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Whole Foods - Beef Marrow Bones

VealParmGuy Jul 16, 2008 11:29 PM

Was at Whole Foods this evening and saw Marrow Bones in the freezer section.

Has anyone had any experience with these? Are they suitable for roasting?

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  1. hill food RE: VealParmGuy Jul 16, 2008 11:46 PM

    what city are you in???

    TELL ME!

    my full service butcher won't sell marrow or suet.

    roast, grill, or broil, scoop the marrow out onto croutons and save the bones for stock.

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    1. re: hill food
      VealParmGuy RE: hill food Jul 17, 2008 12:11 AM

      Los Angeles. It was at the West Hollywood Whole Foods.

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        Lisbet RE: hill food Jul 17, 2008 02:52 AM

        My favorite way of using marrow:

        Marrow Dumplings for Soups

        1/3 cup (3 ounces) raw marrow
        2 teaspoons finely cut parsley
        2 unbeaten eggs
        ½ teaspoon salt
        ¼ teaspoon paprika
        20 soda crackers, rolled fine OR:
        1 cup finely grated bread crumbs
        granular onion powder (to taste), optional

        Scoop marrow from beef shank bone and press through a coarse sieve (to remove any pieces of bone or splinters).

        Add remaining ingredients in order given and beat until thoroughly blended. Let stand 2 minutes to stiffen slightly for easier handling. Shape level teaspoon of mixture into balls with hands. Drop into boiling soup, cover and boil gently 5 minutes. Serve at once in soup.

        Note: Recipe doesn't call for it, but I add a touch of baking powder so the marrow dumplings won't be so dense. About 1/3 teaspoon, or a little less. Good in any chicken, beef, and especially vegetable soups. Can be frozen for future use.

        1. re: hill food
          michele cindy RE: hill food Jul 17, 2008 04:18 AM

          Hill - Most supermarkets will sell them to you, butchers used to give them to you.

        2. Morganna RE: VealParmGuy Jul 17, 2008 06:16 AM

          one of the ways you see this in restaurants is roasted in the oven (I don't know if it's basted with anything during the roasting) then served on a plate with toast/crackers/bread to spread the marrow on and some salt. Saw this in a No Reservations in NYC, but I can't remember the exact details of how they served, but Bourdain says it's one of his favourite foods.

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            guerra2100 RE: VealParmGuy Feb 21, 2009 03:56 PM

            A staple of South Texas Mexican food is beef caldo, or soup, which is made with beef shank, cabbage and other cold-weather vegetables. But families fight over who gets the tuetano, or beef marrow, which is prized as a spread , like butter, on fresh corn tortillas. It's wonderful stuff and it is served as an appetizer in many high-end Mexican eateries.

            1. alwayscooking RE: VealParmGuy Feb 21, 2009 04:04 PM

              I buy them from WF (my SO can't believe that you actually have to pay for bones) and use them to make stock by first roasting them and then simmering them forever. It's not as nice as veal bones for stock but easier to find. I'll sometimes lose a few of them between the oven and the pot - depends who in the house knows about tasty marrow (great with bread, onion, and mustard).

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                karykat RE: VealParmGuy Feb 21, 2009 06:32 PM

                This is probably an unanswerable question but -- what does marrow taste like? Is it a beefy taste, like you might get if you roasted bones to make stock?

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                  alwayscooking RE: karykat Feb 23, 2009 07:06 AM

                  Next time you buy shank bones for stock or osso buco, roast them, scoop out the marrow and taste it - for some, it's the best part of the cow.

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                    PegS RE: karykat Feb 24, 2009 02:45 PM

                    It's like beef flavored jelly. Mmmmmmm....

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                      karykat RE: PegS Feb 24, 2009 07:46 PM

                      That sounds good to me!

                  2. Demented RE: VealParmGuy Feb 21, 2009 08:48 PM

                    The only thing I've bought marrow bones for was to make beef stock.

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