can be frozen.
Recipe Notes

If you wish to make bone stock and cook the ingredients for longer to extract more nutrients from the bones, we recommend you discard the meat afterwards as it will be over cooked but still produce a good meat/bone broth. Some people like to cook their stocks all day or overnight.

Butcher supplies for meat stock

The ratio of ingredients is individual and dependant on the size of the batch you wish to make but keep in mind that some stock should be reserved for drinking and some for making your batch of soup.  The remainder of your ingredients will depend on what type of meat stock you are making.  Here is a list of bone selections you can ask for at your organic butcher shop.

Beef, Lamb, Pork or Game Selections

  • Large tubular marrow bones
  • Gelatinous meats
  • Meaty rib bones
  • Osso Buco cuts
  • Knuckle bones
  • Shanks
  • Neck bones
  • Tail bones
  • Trotters
  • Joints
  • Ears

Poultry Selections

  • Whole chicken & extra chicken frames
  • Feet from one chicken
  • Gizards & giblets
  • Spatchcock
  • Pheasants
  • Pigeon
  • Goose
  • Duck

Fish Selections

  • Fish frames with heads (no fish meat)
  • Skins
  • Fins

Hints & Facts:

  • Add half a cup of apple cider vinegar to help draw out minerals from the bones and into the stock such as calcium potassium and magnesium. Some people may not be ready to add this during intro.
  • Choose fatty fish like mackerel or salmon. But make sure they are not farmed or preserved in any way.
  • Gelatine as the substance extracted by boiling bones, hoofs, trotters and soft animal tissues from gelatinous meats.
  • The onion carot and celery sticks should be avoided for patients in the introductions diet stages.  These can be added later on full gaps for added stock flavour.  They can be freshly cut as shown in the instructions or sauteed in a pan prior to adding to pot  for added flavour

Contrary to popular belief meat, fish and organ meats like liver and kidney have the highest contents of vitamins, amino acids nourishing fats, many minerals and other nutrients which we need in order to be adequately nourished.

Charting the highest source of essential nutrients

Clinical Notes:

Low fibre is the aim initially (especially for people who have profuse watery diarhoea), however if you are more prone to constipation, you can add onion, celery and cabbage to the stock for more flavour.