It began with pain. Kelly Dimacchia had problems with her knees. She did some research and read that a broth made from poultry or beef bones was a good natural remedy for inflammation. In January 2015, she started making it at home. She became a believer and talked it up among her friends, who were eager to be her customers. By May, Dimacchia had a full-fledged business.
The Rocky River entrepreneur named the company Erie Bone Broth, in recognition of the region that provides her ingredients. “I use pasture raised chickens from Tea Hill Farms in Loudonville, grass-fed beef from a farmer in Defiance and locally grown organic vegetables.” Although it’s suddenly trendy, bone broth is nothing new. It has been made for centuries by people the world over who never waste a scrap and get every bit of goodness from the animals they eat.
Dimacchia is now producing 60-gallon batches of the translucent elixir in the Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen. The bones are roasted, then soaked in vinegar and simmered in filtered water for 24–72 hours until they’re soft, a process that extracts all their healthy properties. She flavors the meaty decoction with onions, carrots, celery and herbs. The result is stock on steroids, rich with easily digestible nutrients, collagen and glycine, an amino acid. Advocates say it can help heal leaky gut, aching joints, and autoimmune diseases; promote restful sleep; and improve the condition of skin, hair and nails. “It’s a great recovery drink,” says Dimacchia. “People in the functional medicine department at the Cleveland Clinic are recommending Erie Bone Broth to their patients.”
What’s not in her product is salt. That means it’s ideal for cooking and anyone concerned about sodium intake. Gelatinous when cool, it can also be warmed and enjoyed like a cup of tea. In that form, the mild-tasting beverage with a hint of sweetness benefits from a generous pinch of salt and seems the ideal antidote to winter’s chill or just about anything that ails you. Her broth doesn’t contain any preservatives either, so it’s sold frozen in 24-ounce plastic pouches.
To find out where you can get a taste of Erie Bone Broth visit ErieBoneBroth.com.