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Is bone marrow over-rated?

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I made roasted bone marrow for the first time, and it was not bad. Thing is, the grassfed bones cost $3 a pound here in Boston, and most of that is bone weight. The fat is really an accessory to whatever my protein is for the meal, and the bone will be used to enrich a soup. But for someone without a ton of cash, is it worth it? (don't tell me it depends on my preferences!). If the bones were cheap/free, I'd get them all the time.

I like the taste okay, but not as much as butter. It's probably quite nutritious. Are there dishes you've made that just scream for using bone marrow? If so, I'd be down to buy it occasionally. What I really want to do is eat it on toast for breakfast. Alas, my heart says yes, but my brain says no :(

(Also, those are greens with coconut-lime-chili dressing, and mushrooms fried in ghee! I'm finally learning to cook!)

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on December 28, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Girls usually don't have to flirt to get the bone they want, but more power to ya! +1

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on May 04, 2012
at 07:54 PM

I love and respect dogs, but my last dog (RIP, little buddy) would eat anything, from 99% chocolate (took a few days before he recovered from that one) to old garbage.

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on September 16, 2010
at 05:51 PM

Glenn- Ray's it literally midway between Courthouse and Rosslyn- so walking distance from those but you'd have to drive from Ballston. If you do end up driving there is parking. Also it's a cash only joint and don't be discouraged if there is a line!

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on September 16, 2010
at 05:50 PM

Kamal- I imagine it would be delicious:-)

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on September 16, 2010
at 05:49 PM

Kamal- I imagine it would be delicious:-) Glenn- I live in Arlington near Clarendon- Ray's is literally midway between Courthouse and Rosslyn- walking distance from either of those. There is a parking lot if you decide to drive and it's cash only:-)

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on September 15, 2010
at 05:27 PM

Naphtali, What part of town are you in? I live in Northwest DC and have been meaning to get to Ray's for a long time. (I occassionally work out at the Gold's in Ballston on Wilson Blvd. Is it far from there?)

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at 03:55 PM

Sometimes people prepare burgers by inserting some butter inside before cooking, allowing it to melt into the meat. I wonder how well that would work with marrow?

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on September 15, 2010
at 03:44 PM

My dog likes almonds:-)

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on September 15, 2010
at 04:16 AM

Do I think it matters? It depends on what ails you. If nothing, and this is an effort to eat healthier, no I don't think it matters. If you are having chronic health problems and want to try eating with a better fat profile, it probably would. To be sure there, is a huge difference between pastured animals and corn-fed. And marrow, being our blood factories, probably has more vitamins and better fats than mere intra-muscular fats. But to pay up on a regular basis for an otherwise healthy person I think is a stretch. Maybe more as an occasional treat/supplement... like pastured with calf liver.

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on September 14, 2010
at 08:12 PM

Actually, my dog vastly prefers green tripe. She also went psycho for fried pancreas. She likes bone marrow well enough but if you gave her a piece of fat all by itself and a bone with fat inside, she would eat the piece of fat all by itself first, then pick up the bone and carry it off to work on it. But what does a dog know! Truth is, my dog also loves wheat products! ;-)

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on September 14, 2010
at 08:07 PM

That's because the dog can't buy a slice of snickers cheesecake.

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on September 14, 2010
at 06:59 AM

I did it a couple of times and the taste didn't impress me either so I keep making stock/broth out of it. It IS a matter of taste...

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on September 14, 2010
at 03:40 AM

I'm going to make some stew with the bone in my slow cooker, but did not consider eating the bone. Will look into that, Will.

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on September 14, 2010
at 03:39 AM

This was essentially my conclusion. Bone marrow is sometimes touted to help what ails 'ya. But who knows. To me, it is seems to be a great purchase if you have a palate that craves that particular variety of fattiness. I would much rather have herbed butter. MMMMMMM!

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on September 14, 2010
at 03:27 AM

In addition to the marrow, you can use the bones themselves to make a highly nutritious stock. Then after cooking for long enough, the bones become soft and you can eat them directly. This gives you a lot more bang for your buck.

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on September 14, 2010
at 03:26 AM

I think I can get cheaper bones, but not cheaper grass fed bones. Do you think it matters? For now, I'm going for grassfed, just because it's a blob of fat and even more subject to the feed type (potentially??)

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on September 14, 2010
at 02:54 AM

I got it from Jennifer Hashley at Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds. She also sells pastured eggs. I picked these up at the downtown Tufts campus, in Chinatown (eggs $6/dozen).

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on September 14, 2010
at 02:47 AM

Where in Boston did you get the marrow? I could use a good source. Thanks!

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on September 14, 2010
at 01:12 AM

Also, that recipe looks good! If I were Bruce Almighty, I would make toast into a paleo food.

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on September 14, 2010
at 01:06 AM

Do you get your bones for free? If so, how much man-cleavage would I have to show to pull that off?

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on September 14, 2010
at 12:53 AM

Note that I (partially) got reeled into the bone marrow parade by Anthony Bourdain, who would eat it as his last meal, and seems to orgasm while eating it. Not that it's bad, it's actually quite good but also quite overpriced compared to other fats.

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on September 14, 2010
at 12:46 AM

Note that I got reeled in to the bone marrow parade by Anthony Bourdain, who would have that as his last meal, and seems to orgasm while eating it. Not that it's bad, it's actually quite good but also quite overpriced compared to other fats.

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on September 14, 2010
at 12:59 AM

Hmm, doesn't look like you got the nicest bone. I usually get my butcher to give me the best ones with the highest ratio of fat to bone...because I'm a flirtatious gal ;) I recommend the recipe in Nose to Tail at Home. It's delicious!!!!

