Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place

We’re all in this together, or out of it (the public?) together depending on the way you look at it? With everything going on in the world with COVID–19 we’ve been asked to stay at home as much as we can to mitigate the spread of the virus. After sheltering in place for a week and working from home I’ve noted a few things I’ve found essential to do and keep in the home. I know the internets are pretty full right now with these ideas but these really are some key takeaways I’ve noted in the last week.

Use a pressure cooker

If you don’t have one of these already – you really need one. Sure you’re stuck at home all day so in theory you can use a slow cooker because supposedly time is on your side, but in my experience the evening still rolls around after dealing with kids and work – that the need to pressure cook a pork shoulder really quick is absolutely necessary.

Go on a walk

We’re all working from hope but that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside (yet). I’ve tried to still move as much as possible while being stuck at home and that includes taking calls outside and going on walks. I typically would do this at work anyway so carrying it over to working from home is a no brainer. If you have a phone call you have to be on – go outside – synthesize vitamin d and move around at a slow pace.

Make bone broth

If you have an instant pot or not you can finally take a stab at making some bone broth. You can follow this recipe to make one in an instant pot or you can follow this recipe to make it the low and slow way in a Lodge dutch oven. It’ll help boost your immunity, the collagen will help you sleep better and it’s just a fun thing to do. Now’s the time to take stab at it.

Ferment something

Ferment something, anything. Make some kombucha. Ferment some pickles. Make some beet kvass. If you’re at home all day, you have the luxury of trying out some of these super old school ways of doing things. They’re really easy, they’re fun for the kids and they have really good health benefits because of the natural probiotics produced in the fermentation process.

Buy a whole animal

Who knows how long this thing is gonna go on, but I’m already being told I can’t buy the quantity of meat I want to buy. My grocery stores are limited to 2 packs of meat per person… that’s like 4 ribeyes. That’ll last me 2 days. I can’t keep going back to the store every other day so the best bet for me and you is to find a local farmer and purchase a whole animal. It’s the most cost effective way to purchase meat and you get to use every part of the animal this way. The best way to go about doing this is to check out the eat wild website and look for farmers and ranchers near you to develop relationships with to purchase a whole animal.

Rice, beans and corn tortillas won’t kill you

Look – I typically eat no carb or low carb but some days a taco or 5 really sound good. Eating a gluten free corn tortilla isn’t that many carbs and if you make your own, especially with this blue masa, it’s tasty and super healthy still. Eating white rice, basmati specifically, isn’t terrible either with its low GI. Beans can be a last resort but can also be fun to prepare if you prepare them the traditional way by soaking and then cooking up in some lard. You could be doing a lot worse. I wouldn’t make these a staple but on occasion throwing them into your sheltering in place routine can be a nice treat.

Sleep long

We don’t have to commute anymore. Sleep is so important. Take advantage of this time and put sleep as a priority. I can’t honestly say I’m succeeding in this area because I’ve been surfing in the morning instead of swimming like I typically do for “moving around at a slow pace” – but I kinda love surfing more than sleep. I know, I’m not taking my own advice, but if the surf looks terrible I’ll be taking myself up on my own advice.

Plan a garden

Again who knows how long we’ll be stuck inside. If you don’t have a garden yet now would be a good time to plan one and get it going for the spring. My advice is to be realistic and plant only the things you know you’ll want to eat or consume on a regular basis. What does that look like for my family? Kale, spinach, dill, cilantro, squash, strawberries, blueberries, citrus trees. Just take a look at what you typically buy and make a plan to try to be ever so self sustaining. If you live in Southern California – I’ve found this book to be a great resource.

Make some art

Where would we be without art?! Lol well I may be a little biased considering I have a BFA in Graphic Design. I’ve literally taken more art classes than math, history and literature combined. While you’re confined to your home try to make some art. Then one day you’ll be able to look back and remember this time that you were confined to your home, for what probably seems like an eternity, and have an art piece set in time to remember the quarantine. Van Gogh painted some of his best and most well known works, Starry Night and Irises, when he was stuck in a mental institution after cutting off his own ear – is that bad to relate our stay at home order to Van Gogh’s time in a mental institution? Either way, all good art has stories behind them, this could be your time to do the same thing. Paint a picture, build something, do some graphic design, draw with chalk on the sidewalk with your kids – just go make something from nothing.

Enjoy family

As cheesy as it sounds – we’ll never get this time back – a friend reminded me of this the other day and it really is true. Unfortunate as it is with the whole world getting sick with this virus, it’s placed the rest of us in a unique situation where we have no other option than being stuck at home. We can either make the most of it or let it drive us mad. We should try as best as we can to see this as a unique opportunity with our family and make memories with them because once it’s all over (hopefully someday) we’ll look back on this time and wish we had it back. As Andy once famously said on The Office – “I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them”.


