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Magic Mineral Broth Recipe {Processed Foods versus Refined Foods}

by Jeanette on November 6, 2013 · 22 Comments
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Magic Mineral Broth is rich in nutrients and minerals and can be enjoyed as is, or used as a base for soup, stews and chili.

Magic Mineral Broth Ingredients

Magic Mineral Broth Ingredients

This weekend, my homework assignment was to make Rebecca Katz’s Magic Mineral Broth, a recipe I’ve actually made time and time again whenever I cook for people with cancer. I think the point of the assignment was to teach the difference between refined foods and whole foods. From carefully selecting each and every ingredient used in the recipe, to preparing each vegetable, cooking the broth, and finally tasting the end result, this exercise made me think about every ingredient and step involved in making a nutritious broth.

I’ve been reading about the difference between whole foods, processed foods and refined foods. Interestingly, I often think of the words “processed” and “refined” interchangeably when talking about foods, but there is a difference.

  • Whole Foods are foods that are as close to their natural state as possible, e.g., an apple, brown rice, fresh chicken.
  • Processed Foods begin as whole foods, but are altered by refining, cooking or juicing, e.g., applesauce (made with apples and water), steamed brown rice, roast chicken.
  • Refined Foods are reduced versions of the original whole food that have been mechanically or chemically processed in such a way as to remove some or all of their rich nutrients, e.g., Fruit Roll-Ups, white bread, chicken nuggets. Refined foods are often fortified, meaning the missing nutrients are added back to the refined food, which is not the same as if the nutrients had been left intact in the whole food to begin with.
Organic Sweet Potatoes

Organic Sweet Potatoes

Magic Mineral Broth is as its name says, a mineral rich broth, made with an assortment of vegetables, including the skins. The idea is to infuse a broth with a diverse array of nutrient and mineral rich vegetables using a slow simmering process.

There is no better place to get the ingredients for this recipe than from the local farmer’s market. That way, you know you’re getting the freshest possible produce that are rich in nutrients. I highly suggest using organic vegetables for this recipe, especially if you’re cooking for someone with a compromised immune system.

Organic Celery

Organic Celery

This recipe calls for the skin to be left on all the vegetables, so that’s another reason I suggest buying organic vegetables for this broth. You want to make sure you’re drinking the cleanest possible broth. Since there’s no peeling involved, all you have to do is scrub and cut up the vegetables.

Organic Leeks

Organic Leeks

I also suggest using filtered water to remove as much chemicals in the water as possible. The idea is to make a clean broth, rich in nutrients, and free of any toxins.

Organic Potatoes

Organic Potatoes

I’ve made this broth numerous times for friends with cancer, and in one of my friend’s case, was told this broth literally saved her life. You see, this was the only thing she could eat while going through radiation treatment for thyroid cancer. She was having trouble chewing and swallowing, and this broth went down easy.

Magic Mineral Broth Ingredients

Magic Mineral Broth Ingredients

This weekend, I actually made this broth once again for a friend with cancer, but this time, as part of my homework assignment, found myself paying special attention to every aspect of making this broth, from the source of the ingredients (the farmer’s market) to the preparation of the ingredients (inspecting and admiring each vegetable, all the natural nooks and crannies).

Prepped Magic Mineral Broth Ingredients

Prepped Magic Mineral Broth Ingredients

I’m storing some of this Magic Mineral Broth away for my friend, and plan on giving it to her throughout her chemotherapy treatments. I think this broth will help her stay healthy, hydrated and nourished throughout her therapy.
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Rebecca Katz’s Magic Mineral Broth
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Adapted from Rebecca Katz's One Bite at a Time. This broth can be enjoyed hot, cold or room temperature, and is a wonderful base for soups, chili and stews. I've made this numerous times for friends undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and it has always been well received.
Serves: 3-4 quarts
  • 3 unpeeled carrots, cut into thirds
  • 1 unpeeled medium yellow onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 leek, both white and green parts, rinsed well, cut into thirds
  • ½ bunch celery, including the heart, cut into thirds
  • 3 unpeeled cloves garlic, halved
  • ½ bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 medium red potatoes with skins on, quartered
  • 1 Japanese or regular sweet potatoes with skins on, quartered
  • 1 Garnet yam with skin on, quartered
  • 1 8-inch strip of kombu
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 3 whole allspice or juniper berries
  • ½ tablespoon sea salt
  1. Scrub and rinse carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and yam well. Rinse the remaining vegetables well, including the kombu. Place all the ingredients, except the salt, in a large 6-8 quart stockpot. Fill with water to 2 inches below the rim of the pot. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce eat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 hours. Simmer until the full richness of the vegetables can be tasted. Add salt and stir.
  2. Strain stock; bring to room temperature and refrigerate or freeze.
I used a variety of potatoes and sweet potatoes that I found at the farmer's market. The idea is to use a diverse selection of fresh vegetables.
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  1. What a lovely broth! I’m sure it’s full of so much delicious veggie flavor and so many nutrients!

  2. Such a wonderful broth! I wish I can get some quality sweet potatoes here with reasonable price…1kg costs 3,2 euros…and it’s not even organic.

    • Thanks Angie – wow, can’t believe how expensive your sweet potatoes are. Here they are relatively inexpensive.

  3. What a sweet labor of love you’ve given to your friends who were not well. I’m sure they felt your love and care in every nourishing bite!

    • It is so true that you can show love through your cooking. That’s the best gift I can offer my friends and family – something no amount of money can buy.

  4. This is such a great post Jeanette! Love how healthy and nutritional this broth is, I can definitely see the magical healing effects it would have.

    • Thanks Kelly – this is a wonderful broth and so good for you. Even when someone is not feeling well, they can enjoy this.

  5. Oh, I can just imagine how delicious and healing this broth is, Jeanette! Thanks for sharing it with us!


  6. Jeanette,
    What do you do with the leftover solids from the broth? I know they have leached most of their nutrients into the broth, but there is still a lot of fiber and nutrients in those as well.

    • Mia, I am going to puree some of the solids (carrots, celery) and use them in soup or chili. As for the potatoes and sweet potatoes, I am going to try making pancakes with them by mixing the pureed vegetables with onion, egg, chickpea flour and pan frying them.

  7. This is a very inspiring post, especially with the pot filled with fresh organic ingredients! Food made with this broth must be wonderful. Truly worth spending the time and energy!

    • Thanks Nami – this broth is definitely worth making. Since there’s no peeling involved, the preparation is not much. The soup just simmers on the stove and doesn’t require any work, so very easy to make.

  8. How do you store the broth once put into containers and how long will it last stored?

  9. Oops, in my excitement to make this today I put a pinch of salt in at the beginning. I hope that’s okay!

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  11. amy brown says:

    My neighbor brought me a bag frozen of this. I want to drink it as a tea. How do I regrowth it without ruin it?

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