I love bone marrow, but from a technical point of view grassfed butter might be a better bang for your buck. It's pretty similar nutritionally, though I think marrow has more minerals.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on September 14, 2010
at 01:06 AM

Do you get your bones for free? If so, how much man-cleavage would I have to show to pull that off?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on September 14, 2010
at 01:12 AM

Also, that recipe looks good! If I were Bruce Almighty, I would make toast into a paleo food.

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on December 28, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Girls usually don't have to flirt to get the bone they want, but more power to ya! +1

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on September 15, 2010
at 01:51 PM

Bone Marrow is delicious if prepared properly. Some of my favorite uses include soup and stock!

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on September 14, 2010
at 05:36 PM

The dog prefers bone marrow to any other food. I think that he's on to something.

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on September 14, 2010
at 08:12 PM

Actually, my dog vastly prefers green tripe. She also went psycho for fried pancreas. She likes bone marrow well enough but if you gave her a piece of fat all by itself and a bone with fat inside, she would eat the piece of fat all by itself first, then pick up the bone and carry it off to work on it. But what does a dog know! Truth is, my dog also loves wheat products! ;-)

D0a103cafaf4768c6dc69b1772a55877

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on September 15, 2010
at 03:44 PM

My dog likes almonds:-)

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on September 14, 2010
at 08:07 PM

That's because the dog can't buy a slice of snickers cheesecake.

121a16aded2bed8dca492d3c9662ef4c

(1327)

on May 04, 2012
at 07:54 PM

I love and respect dogs, but my last dog (RIP, little buddy) would eat anything, from 99% chocolate (took a few days before he recovered from that one) to old garbage.

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D0a103cafaf4768c6dc69b1772a55877

on September 15, 2010
at 03:52 PM

Not really a response to your question but more so a recipe recommendation: There is a great burger joint here in the DC area (Arlington) called Ray's Hell Burger that I love. My fave burger is called the "Dogcatcher"- sirloin burger topped with bone marrow and parsley (no bun for me obviously)... delicious... If you are ever in the area you should get one or even better try making one at home!

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on September 15, 2010
at 03:55 PM

Sometimes people prepare burgers by inserting some butter inside before cooking, allowing it to melt into the meat. I wonder how well that would work with marrow?

D0a103cafaf4768c6dc69b1772a55877

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on September 16, 2010
at 05:49 PM

Kamal- I imagine it would be delicious:-) Glenn- I live in Arlington near Clarendon- Ray's is literally midway between Courthouse and Rosslyn- walking distance from either of those. There is a parking lot if you decide to drive and it's cash only:-)

D0a103cafaf4768c6dc69b1772a55877

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on September 16, 2010
at 05:50 PM

Kamal- I imagine it would be delicious:-)

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on September 15, 2010
at 05:27 PM

Naphtali, What part of town are you in? I live in Northwest DC and have been meaning to get to Ray's for a long time. (I occassionally work out at the Gold's in Ballston on Wilson Blvd. Is it far from there?)

D0a103cafaf4768c6dc69b1772a55877

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on September 16, 2010
at 05:51 PM

Glenn- Ray's it literally midway between Courthouse and Rosslyn- so walking distance from those but you'd have to drive from Ballston. If you do end up driving there is parking. Also it's a cash only joint and don't be discouraged if there is a line!

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on September 14, 2010
at 03:28 AM

I wasn't able to find much info on bone marrow other than it is basically fat. I haven't seen any evidence that the fat inside the bone is any healthier for us to eat than the fat outside the bone. I tried bone marrow and to me it tastes similar to other meat fats. But it's a pain to get out and is not super cheap around here. I suspect in ancient times, fat was a very valuable commodity and not wasted. In modern times, IMO, it may not be worthe effort if you can't find a cheap source. How much do you want to pay for a few bites of hard to reach fat!?!

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on September 14, 2010
at 03:39 AM

This was essentially my conclusion. Bone marrow is sometimes touted to help what ails 'ya. But who knows. To me, it is seems to be a great purchase if you have a palate that craves that particular variety of fattiness. I would much rather have herbed butter. MMMMMMM!

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on September 14, 2010
at 03:01 AM

$3/lb is more than I would be willing to spend. I have a hard time believing there is so much demand for bones they have to charge that much to ration the supply. More likely it's marketing based: charging a lot creates an impression of a luxury item in the minds of consumers. Since most people will only occasionally cook with bones, or throw one to their dog ;-), they might not blanch at $3/lb since it's only a few bucks.

If it were me, I'd try to find another source, or ask if the butcher will give you a quantity discount. He might well be throwing most of them away. If you're going to buy 8-10lbs worth as a pre-order, and you don't mind if they are a little bigger and/or irregular (he might spend a lot of time cutting them up into cute little 3" segments), you might be able to get them for $1/lb so something.

Good luck.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on September 14, 2010
at 03:26 AM

I think I can get cheaper bones, but not cheaper grass fed bones. Do you think it matters? For now, I'm going for grassfed, just because it's a blob of fat and even more subject to the feed type (potentially??)

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on September 15, 2010
at 04:16 AM

Do I think it matters? It depends on what ails you. If nothing, and this is an effort to eat healthier, no I don't think it matters. If you are having chronic health problems and want to try eating with a better fat profile, it probably would. To be sure there, is a huge difference between pastured animals and corn-fed. And marrow, being our blood factories, probably has more vitamins and better fats than mere intra-muscular fats. But to pay up on a regular basis for an otherwise healthy person I think is a stretch. Maybe more as an occasional treat/supplement... like pastured with calf liver.

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