Beef bone broth – adding a touch of spice . . .

Spices for unique character . . . .

Beef bone broth has been a food staple for various cultures around the world for thousands of years. A favoured recipe is simply beef bones and water, with some basic aromatics. Since 2010 beef bone broth has become popular for daily consumption, with supermarket shelves lined with various bone broth products. In recent years a wide array of broths infused with all manner of herbs and spices have become available. We decided to rediscover some spices for ourselves, to review their unique characteristics, and see how they add to the creation of bone broth lines popular with various consumer palates today.

The spice trade has a long history with spices popular in cooking throughout cuisine history and dating back to ancient civilisations in Egypt, Rome and China.  Spices provided both medicinal and culinary properties making them a sort after and valuable commodity which were often traded along ancient travelling routes.  The Middle Ages saw spices highly prized for their exotic flavours and aromas.  The versatility of spices saw them used to flavour meats, stews, soups as well as to preserve foods before refrigeration.

During the Age of Exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries, European explorers established trade routes via Asia, Africa and the Americas bringing back new and exotic spices like nutmeg and cardamom.  Interestingly the spice trade was instrumental in shaping global politics and economies during this time. In more modern times spices such as turmeric, cumin, and coriander are commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Following are some popular spice additions made to some of the beef bone broth retail brands that we supply to:


Turmeric is a rich, pumpkin-orange coloured spice known for adding colour, flavour and nutrition to foods. It is a relative of ginger, and comes from the rhizome (root) of a native Asian plant.  Tumeric has been used in cooking for hundreds of years, particularly popular in Indian cuisine, providing a savoury, warm earthy flavor.  In this way it is popular with bone broth manufacturers, also giving a natural source of the antioxidant curcumin known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities.


Ginger is closely related to turmeric, and cardamom.  It is a very complex combination of compounds, with several hundred known elements including beta-carotene, capsaicin, caffeic acid and curcumin being some of the prominent ones.

It has a unique and popular pungency and flavour – hot and zesty while also sweet and warm.  It is a great flavour for pairing, combined with everything from desserts to savoury dishes.  Alongside it’s medicinal properties as a popular digestive aid and anti-oxidant, this makes it popular in cuisine.  Bone broths are regularly boosted with ginger which elevates the range of savoury flavours and adds to an appealing aroma.


Cumin is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum.  Cumin has a unique nutty flavour and warm aroma due to the essential oils in the seeds.  If you’re looking to add depth of flavour to your broth cumin is a good choice.  For a more intense flavour ground cumin can be used.

As a beef bone broth and extracts manufacturer, our ingredient combinations range from meaty beef bones and water, through to inclusion of standard aromatics like onion, carrot and celery.  This creates a very versatile broth profile popular with our customers as a base or foundation for developing their own products.  Additionally we offer a full range of vegetables to juice up our broths; mushrooms, leeks, potato, garlic, tomato and a range of herbs and spices – rosemary, thyme, bay leaf and ginger to name a few.  If you’re looking to add intensity, more pungent ingredients like garlic, ginger, and lemongrass are options.  Woody herbs like rosemary, bay, oregano, sage and thyme are popular and ground spices intensify flavours.

Many of our customers take our broths and extracts and tailor them with herbs and spices to create tasty blends popular with todays’ consumers – from retail beef bone broth brands to beef flavouring, colour/ taste enhancer, seasoning mixes, soups, sauces, bouillons and gravies.

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