Saturday, February 22, 2014

Roasted Marrow Bones

Don't think I am crazy, but yes I just made and ATE bone marrow. Yup, and it was REALLY good. I probably never would have thought about eating something like this if my daughter wasn't on The GAPS Diet for her eczema. The thought process is basically that to heal her eczema we need to heal her gut and things like bone broth and bone marrow will help do that.

Bone marrow is the fatty, jelly-like substance in the core of bones. It is really hilarious to me that I ate this because we have been giving these to our dogs for quite some time. Most animals are drawn right to the bone marrow when they capture prey because it is nutrient dense and rich in energy fuel. Watching my dogs wrestle with these bones in the yard for hours, I was totally unaware that the rest of the family was missing out because these things are delicious and nutritious. 

"Bone marrow fulfills many vital roles due to its high content of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and lipids (alkylglycerols). Bone marrow helps the immune system by carrying oxygen to cells in the body. It is one of the most effective remedies for the gut lining. Consuming bone marrow will help improve brain function, maintain healthy bones, support immune systems and speed up the healing process of any injury or fracture." 

If you want to try some for yourself, it is easy. I found them in the freezer section at a health food store, but I believe most markets carry them. If you don't find them right away ask the butcher. He may have them in back. I bought four organic, grass-fed marrow bones for about four dollars. The non-organic were half that, but I think we both know which ones are better for you...if you can, you should. 

Preheat oven to 450. Place defrosted bones on a baking sheet or in a glass baking dish. If one side is larger, place that side on the bottom so they don't tip over. 

Cook for about 20 minutes (or longer for larger size bones) and remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. They should be bubbling and sizzling. 

Push the nutrient rich marrow out of the bone. I believe they have special marrow extracting tools, but I used a knife and it fell right out.

I store it in a glass jar until ready to use.

My little one eats the stuff straight and loves it. I put some on crusty bread with a little goat cheese.
Mmmm, Don't knock it until you have tried it.

Or Try This Tasty Recipe: Roasted Marrow Bones with Parsley Salad

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