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Marrow Bone? what to do!?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 02, 2011 at 2:21 AM

Hey guys,

I just bought a marrow bone online and it arrived today - it's huge (like the size-length of my lower leg). It looks like something you would just give to a dog to chew on... not the small cut up pieces of circular bone with marrow inside I was imagining. I am kind of at a loss of what to do from here.

Any help appreciated!

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on July 09, 2011
at 11:31 PM

It was actually me.. I dont know why Shari took over. It went really well! I hack-sawed the giant bone in half (still in the plastic) and that was when I realized that the butcher had already cut it length-ways (how embaressing!) it was just being held together by the plastic! I roasted the bones with exposed marrow in the oven until they were soft and oozing. 'Cause it was my first marrow experience I wanted to taste it all 'as is'.. It was beautiful, fatty, custard-like texture and left me completely satisfied! Well worth the 5$!

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on July 08, 2011
at 03:51 PM

@Shari - How did it go, did you hacksaw your way to deliciousness??

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

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on July 02, 2011
at 05:00 AM

Hey its way too big to use in a broth. The hacksaw might not be a bad idea afterall.. work hard for my marrow. This all makes me think.. how did our ancestors get their marrow!

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:56 AM

aw, bummer! got a saw?

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:50 AM

ahhh. thanks lunabelle..

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:46 AM

Unless you can cut it up yourself, my suggestion would be to make a bone broth.

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:45 AM

This is how you would handle marrow bone that's been cut into neat little 1.5 inch slices that can be placed upright. The OP has a whole bone. :)

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:41 AM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/bone-marrow-recipe/

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on July 02, 2011
at 06:38 AM

i would hack saw the joint knuckles, most collagen so this should go to a stock pot, then i would cut it about 3 inch pieces and roast them in the oven, i do roast all the bones that go to a stock first. Use a coarse saw, the marrow fat blocks the saw blade very quickly if its too fine (been there;)

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on July 02, 2011
at 03:17 AM

I'm not sure where you live.. but are you friendly with any local butchers? If not, find one and just go in and ask if they'll bandsaw it for you into a couple of 5" pieces. Believe it or not it's actually more difficult to get a marrow bone cut in half, like a boat, as it's dangerous for the butcher. If you can't find one then grab a saw, lady! :) Take the rounds, oven temp to 450, on a foil lined baking sheet, or a pie pan lined in foil, standing up. It should only take about 15 minutes but as soon as you see the marrow start to separate from the bone, take it out. You don't want all that tastiness to leak out. Make a nice herb salad dressed with lemon vinaigrette. Now: spoon, scoop marrow, top with a little salt - Kosher or Sea, a little herb salad, eat up! Ok. Now I'm hungry :) Good luck!

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:47 AM

  1. Defrost it. (Put it in the fridge for a day or so if frozen.)

  2. Preheat oven from 350 - 400 degrees F. Probably 400 because of the size ..

  3. Place bone in roasting pan.

  4. Put it in the oven and let the fun begin! Cook 40 + minutes (from the sounds of it ... closer to an hour for you ...). It is 'done' when all of the marrow is soft to the humble edge of a spoon awaiting deliciousness*.

*Note: sometimes the top cooks well and you think you are good to go eating it and then you get to the center and are bummed because the center and onward are still hard. :( Just stick it back in the oven if this happens ... This might happen to me ... because I'm so eager to eat it though ... ;)

EDIT: ... I feel I didn't answer the question well enough ... sorry ...

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on July 03, 2011
at 04:55 AM

Yes, definitely get it cut in to 3 inch or so segments, but don't cook it! Scoop the marrow out with a butter knife and eat it raw. Seriously delicious stuff!

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8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:40 AM

from MDA...

"The simplest, best way to prepare marrow is to roast the bones upright at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Fat will leak out the bottom, and you want to eat it all, so use a pan, or at least catch the drippings with molded foil. When the marrow begins to slightly bubble, it???s ready to be eaten. Thicker bones may need a bit more time in the oven, or you could do what I do and eat it slightly pink. Buy from a trustworthy, reputable source and you???ll be fine. Use a narrow spoon or fork to scrape out the marrow (you can even use a dedicated marrow spoon, if you can find one) and top with a bit of coarse sea salt. Serve with a small parsley, shallot, and lemon juice salad to cut through the creaminess of the marrow."

or you could roast it and then boil it with more bones in bone broth...

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:41 AM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/bone-marrow-recipe/

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:50 AM

ahhh. thanks lunabelle..

9759643ce5d97ab8fa649ae954656c4c

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:45 AM

This is how you would handle marrow bone that's been cut into neat little 1.5 inch slices that can be placed upright. The OP has a whole bone. :)

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