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Is cloudy broth not as healthy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2013 at 8:17 PM

So, I'm somewhat incompetent at making broth; while it always gels over nicely, it's never clear. I think the root of the problem is the fact that I use a crock pot because I don't really want to run my gas stove for 12 hours or more. Although I start with cold water and set the crock pot for a low simmer, it takes forever to start cooking and I can't be bothered to stick around and skim off the foam and scum that rises to the surface.

Taste issues aside, I've also heard that broth turns cloudy due to emulsified fat that doesn't rise to the surface even after cooling, so I'm concerned that the broth might not be as healthy or easy to digest. Any thoughts?

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on May 18, 2013
at 02:41 AM

Hahah, good to know!

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on May 17, 2013
at 06:47 AM

Cloudy = little itty bitty bits of awesome. :)

C6032b723b12cf0073ec6d22c5f4e7ae

on May 17, 2013
at 02:10 AM

Ahh yes, I've heard that method of clarification removes gelatin... why would anyone ever want to do that!? Hahah.

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on May 16, 2013
at 09:06 PM

Perfectly healthy and probably better for you. Clear broth is intentionally cleared - often with whisked egg white and crushed egg shells which remove "impurities" (for which read nutrients). I like broth / stock as it is !!!

C6032b723b12cf0073ec6d22c5f4e7ae

on May 17, 2013
at 02:10 AM

Ahh yes, I've heard that method of clarification removes gelatin... why would anyone ever want to do that!? Hahah.

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on May 16, 2013
at 09:44 PM

A clear broth is specifically for high-end cooking, professional cooking. So, a cloudy broth is fine for everyday eating. But if you want to have people over and you want to impress the hell out of them with your sauce making, don't do it in a crock pot.

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