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marrow bones - price and defrosting?

tc2012 Feb 20, 2012 07:27 PM

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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    takuhead Feb 20, 2012 08:06 PM

    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. Windy Feb 20, 2012 09:22 PM

      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
        Ruth Lafler Feb 20, 2012 09:41 PM

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

      2. Robert Lauriston Feb 21, 2012 09:32 AM

        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
          tc2012 Feb 21, 2012 11:15 AM

          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
            gdiego Feb 28, 2012 06:38 PM

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

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              Robert Lauriston Feb 28, 2012 07:43 PM

              I'd order them again at Marlowe and Campanula.

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                jmarek Feb 29, 2012 10:18 PM

                Love the ones at RN74

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            PantryRaid Feb 28, 2012 07:37 PM

            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.

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