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marrow bones - price and defrosting?

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Do you need to defrost the marrow bones before roasting? Also, how much do you pay for them in the bay area? I just went to Whole Foods and they're $5.99/lb. Did I get shanked?

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  1. no need to defrost before roasting - and I think that's a fair price for better raised beef marrow...
    you could get cheaper factory farmed marrow bones at safeway.....not sure I would eat marrow from those bones....

    Most pastured or grassfed marrow bones are going to cost at least that much in the bay area...
    enjoy and know that you are getting some good stuff!

    1. I think that's much too expensive. Agreed, it matters where the cow comes from. I've paid $3-4 a pound which still seems high for bones.

      And no need to defrost. Just sprinkle with salt, roast, serve with parsley, lemon, olive oil, capers.

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      1. re: Windy

        I agree -- I think they're usually $3/lb at my local butcher, who only sells "good stuff."

      2. That seems awfully high though it depends on where it came from and how carefully they were selected for nice big sections of marrow. You'll get a better deal by going to Berkeley Bowl, buying the whole bone, and having them cut it for you.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Well it certainly wasn't kobe beef bones. How much is it at Berkeley Bowl? Any recommendations for markets with better quality bones around the south bay that's not too expensive?

          1. re: tc2012

            I recently enjoyed bone marrow with oxtail marmalade in New York. What restaurants in San Francisco serve good bone marrow?

            1. re: gdiego

              I'd order them again at Marlowe and Campanula.

          2. I bought marrow bones at Diablo Foods in Lafayette recently and they were about three bucks per pound. They will cut them to any length you like. I trust the quality there more than I would trust Whole Foods.