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Oct 4, 2013 08:20 PM

Bone Marrow

What is beef femur bone marrow used for in cooking?
I buy it as a treat for my dog.

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  1. Roasted with a little salt and pepper on it, then spoon onto toasted slices of baguette, with a tangy salad on the side. heaven.

    Also added to a beef stock for richness.

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    1. re: JMF

      I learned a little trick (probably here) of roasting each piece on a slice of baguette. That way if any 'leaks' out the bread catches it. Quite tasty. And, yeah, don't make the mistake of serving it with anything remotely rich. Too much of a good thing.

      1. re: c oliver

        I do the same and usually serve them with a simple arugula or mixed green salad dressed very lightly with lemon juice and olive oil.

        Once the marrow has been consumed the bones go to our dogs. Best of both worlds.

        1. re: foodieX2

          Very dangerous to give dogs cooked bones of any sort as they can splinter and cause internal damage. Only raw bones for pooch.

          1. re: PesachBenSchlomo

            Well all my dogs for the last 25 years have been given roasted beef bones without an issue. <shrug> I must live in a magical houseā€¦

            1. re: foodieX2

              No, you're poor pooches were lucky they didn't have problems. Really, do you think they say no to give them cooked bones for the fun of it? They have seen the bad things that can happen to a dog given cooked bones. Seriously it's our job to protect our dogs. You eat the bone next time see what happens.

            2. re: PesachBenSchlomo

              There seems to be varying opinions on that. I rely on my vet for that kind of advice. And I wasn't about to give a house dog a raw bone. Ugh. Our current dogs have never had bones. I just decided I no longer wanted to take any chance.

              1. re: c oliver

                my vet says raw-only beef or lamb bones bones, and that raw bones are good for their teeth.

                No cooked bones, poultry bones, or pork bones (the pork bones are more likely to splinter, says the man)

              2. re: PesachBenSchlomo

                The splintering of cooked bones is mainly a concern when talking about bird bones (chicken, turkey etc).

                Beef bones like this are quite different. For one thing, the 15 minutes of roasting to cook and extract the marrow does very little to the bone. This is not the same as bones that have been braised or used to make stock.

                And as I wrote in another post, beef marrow bones are some of the hardest and most solid bone around. The cross cut rounds are from the center of the bone, the densest part.

                If the femu is cut lengthwise, it will include some of the joint ends. There the solid bone changes to a more spongy kind. That is easier to chew.

                Supervise your dog when giving them bones, especially if it's something new or different in some way. And then rely on your judgement.

                1. re: paulj

                  Good to know. Thanks for the correction. Seems I have been unnecessarily denying treats to my dog.

          1. I buy marrow bones, either cut into 1" long rounds, or cut lengthwise in half. I roast them with salt (400 for about 15min), and indulge in the marrow (and avoid animal fats for the rest of the week :) ).

            The 'bare' bones are then given to the dog (1 or 2 a week). Now the dog's toy box is overflowing with bones. The center rounds of the femur are the most durable bone around.

            1. I roasted mine in the oven, sprinkled with salt and pepper and served on french baguette with arugula salad as a side - to die for!!!!!

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              1. re: Allenkii

                my butcher cuts them the long way - roast them with salt and pepper, serve with parsley lemon salad and baguette toasts - animal fat heaven. simple and superb

              2. The marrow is almost pure fat, so of course it's delicious!

                I've had it served with toast and a simple parsley salad. If you make osso buco, there's bone marrow in the finished dish, which give it a nice mouth feel. Marrow bones are also used for beef stocks.