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Mee yuk gook (Seaweed Soup) March 25, 2013

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seaweed soup

She’s having a baby! Someone near me is having a baby so I’ve decided to bring her what my mom makes for everyone that has recently had a baby to keep up the tradition. Seaweed soup. Yes it sounds gross to most people but it’s really good and I’m not just saying it because I have grown up on it my mother has made this soup for many Americans and they’ve loved it too. Just pretend it’s spinach :). What makes it so good for a new mother? The calcium and minerals that are rich in the seaweed and bone broth are good for replenishing what the mother has lost in childbirth or through breastfeeding. This version is chicken based which makes it also good for someone overcoming a cold so yes my husband got some this week too. This recipe makes a double batch one to eat and one to share 🙂







Mee yuk Gook

1 package dried seaweed (image of the package is below)
1 whole chicken
1 garlic bulb, cloves peeled
1/4 onion sliced
1 carrot, sliced
3 tbs soy sauce (gook gang jang specifically if you can find it but regular soysauce will work also)
3 tbs beef boullion (to be authentic use beef dashi)

Place whole chicken in a crock pot and cover with water (if your chicken came with giblets you can put it in also). Cook on low for 8 hours. Remove chicken from the water and remove meat from the bones. Return bones to the crockpot and continue to cook on low for another 8 hours. Discard chicken skin and refridgerate the meat. Add the peeled garlic, sliced onion and carrot with the cooking bones. After 8 hours remove the bones. Soak the seaweed in water (cover and submerge completely) for about 10 minutes. Remove seaweed from the water and cut with scissors into bite size pieces adding it to the bone broth (save the water). Return the now chilled chicken to the broth with the dashi and soy sauce. Also add the seaweed soaking water. At this point you will divide the concentrated soup. Ladle half of the soup into a seperate soup pot and add water to fill pot. Also add water to the crockpot. Leave the crock pot on low for 2 more hours and cook the divided off batch in the soup pot on medium for 2 hours.

Serve with rice and kimchee if you have it 🙂

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Bone Broth Meatball Soup March 15, 2013

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meatball soup

Soup is a great, easy, cheap filling meal that gets veggie in your picky family (or picky self)

Kumquaty Meatball soup

1 1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp italian spice mix
1 tsp sea salt

2 quarts bone broth
3 carrots sliced
1/2 bag frozen peas
1/2 bag frozen green beans
2 packages beef boullion (i need to figure out how to make this myself)
1 cup homemade tomatoe sauce
4 garlic cloves sliced

Combine meatball ingredients and roll into small balls. Brown on med heat and set aside. Bring bone broth to a boil and add all soup ingredients bring to a simmer. Add meatballs and cook at a simmer for 40 mins until flavors are combined and meatballs are cooked all the way through.


How to make- Beef Bone Broth/ Marrow/ and Tallow February 17, 2013

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I finally got my beef bones from the local butcher (I mean literally they raise the cows and then butcher them for sale locally) for the first time and they look awesome. $5 for a much bigger box than I expected. I can fill my large crock pot 4xs with this many bones, it has alot of fat on them which I can render down into tallow, AND I can save the hard bones to give to dog friends. I did not expect to get this much for so little it’s just like my coconut experiment. It’s crazy how much we spend for processed things when if we just spent a little time we can get so much more for much less money and it’s healthier.

beef bone in boxx

So next time I’m going to cut off most of the fat so that I don’t have garlic flavored tallow to try and use cosmetically but beef broth is pretty easy to make.

raw beef bone

Place bones on a rimmed sheet pan with a halved peel onion, 1 carrot, whole garlic bulb into a 350 degree oven and bake for 30 mins. Turn bones over to brown other side and cook for 30 more minutes. Pry out marrow and set aside to eat. Place bones, 2 tbs apple cider vinegar and vegetables into crock pot and cover with filtered water. Place on low for 2 days. Skim off any fat and save as tallow to cook with. Filter bone broth and store. I plan to reduce my bone broth and freeze into portion size so that it takes up less room.

roasted beef bone

For tallow cut up the fat into small pieces. Place in a pot and cook on low until everything melts and impurities separate. Remove impurities and store tallow (it will look golden when liquid but will cool to a nice white color).

Use tallow for high temperature cooking. Apparently it’s delightful mixed with olive oil and butter for cooking flavor. Make soap. Or rub it on your skin 🙂