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Is broth and fat from conventional pork OK?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 04, 2011 at 9:15 PM

I have been to all 5 local grocery stores in town (not WalMart yet) talking to the guys in the meat dept. They all say they never have any beef bones...no soup bones, no marrow bones, no dog bones, not even cross cut beef shanks. The only thing available seems to be pork: feet, neck, ribs, etc. Of course this is all conventional pork. Is it even worth it to make stock out of these pork bones? I have a calf reserved to buy next fall from a local farmer (it won't be totally pastured, but much better than feedlot). So do I bother with pork broth or not? Also, I can get pork fat from a source to render my own lard, but again this will not be pastured pork. Do I go down this road or not?

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on June 05, 2011
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pcurious..that is actually where I started...several butcher shops are out of business it seems. There are processing outfits...bring your own cow, deer, etc. in...but the closest I have found is about an hour away..not sure yet whether they will sell any beef bones that customers didn't want...that is what I am trying next..they have not answered phone messages so far..I remember when there were local butcher shops..so sad

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on June 04, 2011
at 09:31 PM

farmers are usually pretty cool about hooking you up with their pals, especially if you already have an order with them.

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on June 04, 2011
at 09:24 PM

I would say don't bother, aside from the PUFAs in conventionally raised pork, pork broth is not the most versatile broth. Its good for some things for sure, like asian style soups and braising greens, but beef stock or chicken stock is much more versatile. So all in all, I just wouldn't bother. Look online for beef bones or try eatwild.com and see if there is anything near where you are. You could also ask the farmer you will be dealing with if he has any buddies that do pork or lamb.

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on June 04, 2011
at 09:31 PM

farmers are usually pretty cool about hooking you up with their pals, especially if you already have an order with them.

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on June 05, 2011
at 12:10 AM

There are ways to mail order grassfed/pastured animal products...have you looked into that at all? I personally would continue to strive to find the much more highly nutritious and humanely raised animals' bones and fat. http://www.eatwild.com/ http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok

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on June 04, 2011
at 09:34 PM

I use conventional pork bones for stock because they're so cheap and plentiful. If it's the only way to get real bone broth, I say go for it. Ditch the fat that settles on top and enjoy the broth.

It's far better than no broth at all.

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on June 05, 2011
at 10:26 PM

If you have any ethnic markets in town you might check there. The Mexican market in my town has a whole bunch of types of bones (not grass fed).

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on June 04, 2011
at 11:31 PM

Most stores get their meat pre-cut (at least most of the way cut) that is why you can't get bones. Get out that old fashioned and obsolete thing called a phone book and see if you can find a butcher shop, you are more likely to get bones there.

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on June 05, 2011
at 12:00 AM

pcurious..that is actually where I started...several butcher shops are out of business it seems. There are processing outfits...bring your own cow, deer, etc. in...but the closest I have found is about an hour away..not sure yet whether they will sell any beef bones that customers didn't want...that is what I am trying next..they have not answered phone messages so far..I remember when there were local butcher shops..so sad

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