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Jul 25, 2006 05:55 AM

Bone Marrow

I"m interested in developing some recipes involving bone marrow. Does anyone know how to get bone marrow that is prepped and ready-to-use? I imagine I will need to talk to a good butcher, but maybe someone knows of a mail order resource that I can order bone marrow. Any leads? Thoughts?

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  1. I've only seen the marrow bones, but I do have some memory of seeing bones cut or split lengthwise and the marrow taken out whole - it might well have been in an anatomy class. I'd be surprised if this is commercially available as it seems labor intensive and perishable with limited demand, but I will be interested to see what responses you get.

    1. Here is a long thread on beef marrow, which may be helpful:

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      1. re: Darren72

        Wow, thanks for the thread Darren72! Although it mentions frozen de-boned beef marrow in 6" to 10" lengths (amazing!), it doesn't say the source. I'll have to keep looking. Thanks again!

        1. re: Kain Natayo

          I noticed that also. You could post a response and ask where he got them, or if others on that site know where to get them.

      2. De-boned marrow is a weird idea. The first step in any recipe requiring marrow should be roasting the bones.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I'm sure that's one way of doing it. It does eliminate, though, a chance to sear the outside of the marrow and retain some kind of texture on the inside. It also eliminates possibilities of poaching or confit.

          1. re: Kain Natayo

            I agree. I'll also add that most recipes have a first step of roasting the bone because most people who buy marrow buy bones with marrow. As Kain said, though, there are other ways to prepare it.

          2. re: Robert Lauriston

            I'm with you on that one I can't imagine not roasting and or braising the marrow bones. And what would I use my marrow spoons for if it had alread been removed?

          3. Niman Ranch sells (or, at least they used to; I think they still do) frozen beef marrow without the bone in 2/lb packages. No idea what it costs.


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                  1. re: JoanN

                    Wow, kidney suet too! Many thanks--I never found that part of their web site before.