Okay to use eaten-off-of chicken bones for freezing -- for making bone broth later on?

Answered on October 16, 2013
Created October 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM

My husband and I disagree on whether it is okay to save chicken drumstick bones (which the family has eaten off of) in the freezer, to later make bone broth out of. (I picked remaining meat, etc. off the bones and rinsed them under the faucet before putting them in the freezer.)

I think it's okay because any germs from our mouths would get killed in the freezer and/or during broth-making. My husband thinks it's unsafe and gross. I did some Google searches and can't seem to find discussion of this issue.

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on October 16, 2013
at 02:01 AM

I put the bones in water after eating and bring the to a boil to kill of anything there and then. Then I rinse in cold water and freeze them. When I make stock, I also use some fresh bones. I haven't died yet!

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on October 16, 2013
at 12:04 AM

Not all germs are killed by freezing, but they surely will die when you boil them for a day in broth. You could slice the meat off the bone prior to eating to keep it more sanitary and then freeze them.

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