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Postby cmsellers » Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:13 am

I've been making a lot of pork ribs lately, because they're relatively cheap and delicious, not to mention easy. I've also splurged and gotten a beef rib at a barbecue point, and probably will again. Whenever I have ribs, I think about how much of the meal by weight goes to waste, because I (and most Americans) don't eat bone marrow. (If I did eat bone marrow, the outsides of the bones and the cartilage would be all that were left over.)

My late maternal grandfather, whose parents were from Austria and always seemed very European himself, would eat the marrow religiously, which grossed out many of his children. Most Americans I've met who tried it tell me that bone marrow has a weird taste and an appallingly greasy texture. As someone who is particular about both things, I've thus never tried it.

Bone marrow is supposedly some of the richest food on the planet, high in both fat and nutrients, and I've read suggestions that we evolved our big brains by eating bone marrow, being some of only a handful of animals that could get at it (a few animals, like dogs, hyenas, and Tasmanian devils have bone-crushing jaws; out ancestors had hands and rocks).

It looks absolutely delicious; my mouth waters when I look at the open end of a marrowbone. But I can't bring myself to try it, and unlike other foods, nobody has ever egged me on until I did.

So I figured I'd ask you lot: has anybody eaten bone marrow and enjoyed it? Does anybody have any recipes (keeping in mind that I don't eat soup), so as to reduce what might be otherwise overwhelming fattiness?
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Re: Bone marrow

Postby LaChaise » Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:35 am

I do eat bone marrow (honestly, is there anything the French won't eat?)

There's only one occasion we do it in my family though: pot-au-feu. Pot-au-feu is pretty good by itself, but eating the bone marrow is the best part, the treat my mom and I always fight over. We eat it with a spoon, adding salt and some lemon juice over it.

Without the lemon or the salt, it is indeed just a greasy blob. With them, it's a delicious greasy blob. Plus, it takes in all the flavor from the broth, and gives the broth its greasy surface.
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Re: Bone marrow

Postby Jack Road » Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:54 am

LaChaise wrote:Is there anything the French won't eat?


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Re: Bone marrow

Postby LaChaise » Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:24 am

I would at least *retches* try.
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Re: Bone marrow

Postby AboveGL » Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:32 pm

I'd love to try it some time.

I've GOT to try it some time.
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Re: Bone marrow

Postby sunglasses » Sun Oct 11, 2015 3:06 pm

Ewwwwwww. I remember when my sister was little (2)she'd crack open chicken bones and suck out the marrow. I didn't even know what the fuck bone marrow was until I heard my Dad laughing about her habit.
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Re: Bone marrow

Postby Tuli » Sun Oct 11, 2015 3:51 pm

sunglasses wrote:Ewwwwwww. I remember when my sister was little (2)she'd crack open chicken bones and suck out the marrow.


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I still do that... Sometimes.

Sometimes I also chew on pork ribs to get at the marrow but they are generally too tough to yield much. I also eat all the cartilage. Mm, crunchy.

I've never had a dish specifically made out of marrow though.
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Re: Bone marrow

Postby Aquila89 » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:09 pm

When I was a kid, my mother would prepare bone marrow sometimes. We had it on toast with salt and pepper. I quite liked it, I regarded it as a treat.
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