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Where do I buy bones for bone broth?

Answered on September 08, 2016
Created September 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I am going to start making bone broth because I am having gut issues. Where the hell do I buy good bones? Can I just ask the guy in whole foods for some bones? Will he look at me like I am insane?

Thanks, Bronson

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on June 02, 2013
at 01:16 AM

no community chicken baths, they are individually "air chilled" I think it's on their website: http://maryschickens.com/Airchilled.htm

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on January 24, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Sadly, my whole foods doesn't have any grassed bones :-(

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on September 13, 2012
at 01:21 PM

Air-chilled doesn't have anything to do with whether the chicken was free-ranged or pastured. It just describes how it was processed after slaughter...although if someone is going to go through the process of air-chilling the chicken it is usually going to at least be hormone and antibiotic free. http://www.bellandevans.com/content/air-chilled

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on September 12, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Buy bone-in meat. Eat meat, save bones.

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on September 12, 2012
at 11:51 PM

Try to get knuckle bones and feet, they provide a large amount of gelatin which is very good for gut also.

and I'd always do grass fed, especially since bones are so cheap for grass fed. I assume if non grass fed meats have an undesirable lipid profile, then the bones would as well. I personally like to try to render as much fat as possible, and extract as much minderals/gelatin out of the bones when making broth by letting it simmer on the lowest heat possible, I do mine for about 24 hours at least. But I'd wouldn't do it less than 12 hours, personally

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on September 12, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Our Whole Foods has bags of bones in the freezer section. I've never paid more than $3 for a big bag of grass fed beef bones. Be sure to ask someone where to find them in the store.

It won't help you but we also score big bags of grass fed marrow bones full of marrow from the farm store DH's employer owns. Sometimes, they have plenty of meat attached as well. We only pay a few dollars for those, too, thanks to the employee discount.

Whole Foods also has frozen "air chilled" chicken carcasses--I still don't get what "air chilled" is with respect to whether the chicken was free ranged/pastured.

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on September 13, 2012
at 01:21 PM

Air-chilled doesn't have anything to do with whether the chicken was free-ranged or pastured. It just describes how it was processed after slaughter...although if someone is going to go through the process of air-chilling the chicken it is usually going to at least be hormone and antibiotic free. http://www.bellandevans.com/content/air-chilled

312537f2ecb216c830c3fd351efcfbbc

(110)

on June 02, 2013
at 01:16 AM

no community chicken baths, they are individually "air chilled" I think it's on their website: http://maryschickens.com/Airchilled.htm

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on September 12, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Whole foods and fresh market definitely

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on September 08, 2016
at 12:46 PM

I use a farm called Seven Sons Farms based out of Fort Wayne, IN that sells 100% grassfed beef bones. I know they have buing clubs in all over from Chicago, Toledo, Indianpolis, and Detroit. They have a pretty good selection of beef bones and lamb bones too.

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on August 17, 2016
at 04:32 PM

Found a place online that sells them- Grasslandbeef

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on February 21, 2016
at 11:05 AM

I have just found this site selling organic stock and marrow bones as well as other grass fed organic meat, including some harder to find cuts. I have just placed my first order, will see what it's like. I can't add a link as I am new here, but the site is Coombe Farm Organic. It's a UK site.

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on July 24, 2013
at 03:29 PM

If you can get a connection with a butcher that does grass-fed your problems will be over. Every one of the grass fed farmers listed in eatwild.com must have a butcher for processing, and typically bones are not wanted by the customer. Since you are there, you can get tallow and offal too.

For non grass-fed, my Kroger has bones in the frozen section.

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on July 24, 2013
at 04:36 AM

My Whole Foods doesn't have grass-fed bones either. I am actually having a hell of a time finding some grass-fed marrow boned in Denver, Colorado. I probably just don't have the right resources as so far I've only been looking at farmer's markets, grocery stores, and online. But I'm still surprised at how difficult the search has been.

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:19 PM

I asked the guy at the Whole Foods meat counter if they had bones from grass fed cows. He didn't bat an eye, said yes, and got me some. How easy was that??

Now I wonder (is this worthy of a real PH question?), does it really matter much if the bones are from grass-fed animals or not?

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on January 24, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Sadly, my whole foods doesn't have any grassed bones :-(

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on September 12, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Any grocery store that still has butchers is going to have bones available. Just gotta ask them. If they get their meats prepackaged (SAMS, WAL-MART, etc etc) then they won't have them. Another good place is any farmers market where they are selling local beef. Many Spanish grocery stores will have a wide variety of bones available, I saw pig heads and rooster feet at one.

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on September 12, 2012
at 06:33 PM

Ask your local butchers, they will usually give you some. Although many these days may look at you like you have 2 heads.

If this isn't possible, you can get them online along with all sorts of organic/grass fed meat, depending on where you live.

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