Chrissy Toll has a passion for real food. This passion, combined with her business savvy, are key ingredients in her successful and growing business, Bountiful Broth.
Bountiful Broth was started in 2015 in the Southern Highlands. A lifetime of cooking, recipe-inventing and exploring different styles of eating, led Chrissy to discover the benefits of adding bone broth and fermented vegetables into her diet.
I talked to Chrissy to find out how her products had influenced her own and her families health, and what her future plans were for her business
On News Year Day 2012, my husband and I switched to the paleo diet. The change this made to our lives was immense, in terms of both losing weight and gaining health. For me, the biggest change came when I discovered bone broth and fermented foods. After 18 months of making ferments for friends, and trying to convince everyone I know that they should make bone broth, I decided it was time to get serious and make my products available to everyone.
How have your products influenced your own health?
Having ready access to broth and fermented foods makes cooking delicious and nutritious food far easier. I can whip up dinner in a few minutes with some grass-fed beef, fresh vegetables and a jar or broth. It means I don’t have to rely on less nutritious options such as ready-made sauces or stock powders. A balanced diet with a wide range of nutritious food is essential for good health.
What role do bone broth and fermented foods play in your families wellbeing?
I have definitely noticed a dramatic decrease in the number of colds and bugs my kids pick up. As my youngest son has asthma, this change means far less medication and fewer hospital visits. As you can imagine, this has been a huge relief. Broth makes it easy to make a quick and delicious dinner that my kids will actually eat. Some grilled sausages, potatoes and vegetables sautéed in butter and a couple of spoonful’s of broth and I have a dinner that I know is actually giving them goodness. Other favourites are stir fried noodles and bolognese (both with loads of vegetables and broth of course).
How do your bone broth products differ from homemade bone broth?
Making your own broth is definitely a satisfying task. However, it’s a labour of love. Many people don’t have the time or resources to commit to making regular batches. This fact is at the heart of why I started Bountiful Broth. I was giving friends lessons on how to make broth, when many started to ask if they could just buy mine? So convenience is definitely one of our core attributes. Our reduced broths also mean it’s easy to incorporate into almost any meal. These also take up less room in the fridge! The recipe for our broth has also been carefully developed, so that it tastes absolutely delicious.
What do you see as the health benefits of consuming fermented vegetables?
I am not a nutritionist or medical professional, so I’ll leave the actual medical benefits to those more qualified. What I would say is that adding these foods to my diet has made being healthy so much easier. I can boil a couple of eggs, fill a bowl with a variety of delicious fermented vegetables, heat a cup of bone broth, and the world’s healthiest lunch is ready. It also means I can readily consume more vegetables without the need to cook, chop or mess up the kitchen. Too easy!
Is there anyone you wouldn't recommend bone broth and fermented foods to?
Again, I am not a nutritionist nor a doctor, so I would not want to provide that kind of advice. Some people can have an adverse reaction to too much fermented foods, usually just temporarily. My advice would be to introduce any new food slowly to see if you do have a reaction. And of course – if you are in anyway worried, speak with your health care professional.
What is your vision for the future of Bountiful Broth?
My goal with Bountiful Broth is to make it easy for everyone to include bone broth and fermented foods into their daily diet. That remains our commitment. It’s exciting that we are now available in retail outlets in Queensland and New South Wales. We also sell directly to customers throughout Australia. We employ a number of wonderful staff in our Southern Highlands’ kitchen and I love that we are creating employment opportunities.
I’d love to continue to grow our product range, our team and our customer base. Most of all, I would love Bountiful Broth to be the most well-loved bone broth on the market.
Bountiful broth's products can be purchased directly from their website, markets in the Southern Highlands and some major independent supermarkets, such as Harris Farm in Bowral and IGA in Moss Vale.