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What to do with bones after making stock?

Answered on December 07, 2015
Created December 05, 2015 at 8:55 AM

Post-Thanksgiving, I've made about three big pots of stock out of my turkey bones, and the last batch also had some shrimp heads and shells in it.

We try to produce as little waste as possible in our home (hence, the stock), and I'm currently bagging up the spent bones to take down to the dumpster.

I'm curious to know if there's any use for them beyond making stock. I doubt humans throughout history have been able to just dump them in a dumpster to be hauled away by a trash company, but I don't know what people would have traditionally done with them. I've been told you can't compost them. Can you feed them to pets or livestock? Did people just throw them out in the woods?

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on December 05, 2015
at 07:20 PM

Don't feed them to pets.  Cooked bones can splinter and get stuck in their throats. 

You might be able to compost them.

 

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on December 07, 2015
at 04:25 PM

I wonder if they could be similar to egg shells in their benefits to plants. Maybe grind them and add them to compost for added phosphorus? 

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