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The healing powers of bone broth at Balanced and Bright

David Boylan

Quinn Wilson
Quinn Wilson and her healing bone broth. Photo by
David Boylan

Having spent the past few years covering the culinary world in San Diego, the name Quinn Wilson kept popping up. I needed to find out more about this woman and what she did so I tracked her down. Turns out Ms. Wilson has this very cool endeavor called Balanced and Bright where she produces uber-healthy beef bone broth that has healing properties and is versatile enough to use in just about any cooking application.

Quinn brought some of her broth over recently and we did some tasting and talking about bone broth.

LTP
Tell me a bit about your background and what led you to this endeavor.

Quinn
Well. I have always been fascinated by food since a very young age. By 18 I loved being in the kitchen and I could cook pretty well for a teenager. You would think all of this would have led to a culinary career but I actually ended up as an Interior Designer for almost 10 years. Around 2008 I became a Farm Chef for Suzie's Farm, which then turned into a full time job on the farm. Local and seasonal had always made sense to me and once I had been introduced to a traditional way of eating, the game completely changed. I've spent the last few years learning and applying as much as I possibly can on the subject. That led me to start making bone broth 3 years ago. Once I saw the positive effects that drinking bone broth had on my body I knew I was going to start a business making it.

LTP
Bone broth as a healing agent goes way back, can you give me a brief history of it and common uses in the past?

Quinn
It goes back to using the whole animal. In all societies’ rich and poor in every part of the world you see bone broth as a staple in the diet. Because of its nutritional properties bone broth helps to heal, arthritis, stomach issues, auto immune problems, it inhibits infections, seals the gut and speeds up healing after any sort of trauma. The Japanese invented MSG in 1908 and by 1947 General Foods issued a statement that said "soon all natural flavors would be chemically synthesized ". Since a chemically synthesized "flavor" cube was much faster for your average housewife to create a meal with we began to get away from the traditional way of making a slow simmered nutritionally dense broth. Broth has been referred to as Jewish Penicillin and is why we have all been fed chicken noodle soup when we're sick.

LTP
You use bones from small local farm, pasture raised cattle, how does this make a difference?

Quinn
Locally matters because I know where the meat is coming from, what it ate and how it was raised. I also literally "know my farmer". The same guy that raised and cared for the cattle from the beginning to the end is the same guy handing me my order when I pick it up. When a cow is allowed to graze in pasture they ingest more beneficial nutrients than cows that have been corn fed. All of this then results in a healthier animal, healthier meat and ultimately a healthier bone broth.

LTP
Would organic chicken bones produce similar results, other than tasty broth?

Quinn
Yes you can make broth from any animal that was properly raised. if it has bones you can make broth. I have made a lot of chicken broth and personally I prefer beef broth, it tends to have more flavor. I'm also working on a project with Tommy Gomes for a fish stock for Catalina Offshore Products.

LTP
You add more ingredients to your broth, what are you adding?

Quinn
Balanced & Bright's bone broth contains, filtered water, ginger, apple cider vinegar and an aromatic spice that I am keeping a secret for now.

LTP
Can you share some of the benefits you and others have experienced personally from your bone broth?

Quinn
The first thing to happen is your hair, skin and nails really take to it. Within two weeks the skin on my hands became shiny and supple. Then my hair started to grow faster than normal. This is all due to the gelatin and collagen in the broth. I was in an accident when I was 10 and lost a couple of teeth. I’ve spent the last 25 years having surgeries for my implants and 3 years ago my implants began to fail. Once I started drinking the bone broth the pain completely went away and my dentist was shocked at how strong and healthy the bone in the grafted area is.

Order online at www.balancedandbright.com They have a pickup location in Encinitas and door to door delivery for an extra charge. Also be sure to check out Quinn and her broth March 22, 11am at Whole Foods in Encinitas.

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