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Breaking Lamb bones

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Does anyone have any tips on breaking lamb bones without splintering them so that you can get at the marrow? A simple method would be good without special tools or saws. Many thanks

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on December 20, 2012
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Thanks for all your help, guys

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on December 17, 2012
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I just take a firm grip by hand and saw it near edge of my counter. Proper saw is essential, too fine will clog from the fatty marrow.

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on December 16, 2012
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Thanks Jan. How do you hold a slippery, greasy bone well enough in the kitchen to saw it?

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on December 16, 2012
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At the local butcher's they use an electric machine with a saw blade. Makes perfect cuts which make me envious, but these are expensive machines, I reckon.

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Thanks Eric In an urban context, I do not have sharpened hand axe or clean log readily available, unless I do get them ready for the occasional need! Any way of doing this easily in the kitchen with readily available tools? I am surprised that the hand axe does not splinter. All my efforts have been pretty disasterous.

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on December 16, 2012
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I usually use a hand axe, with the bone on a log. Breaks them without splintering, I get two pieces, sometimes i get a rough edge. np.

848976b924ab521cc217ae63a3ff456a

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on December 16, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Thanks Eric In an urban context, I do not have sharpened hand axe or clean log readily available, unless I do get them ready for the occasional need! Any way of doing this easily in the kitchen with readily available tools? I am surprised that the hand axe does not splinter. All my efforts have been pretty disasterous.

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on December 16, 2012
at 04:46 PM

At the local butcher's they use an electric machine with a saw blade. Makes perfect cuts which make me envious, but these are expensive machines, I reckon.

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on December 16, 2012
at 10:27 PM

In terms of some "urban" solutions which require no tools I'd recommend:

a. (if your bone already had at least one cut end, but the marrow isn't budging) tap the cut end hard and repeatedly on a chopping board (if that doesn't work you can intermittently poke it with a chopstick or kebab skewer) until it comes out.

b. (if your bone is whole with both ends on it, or method (a.) doesn't work) try making the lamb bone into a broth by covering it with water and slow cooking for several hours, then after it's done cooking - break off the softened cartilage from the ends and blow or use a chopstick to get the marrow moving.

c. (for the future, if your bone was whole) enquire if your butcher or someone from your supermarket's butchery department can cut through the bone with their awesome electric saw thingee, so you can use method (a.) to get marrow sooner and undiluted by long cooking in broth.

All the best with accessing that sweet, tasty goodness!

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on December 20, 2012
at 11:29 PM

Thanks for all your help, guys

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on December 16, 2012
at 04:42 PM

I use a saw, safer and less collateral damage.

848976b924ab521cc217ae63a3ff456a

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on December 16, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Thanks Jan. How do you hold a slippery, greasy bone well enough in the kitchen to saw it?

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on December 17, 2012
at 02:19 PM

I just take a firm grip by hand and saw it near edge of my counter. Proper saw is essential, too fine will clog from the fatty marrow.

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