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How do I know when cow bones are no longer useful for bone broths?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I've read that when bones have given up all their nutrients they go soft. I tried simmering some cow bones, with vinegar, for over two weeks (perpetual broth style), but they're still not soft. Should I just keep simmering them forever?

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on February 22, 2012
at 01:54 PM

No idea what kind of bones they are, so it's possible

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:39 PM

What kind of bones are they? They're not like marrow bones right? Thigh marrow bones I don't think ever go soft.

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Yes it was a bit stinky, which is problematic since our kitchen is also our living room, study and wardrobe :)

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:17 PM

I haven't changed the water for over a week (had to postpone my initiation of a strict paleo diet) so I guess that explains it. Cheers for the link.

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on February 20, 2012
at 02:58 PM

your kitchen must stink as hell, just buy some powdered gelatine ... lol

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on February 20, 2012
at 02:19 PM

I'm surprised that they're still hard after 2 weeks! Are you removing the broth and adding new water? If not, you may just be reaching a chemical equilibrium with the nutrients in the broth and the bone (I don't know that this has ever been studied!)

If you've been replacing the water then I'm really surprised! Those are some crazy bones you have! lol!

Here's a link about making bone broth for 12 days (not a paleo site): http://www.traditional-foods.com/bone-broth/

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I haven't changed the water for over a week (had to postpone my initiation of a strict paleo diet) so I guess that explains it. Cheers for the link.

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