Fresh vs. frozen: what you need to know

Bone Brewhouse broths in retail freezer

Frozen food can be healthy, delicious, and better for the environment when produced properly. Here’s why:  

1.    Fresh food isn’t always fresh or nutritious

Produce and “fresh” foods you find in the refrigerated section of your grocery store can spend a surprisingly long time getting there. While they move from location to location – on a truck or plane, in a warehouse, the supermarket, and your fridge – the freshness, taste and nutritional value is disappearing. 

Frozen food, on the other hand, packs as much freshness as the day it was made or picked – even months later. Produce that’s frozen straight after being picked is at its peak of taste and nutrition. The freezing process captures the maximum amount of minerals and vitamins – without the need for additives and preservatives.

It’s no different with prepared foods like our bone broth. The best way to lock in the maximum amount of nutrition, flavour and freshness for a long period of  time – without the need for preservatives – is to freeze it as soon as it’s made.  

2.    Frozen food is better for the planet

In 2017 the National Zero Waste Council conducted research on household food waste in Canada. The results were shocking:

  • 47% of food wasted in Canada was attributed to households

  • 63% of the food Canadians throw away could have been eaten

  • the average Canadian household wastes 140 kilograms of food per year – at a cost of more than $1,100 per year

  • For Canada as a whole that’s 2.2 million tonnes of avoidable household food waste. Eliminating this waste would get rid of 9.8 million tonnes of CO2 and 2.1 million cars on the road!

  • Storing food in your freezer means cutting down on food waste. Frozen food generates only half as much waste as its fresh equivalent. When food is in your freezer, you can use just what you need and save the rest for later. Less food gets tossed, and the water, labour and fuel used to grow or make it don’t get squandered. That amounts to a big reduction in waste.

3.    No preservatives = better for your health

Frozen food doesn’t require controversial chemicals to make it last longer. It needs no additives at all, as the preserving is done naturally. The icy temperatures keep food safe by preventing microorganisms from growing and slowing down the activity that makes food spoil. 

Ready-to-serve foods at the grocery store often contain chemicals, preservatives, additives, thickeners and stabilizers to make our food look better or last longer – any many of them are connected to scary health issues.

4.    Right-sized portions: less overeating and more convenience

Most of us are guilty of putting too much food on our plates now and then. But when food is already pre-portioned, frozen, and ready to use in our favourite meals, we avoid waste and extra weight. Everybody wins!

We believe frozen is the right choice – for healthy people and a healthy planet. We think you’ll agree it’s a no-brainer to go with the option that’s nourishing, additive-free, eco-friendly, convenient and fresher than fresh.

Beef Bone Broth! They’re here and you’re going to love them!

The packaging for Bone Brewhouse slow-cooked bone broth.

You asked. We listened. Introducing our new line of beef bone broths. Just in time to comfort and nourish you as the air cools and the temperatures drop. When you’re feeling a chill, warm yourself up from the inside by pouring yourself a steaming cup of delicious beef broth. Or use as a healthy base anywhere broth is called for – in your favourite soups, stews, sauces, and entrees. 

Our beef broths are made with the same care, focus on high quality ingredients, and attention to detail as the chicken broths you already know and love.  They’re available in two varieties – traditional and grass-fed.

Traditional Beef Bone Broth

It’s smooth, nutritious and perfectly spiced. Slow simmered in small batches with beef bones from cattle raised in Western Canada – and Grandma-approved ingredients like onions, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Sip for a soothing hot beverage, or add your favourite ingredients like barley and vegetables for hearty and nutritious soup or stew.

Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth

Our premium beef bone broth, slow simmered in small batches with bones from 100% grass-fed, grass-finished. Canadian cattle raised on free range pastures. Enjoy the extra health boost from grass-fed bones including omega 3 fatty acids. Made with pure, simple ingredients, and free of antibiotics, added hormones, animal by-products and grain. Perfect for both sipping and cooking. 

Our Traditional Bone Broth is available at Costco!

Two-pack of Bone Brewhouse slow-cooked bone broth.

*** Update: Costco no longer carries our broths. But please check out “Where to Buy” to find locations near you.

Enjoy the same great taste and slow-simmered process, now available in a larger 800mL size. Look for it in select Costco stores in Western Canada as of September 25, 2017
(locations below). 

We will be sampling our bone broth at the following Costco locations on
October 6, October 29 and November 12. Sample it and stock up:  

Richmond, BC: 9151 Bridgeport Rd
Burnaby, BC: 4500 Still Creek Dr 

Calgary, AB: 2853 32 St NE
Calgary, AB: 99 Heritage Gate SE
Calgary, AB: 11588 Sarcee Trail NW

Winnipeg, MB: 2365 McGillivray Blvd

We hope to have this product available in Costco stores nation-wide if this trial run in Western Canada goes well. With your support, we can make it happen :) In the meantime, enjoy our bone broths in three delicious flavours, available in 600mL containers at natural food stores and favourites grocery stores across Canada. Find the location closest to you

Need some inspiration? Check out these delicious recipe ideas



It’s Official!

Someone enjoying a cup of Bone Brewhouse slow-cooked bone broth.

At Bone Brewhouse, we’ve made it our mission to master the timeless tradition of slow-simmered bone broth. Our nutrient-rich bone broths are simmered in kettles for up to 24 hours using cage-free, Canadian chicken and all-natural seasonings. Unlike ordinary broths and stocks, this extra-long process extracts valuable collagen and minerals from deep within the bones – providing tremendous health benefits. 

Not only are we passionate about the benefits of this nutritional powerhouse, we know it needs to taste great too. That’s why we’ve created a line of unique bone broths to suit your personal tastes and broaden your options for healthy, delicious nourishment. We believe everyone deserves to enjoy their goodness. 

Find us in the frozen foods section of your local health food store or a national retailer to stock up. Then heat, sip and enjoy on its own – or add to what you already have cooking. Available in 3 scrumptious flavours: Traditional, Pho and Lemon Ginger

PS. If you’re a retailer and want to stock our product, please contact your UNFI rep for more information. Happy sipping!