Feeling sick? Drink broth. Feeling like the world is too complicated? Make butter. Need to get close to nature? Hug a tree. Here, three products for improving your body, mind and soul:
Bone & Co. Bone Broth
When you’re feeling under the weather, there’s nothing better than a cup of hot chicken broth. If you’re not into making your own broth or stock, fill your freezer with the next best thing: beef and chicken broth from Atlanta-based Bone & Co. Launched in 2015, Bone & Co. sources of its meat products from local farms that provide pasture-raised chicken and grass-fed beef and the company uses only organic vegetables. Bones are simmered 24 hours to ensure maximum nutritional value. Sip the broth solo or use it to make soups, stews, sauces and gravies. $15 to $16 per 24-ounce pouch. Available at Nuts 'n Berries in Brookhaven, The Local Exchange in Marietta, Ancient Awakenings in Woodstock and Nature’s Garden Express at Krog Street Market. Multi-packs sold on the Bone & Co. website, www.boneandcompany.com.
Kilner Butter Churner
Compared to a century ago, home cooks have it easy. But in those moments when you become wistful for the “simple” kitchen life from a bygone era, channel your inner homesteader and make butter. This butter churner sports an old-fashioned look, but with upgrades like stainless steel gears and food-grade silicone paddles. All you need is heavy cream and 10 minutes of elbow grease. When the butter takes shape, you’ll also have buttermilk for cooking and baking. Look at you go, Ma Ingalls! $29.95, thegrommet.com/kilner.
Wood Cheese Boards
When Muss & Turner’s needed presentation trays for food, its chef de cuisine, Dameren Parenteau, reached out to his father-in-law, Gary Herlinger, a hobbyist woodworker who resides in Marietta. Herlinger’s cheese boards, available for purchase at the Smyrna restaurant, are made of salvaged wood, with natural edges and imperfections like small knotholes left untouched. His latest pieces are made from black walnut as well as spalted wood (coloration caused by fungi) from a beaver-severed hackberry tree. Small board: $30; large board: $45. Available at Muss & Turner’s, 1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Smyrna, 770-434-1114, http://www.mussandturners.com/.