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How to break a beef knuckle?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 26, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Nice and simple. I've got a monster grass fed beef knuckle for bone broth and it's too big to completely cover in water in my crockpot. I've tried bashing the thing with a hammer to no avail. I don't have a sterile saw and unfortunately I don't have a cleaver. The best tools I have to work with are hammers, chisels and a large chef's knife. Before I break out the chisels I figured I'd see what they hackers had to say. Thanks in advance.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:40 PM

I have to let the nerd in me come out and play every once in a while or he gets antsy ;)

F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on October 27, 2011
at 11:06 AM

+1 for the third tag

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 27, 2011
at 07:36 AM

If you put the giant pot in the oven on a low temp (say <200F) it will just simmer slowly. The surface area exposure is a good idea tho.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on October 27, 2011
at 05:36 AM

A roaster, if you have one. Thanksgiving is not the only time they're handy--you can make a fabulous batch of soup or stew with lots of bones including knuckles.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 27, 2011
at 03:01 AM

Totally agree akd, just workin with what I have for the time being. Being on a student budget again is rough ;)

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 27, 2011
at 02:49 AM

Haha fits a lottt better this way, really looking forward to how the broth comes out with the knuckle opened up like this too.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on October 27, 2011
at 02:22 AM

Holy shit that WAS a big freaking knuckle! Not so big now, eh? lolol

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on October 27, 2011
at 02:22 AM

YEAH BABY! Like a boss!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on October 27, 2011
at 02:21 AM

Haha that's awesome dude! Rock on :)

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:33 AM

By the way, it felt awesome to get my Grok on. Any reason to use tools is a good one.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:31 AM

Bracing it between my feet worked perfectly. See results below! Thanks for the tips.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Results? I'm confident, be strong!!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:15 AM

get a bigger stock pot?

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:08 AM

Attempting now.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Ooh just got some 44kg gold ones at the gym...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 27, 2011
at 12:21 AM

Since you're in an apt, something like a hand miter saw might work, like this - http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Hand+Miter+Box&view=detail&id=918DEB7387180CEDB6F44683C0A70DB0E4DE5D3B&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 27, 2011
at 12:17 AM

I head ya. Your best bet then would probably be the butcher where you get the knuckle. In grocery stores you can ask the guys in the back if they would saw it smaller for you. They usually are glad to do it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 27, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Don't worry. We all do it.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on October 27, 2011
at 12:04 AM

Love the third tag.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 26, 2011
at 11:58 PM

surface* I'm better than that...

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 26, 2011
at 11:57 PM

Yeah I know I'm just so much more comfortable leaving my crockpot on while I'm not at home instead of the stove. I also like the idea of breaking that giant thing up to increase the sufrace area and pull out all the goodies inside.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 26, 2011
at 11:55 PM

Thanks for the advice, can't wait to stop living in apartments so I can get some real tools.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on October 27, 2011
at 12:40 AM

Flat screwdriver and a mallet. Sit on hard surface (preferably concrete, not kitchen tile) Brace knuckle between feet (a vise would be better), wedge screwdriver into a depression and hammer it in half. Caveman style.

Works for coconut, in theory it should work on hunks of bone, right?

Edit: Just read that you have chisels. Just use those. Grok didn't use saws to get to the good stuff, he broke shit open with rocks, lol.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Results? I'm confident, be strong!!

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:33 AM

By the way, it felt awesome to get my Grok on. Any reason to use tools is a good one.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:08 AM

Attempting now.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on October 27, 2011
at 02:21 AM

Haha that's awesome dude! Rock on :)

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:31 AM

Bracing it between my feet worked perfectly. See results below! Thanks for the tips.

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Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

on October 27, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Success. My Great Dane vacuum cleaner also appreciates the chisel idea. +1 million for Nemesis.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on October 27, 2011
at 02:22 AM

Holy shit that WAS a big freaking knuckle! Not so big now, eh? lolol

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on October 27, 2011
at 02:22 AM

YEAH BABY! Like a boss!

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 27, 2011
at 02:49 AM

Haha fits a lottt better this way, really looking forward to how the broth comes out with the knuckle opened up like this too.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 26, 2011
at 11:46 PM

The easiest thing would be to just use a bigger pot and simmer it on the stove.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 27, 2011
at 07:36 AM

If you put the giant pot in the oven on a low temp (say <200F) it will just simmer slowly. The surface area exposure is a good idea tho.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 27, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Don't worry. We all do it.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 26, 2011
at 11:58 PM

surface* I'm better than that...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on October 27, 2011
at 05:36 AM

A roaster, if you have one. Thanksgiving is not the only time they're handy--you can make a fabulous batch of soup or stew with lots of bones including knuckles.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 26, 2011
at 11:57 PM

Yeah I know I'm just so much more comfortable leaving my crockpot on while I'm not at home instead of the stove. I also like the idea of breaking that giant thing up to increase the sufrace area and pull out all the goodies inside.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 26, 2011
at 11:30 PM

You probably need to get a butcher to whack that for you. They have saws to cut those things. Beef knuckles will survive a nuclear blast. I use a large bolt cutter to snap ribs in half. If you know someone with a bandsaw, that would work, but be a mess to clean the bandsaw. Or a Sawzall with a demo blade. If nothing else, an ax (a sharp one) and a chopping block should whittle it down to size.

EDIT - added, BTW, you don't need a sterile saw. Just clean it with soap and water.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 26, 2011
at 11:55 PM

Thanks for the advice, can't wait to stop living in apartments so I can get some real tools.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 27, 2011
at 12:17 AM

I head ya. Your best bet then would probably be the butcher where you get the knuckle. In grocery stores you can ask the guys in the back if they would saw it smaller for you. They usually are glad to do it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 27, 2011
at 12:21 AM

Since you're in an apt, something like a hand miter saw might work, like this - http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Hand+Miter+Box&view=detail&id=918DEB7387180CEDB6F44683C0A70DB0E4DE5D3B&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR

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0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:01 AM

Drop a 70-lb kettlebell on it? If the first impact doesn't do it, make it an AMRAP.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 27, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Ooh just got some 44kg gold ones at the gym...

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B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on October 27, 2011
at 12:28 AM

If you have a friendly local butcher maybe drop in to see if they can cut it up for you. They'll have it in many small pieces within minutes.

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