Exclusive Interview: Connor Meakin, Pure Bone Broth, Vancouver

If you don’t find this Vancouverite in his commercial kitchen cooking broth, he is probably in back-to-back meetings or delivering the goods to his clients. I snuck in a half hour photoshoot during our meeting. I captured him just the way I wanted in a relaxing environment. Every Vancouverite I meet has a story to tell. Connor was an ultra-marathon runner thrown off-track with injuries and health issues. His main goal with Pure Bone Broth is to help people. I get the impression he is very passionate about what he is doing. He will really make a difference with this product. I grew up in a culture that believes bone broths heal and are very nutritious. I truly believe in this myself and have been drinking bone broths since childhood. In my culture, we drink more soups than water. Moms usually make at least a batch a week to drink or for cooking instead of using water. With a little one running around, it saves me so much time to not have to make my own bone broths. My blog is about real encounters and discoveries and this is something I really believe in and want to share with you. His story is inspiring and you can read more about Connor Meakin on his website.

“Growing up I always wanted to do something that made a difference in people’s lives. It took my own health issues to realize what I was put here for. My main motivation for producing bone broth is to provide people with a conveniently delicious means of consuming a magical elixir of nutrients. And with that I want to inspire people to take their health into their own hands. “-Connor

chicken bone broth, beef bone broth

Of course I had to experiment and test and taste the bone broth before I tell the world to try it.

I have a 3-year old and it’s amazing that she knows exactly what she wants to eat all the time. It’s a good and bad thing. She asked for prawns, corn, udon and smoked salmon for lunch one day. She gets all of it and instead of using store bought processed broth, I used Pure Chicken bone broth. I only needed a pinch of Himalayan salt and it is incredibly tasty. And for the little one, she doesn’t need much seasoning and enjoys food with its natural flavour. The prawns were already salted and stir fried with some onions and garlic. This took me less than 10 minutes to make because I didn’t have to make the broth from scratch! It’s convenient for busy moms who wants to serve nutritious meals for the family.

I tested the broth with other ingredients. This was my own lunch. Orzo, carrots, celery, tomatoes with a pinch of rosemary, oregano, thyme, Himalayan salt. Again, I tried it with the chicken bone broth and I didn’t even have to add chicken to make this tasty. I think if you want to, you could add chicken to this simple recipe. All the natural flavours come out with this broth.

This time, I experimented with the beef bone broth and made a meatball pasta soup with carrots, cabbage and tomatoes. I didn’t add anything in the bone broth. Pan fried the meatballs with olive oil after I marinated the ground meat with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. After the soup and bowtie pasta was boiled with the rest of the ingredients for 10 minutes, I poured the meatballs in for another 5 mins. Again, was simple and tasty. The broth didn’t need much to shine.


I am beginning to fall in love with this stuff! Just ordered another batch! So why should you drink or use it for cooking? I did a bit of research before asking Connor.

My first taste test was drinking it straight up like Connor. And then I tried cooking with it. Have to be honest, you can’t get the benefits of the goodness of the broth by using it just once. It’s not magic. It’s not going to heal your gut after one try and the collagen isn’t going support your hair, nail, and skin health right away. I think there are long term benefits. I read many sources that proves that it contains glucosamine, chondroitin sulphates and other compounds that support joint health. There are lots of research to support all the health benefits and I have only mentioned a couple.

Q: What are the health benefits of bone broth?

The benefits of bone broth are vast and difficult to talk about without sounding too salesy. I’m personally most interested in the gut healing aspects of bone broth and the ability for it to heal and preserve our joints due to the unique amino acid profile, glucosamine and chondroitin. But I’m quickly realizing that I’m in the minority.

Most people are interested in the aesthetic improvements that bone broth can give you. Collagen is concentrated in bone broths that are simmered for 24-48 hours. It’s great for hydrating and restoring the natural elasticity in our skin. It’s also the building block for growing luscious hair, full teeth and nails. If you want that natural skin glow. Try some bone broth!
I’ll also note that I’ve written extensively about the health benefits of bone broth. If you want to get your propeller hat and dive into the research, then check out this article.

Q:Where can I buy your bone broth? 

A: “We’re available in select retailers in Greater Vancouver including Choices, Body Energy Club, and SPUD. For our full list of retailers, click here. You can also purchase via our website.”

Q: As a parent, I would love my child to want to taste it. Right now, she looks at the bag and isn’t interested. She looks at it in a bowl and doesn’t want it.  I suppose I could be more creative and mix it with her food. Will you ever consider a new formula of bone broth in a juice box with cute designs for kids so they can benefit from this too?

A: “Absolutely it is something we are considering in the future. In the meantime, it is great for children of all ages! ”


Q:What makes your bone broth different from other suppliers in Vancouver? 
A: “The biggest misconception is that all broths are created equal. Most believe that the grocery store bought broths have the same nutritional benefit of a high quality bone broth. Sadly, this is not the case and these store bought broths tend to do more harm than good because of the preservatives, MSG and other additives.
The specific difference between Pure Bone Broth and other bone broths in Vancouver is two-fold: our ingredients and our cooking process.
We spend the bulk of our time sourcing the highest quality ingredients for our broths. Our bones come from small scale farms where the animals are raised in naturally low-stress environments.
Our beef is grass fed and finished and pasture raised 12 months a year. And our chicken is free range and pasture raised. All of our bones come from B.C. based farms. Our produce, herbs and spices are also sourced from organic B.C. farms.
Without giving too much of the secret sauce away, we gently simmer our broths for 24-48 hours to ensure all of the collagen, amino acids, and micronutrients are gently extracted from the bones. Suffice it to say we take a lot of care when making our broths.
What you end up with is the highest quality bone broth available — a nutrient dense, and highly absorbable powerhouse in one soothing liquid.”

For those who love to cook. Connor shares his favourite recipe!


‘Superfood Bone Broth Chili’

Servings: 6

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 60 mins

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon solid cooking fat (lard, tallow, coconut oil)

1.5 pounds grass-fed ground beef

1 large onion, chopped

2 bell Peppers, chopped

2 celery sticks, chopped

3 carrots, chopped into 1½-inch pieces

4 medium tomatoes, chopped or 1 can of crushed / chopped tomatoes

1 large beet, grated

1 750ml pouch Pure Beef Bone Broth

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tablespoons oregano

1 tablespoon thyme

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

fresh ground black pepper

1 teaspoon tomato paste

¼ cup hemp hearts

Cilantro, parsley or green onions for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Season beef with salt and pepper. Add half of fat / oil to stock pot or dutch oven and heat until fat is melted. Add onions, celery. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add bone broth and deglaze pan using a flat wooden spoon or stiff spatula to scrape browned bits off the bottom of pan.
  3. Add carrots, peppers, grated beet, tomatoes, tomato paste all herbs and spices except for cilantro / green onion. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and cook, covered, for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, add other half of cooking fat to skillet over medium high heat. Brown the ground beef on all sides: approximately 2 minutes. You may have to do this in batches. Strain any excess rendered fat / liquid into separate bowl.
  5. Add the ground beef to the vegetables and simmer, covered, for another 15 minutes.
  6. Add more bone broth if needed to ensure vegetables and beef are submerged.
  7. Stir in hemp hearts and serve immediately, or for best flavor, allow to cool and refrigerate overnight, or up to 1 week in sealed container.
  8. Add your garnishes and enjoy!

 

As a mother always looking for healthy options for my family, I hope you will give it a try too. Find out more about Pure Bone Broth 

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