These are just a few things that I’ve noted this last week. If you have any ideas on what’s helping you get through the quarantine – feel free to share them in the comments below. Stay primal, healthy and safe everyone!

Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup

Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup

To be honest I’m not sure how I first came across this Martha Stewart recipe for cauliflower cheddar soup. I know we wanted to try out a simple recipe with cauliflower and cheddar and we just came across this one and now we make it pretty much every week. Our daughter loves it so much too that my wife and I normally double the recipe and freeze a bunch of extra containers for our little one and for us.

Cauliflower

I love this recipe first because it’s super simple. Second because it’s a great way to get grass fed dairy into your diet. We use a Kerrygold grass fed butter and a Kerrygold grass fed white sharp cheddar cheese.

Kerrygold Grass Fed Sharp White Cheddar Cheese

Third is that you can use some bone broth as the recipe called for and man after all that this is one nutritious soup. Fourth is that I can get all these ingredients at Costco (minus the bone broth. You can get that here).

Bone Broths Co.

It makes it super easy to plan for this meal because it’s really no planning at all!

Aidells Chicken & Apple Sausage

Not only is this soup simple – it tastes fantastic. We normally cook up some Aidells sausages also when we do this soup just to get some more protein into the meal. My wife likes to dip the sausage in the soup as well, and I’ll admit I copy her from time to time and it is indeed tasty.

Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup

Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons Kerrygold butter
  2. 1 yellow onion, diced small
  3. 2 lbs cauliflower florets, trimmed into smaller pieces
  4. 4 cups bone broth (or chicken broth)
  5. 5 1/2 ounces Kerrygold sharp white cheddar, grated (1 1/2 cups)
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. Cayenne pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large pot. Then add the onion and cook for about 8 minutes while you stir continuously. After 8 minutes then throw in the cauliflower, stirring continuously, and cook for 12 minutes or until it starts to brown. After that, add the broth and 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. After it boils turn down to a simmer for about 20 minutes.
  2. While this is going you can grate the cheese.
  3. After the 20 minutes use an immersion blender and puree the soup directly in the pot. Be careful not to burn yourself. Then add the cheese and stir until it’s melted.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve with a pinch of cayenne for a little extra kick. Enjoy!
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Bone Broths Co. Beef Bone Broth Review

Bone Broths Co. Beef Bone Broth Review

The Bone Broths Co. Beef Bone Broth couldn’t have come at a better time.

My family and I were gone for the last holiday weekend and we’re pretty sure our daughter was getting sick, which eventually leads to my wife and I getting sick. This, coupled with a busy week at work, didn’t really lend time for me to make my own bone broth from scratch at an attempt to fight whatever cold might be coming our way. So the week goes by and my wife and I feel worse as each day goes on, leaving me wishing I had stored up bone broth in the freezer – which I don’t.

Jillian, aka Patient Zero
Jillian, aka Patient Zero, thought the whale wanted to be in the product shot.

Enter Bone Broth Co.

They are the first to sell a shelf stable grass fed bone broth. They were generous enough to send a box my way for review. At this moment I couldn’t be happier because this is where a product like this shines: you don’t have enough time to get ahead of a cold or sickness to slow simmer bones for 24+ hours. This product enables me to grab for some shelf stable superfood that I didn’t have to prepare myself.

Bone Broths Co. Beef Bone Broth Review

Superfood you say?

Why is bone broth a superfood you ask? Bone broth is unique among the typical stocks you find in your grocery store because of how long the bones are simmered for. Typical broth in stores or the broth you learn to make right off the bat in culinary school only simmers bones and vegetables for about 45 minutes – 2 hours. Stock, as opposed to broth, is simmered a little longer at 3–4 hours. But bone broth is normally simmered 24+ hours. The reason this is so beneficial for the body, especially when you’re sick is because of 3 main things that come out in the simmering process. Mark Sisson points out these three things in this post, but in short it’s this: Gelatin, Hyaluronic acid and Chondroitin sulfate. Not to mention the abundance of minerals, bone marrow and collagen found in the bones as well. These nutrients are all derived from the bones, joints and cartilage that you wouldn’t otherwise consume or eat necessarily. Being that this particular bone broth comes from grass fed cows, which increases the nutrient density of this particular animal, means that the nutrients you’re getting from these bones is that much better for you than from a cow not fed a pastured diet. The latter nutrient for example, Chondroitin sulfate, is normally what’s found in glucosamine supplements to help with joint pain. The most important nutrient in the bone broth, in my opinion, is the gelatin. Gelatin has been found to reduce joint pain and to improve your quality of sleep. And with how important sleep is overall, and when you’re sick in particular, it’s a great thing to incorporate gelatin into your diet when your trying to get over a sickness.

