You do what you're told — you include plenty of bones, soft tissue, and even bones with marrow when making your bone broth.
…you find some (or all) of the marrow is still in the bones — not in the broth — when it's done cooking.
Is that ok? Should you extract the marrow or… just figure it's all good?
Tami T. is wondering as well: “Do bones need to be broken at the end of the cooking cycle in order to release the marrow?”
Great question, Tami! Let's talk about it today on #AskWardee.
The Question: How To Release The Marrow Into The Broth?
Tami T. asks:
Do bones need to be broken at the end of the cooking cycle in order to release the marrow?
Before I give you the quick and easy answer, let's first get on the same page…
Why Bone Marrow In Broth?
“Ick” some of you might be thinking.
Bone marrow? Why would anyone willing eat that, much less put it in their broth on purpose?
I happen to think it's delicious — in fact, I will scoop out marrow from roasts and such and spread it on bread or crackers to eat on the spot. Yet there are very good nutritional reasons to include marrow in your broth.
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, creator of the GAPS Diet, says this:
“Meat and fish stocks provide building blocks for the rapidly growing cells of the gut lining and they have a soothing effect on any areas of inflammation in the gut. That is why they aid digestion and have been known for centuries as healing folk remedies for the digestive tract.
The gelatinous soft tissues around the bones and the bone marrow provide some of the best healing remedies for the gut lining and the immune system; your patient needs to consume them with every meal.”
My friend Megan from Eat Beautiful is a master at this; she creates beautiful, creamy, and thick bisques (see #4 of this post) by blending broth that's made with fat, soft tissue, and marrow with well-cooked veggies and healing herbs and spices like ginger.
So now that we all agree that marrow is important to include in bone broth… 🙂
What are the best ways to extract marrow for bone broth?
The Best Ways To Extract Marrow For Bone Broth
Once again, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride comes to our rescue with one idea for getting that marrow out and into your bone broth. She says:
“Strip off all the soft tissues from the bones as best as you can to later add to soups or encourage your patient to eat all the soft tissues on the bones. Extract the bone marrow out of large tubular bones while they are still warm: to do that bang the bone on a thick wooden chopping board.”
Since she doesn't specify when this can happen, I'll add a bit from my experience. I have been able to extract marrow just after the bones are roasted or even at the end of making broth. So, yes, Tami, you would break the bones at the end to release the marrow if it's not already released.
If I do it at the end of broth-making, I don't usually bang my bones on a cutting board; I tap them strongly on the side of the pot so the marrow falls out right where it's wanted.
To get every little bit out, the best tool is… a chopstick or a nutcracker (the long thin pokey ones). Yes! Just poke it around in there where normal spoons won't reach and scrape off all the marrow. Sucking also works. 😉
Finally, another easy way to release marrow is available to you if your marrow bones are pre-cut open by the butcher. Then you would roast them at 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for a half hour or so. This adds amazing flavor to your broth and is worth it just for that. Before tossing the bones into the stock pot to make broth, scoop out the marrow. Then, add both marrow and bones to the stock pot.
So, Tami, you're on the right track!
And I'm especially excited that you're making broth with marrow because that makes it so much better!
I hope these tips help!
How To Eat Bone Broth
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