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Eating the bones?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 13, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Hi everyone,

I've seen a few questions asked about chewing on softened chicken bones after having used them to make stock, but mine relates to pork bones.

I was straining my pork broth yesterday - it was the second broth from that batch of bones so the bones were soft and crumbly - and as I usually do I grabbed a spoon to scrape out the last of the marrow. Wasting marrow is a cardinal sin in my book :)

There wasn't any of the soft, fatty marrow left, and I realised that I was actually just scraping away at the inside of the bone itself. It was delicious, the texture was AWESOME (like a cookie... a meat-flavoured cookie), and eventually I just gave up all pretense, picked up the bone and crunched right in. It was DELICIOUS.

Not being an expert in bone composition, I'm not sure which 'part' of the bone I actually ate - it wasn't the white outer shell, it was the brown inside. I'm pretty sure it wasn't marrow though, I've eaten marrow plenty of times and this had a totally different texture. As I said, it was almost cookie-like rather than soft and fatty.

So I have three questions:

  1. what was I actually eating, was it actual bone?
  2. is there any danger to doing so? As I said, it was delicious and I'd do it again, but only if there are no risks to it! I'm not a squeamish eater so I'm not worried about the 'weird' factor, just any possible safety issues
  3. has anyone else done this?

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on April 15, 2013
at 06:36 AM

Chicken bones won't splinter once they're softened and dissolving. But roasted bones definitely will.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on April 15, 2013
at 06:35 AM

I love softened pork bones. I eat them too. Lots of minerals!

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on April 13, 2013
at 01:42 PM

Yes, I've eaten bones, and YES THEY ARE DELICIOUS!!!!

I watched my Polish parents do it when I was a kid. I'd be careful eating chicken drumstick bones, as they splinter.

I know the part you speak of, but I'm not sure what it is.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on April 15, 2013
at 06:36 AM

Chicken bones won't splinter once they're softened and dissolving. But roasted bones definitely will.

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