Bone Broths Co. Beef Bone Broth Review

I love this write up that the fat burning man wrote up where he analyzes the typical Campbell’s chicken noodle soup ingredients and he points out how un-nutritious all the things are: MSG, cornstarch, soy protein, wheat. It’s pretty terrible. The reality is, if your sick or getting sick you shouldn’t go buy some off the shelf stock chicken water. You should make your own bone broth or if you’re out of time you should buy some shelf stable grass fed bone broth.

Bone Broths Co. Beef Bone Broth Review

But you drink it out of a mug?

Now ideally we should be using bone broth all the time in various ways in addition to how I’m going to review it here by just drinking it straight out of a mug. You can also follow Bone Broths Co. Instagram where they post a bunch of recipes of how to use their bone broth. Or if you’re ok eating white rice you can use the bone broth as the liquid to cook it as The Domestic Man points out in his book The Ancestral Table. Essentially you can use this in any place a stock is called for in a recipe but it will just be a sort of superfood added to any dish.

Even Shailene Woodley, the actress from The Divergent Series, thinks it’s a superfood.

Got bone broth? #ShaileneWoodley shares her delicious recipe. #Insurgent

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Now I’d still like to treat this as a regular product review where we look at the nutritional profile, affordability and taste. So let’s get into it.

Nutritional Profile

For those of you who know about bone broth, you don’t really pay attention to the nutrition facts label like you would other foods, like say cricket bars. You want to look at the quality of the ingredients that will be simmered for 24+ hours. That’s where Bone Broths Co. gets it right. Every batch of their beef bone broth is made with bones from 100% grass fed, pasture grazed cattle that are antibiotic and hormone free. They also use all organic vegetables, sea salt and herbs. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get better than that. All that nutrition in that pastured animal will reveal itself in those slow simmered bones once the simmering is over.

As we’ve already covered. Bone broth and stock in your traditional grocery store are not the same thing. The stock in the stores is just flavored chicken or beef water. So to compare the nutrition of that to this bone broth is no competition. You just won’t find the Gelatin and minerals found in this bone broth in anything else in store shelves (unless of course your store carries Bone Broth Co.)

Affordability

So how do you really address affordability? Regular stock in the stores is about $2-$4 for a 32oz container. This bone broth is about $12 for 17.6oz. That’s about 3x more expensive than chicken or beef flavored water. But that’s not what you should compare this to. You need to compare the price of the bone broth to the time it would take you to slow simmer this superfood yourself. Sure you can make some bone broth yourself if you have easy access to pastured beef bones, and if you have the time on your side of stocking (no pun intended) up on bone broth.

You’re really paying for convenience and quality with this bone broth and you’ll need to take that into consideration to see if this fits in your budget for your family. Personally I see this as a valuable product to keep in my pantry as backup/emergency purposes. Why? Because I don’t always have bone broth in my freezer and because this is the only shelf stable grass fed bone broth out there. I think this is a great product and like I said it came at the perfect time for me and my family and I imagine it may do the same for you and your family as we go into the flu season.

The guys from Bone Broths Co. are great and offer a discount when you sign up for their newsletter and they ship out same day when you order, so I suggest you check that out.

Taste

Nothing like a warm mug of slow simmered beef bones. It’s a flavor and smell that tells my brain that I’m consuming something that’s good for me. As cheesy as that sounds it’s true. It’s kinda like when you drink kombucha you know there’s all these little Navy Seal like bacteria heading to your gut to wage war on everything that shouldn’t be in my gut… Or am I the only one who has that picture when drinking kombucha or bone broth? Ok maybe it’s just me. Nevertheless Bone Broths Co. hit the nail on the head with the taste of this. The taste of this bone broth tastes almost exactly like the batches I’ve made following the recipe in The Ancestral Table.

If you made bone broth yourself you might jack up the taste if you leave something out, but rest assured there’s no jacked up taste to this broth. You can enjoy it just like I did and pour it right in a mug, warm it up and sip away!

Bone Broths Co. Beef Bone Broth Review

Conclusion

I’m super thankful for the wonderful people at Bone Broths Co. for making this product and for getting it over to me when I needed it most. Definitely a valuable product in my home and I plan to line my pantry with a few just to have on hand. I suggest you do the same because you never know when your kids are going to try to pass on their mad cow bubonic plague flu to you.