I am going to start making bone broth because I am having gut issues. Where the hell do I buy good bones? Can I just ask the guy in whole foods for some bones? Will he look at me like I am insane?
Our Whole Foods has bags of bones in the freezer section. I've never paid more than $3 for a big bag of grass fed beef bones. Be sure to ask someone where to find them in the store.
It won't help you but we also score big bags of grass fed marrow bones full of marrow from the farm store DH's employer owns. Sometimes, they have plenty of meat attached as well. We only pay a few dollars for those, too, thanks to the employee discount.
Whole Foods also has frozen "air chilled" chicken carcasses--I still don't get what "air chilled" is with respect to whether the chicken was free ranged/pastured.
Try to get knuckle bones and feet, they provide a large amount of gelatin which is very good for gut also.
and I'd always do grass fed, especially since bones are so cheap for grass fed. I assume if non grass fed meats have an undesirable lipid profile, then the bones would as well. I personally like to try to render as much fat as possible, and extract as much minderals/gelatin out of the bones when making broth by letting it simmer on the lowest heat possible, I do mine for about 24 hours at least. But I'd wouldn't do it less than 12 hours, personally
Ask your local butchers, they will usually give you some. Although many these days may look at you like you have 2 heads.
If this isn't possible, you can get them online along with all sorts of organic/grass fed meat, depending on where you live.
Any grocery store that still has butchers is going to have bones available. Just gotta ask them. If they get their meats prepackaged (SAMS, WAL-MART, etc etc) then they won't have them. Another good place is any farmers market where they are selling local beef. Many Spanish grocery stores will have a wide variety of bones available, I saw pig heads and rooster feet at one.
I asked the guy at the Whole Foods meat counter if they had bones from grass fed cows. He didn't bat an eye, said yes, and got me some. How easy was that??
Now I wonder (is this worthy of a real PH question?), does it really matter much if the bones are from grass-fed animals or not?
My Whole Foods doesn't have grass-fed bones either. I am actually having a hell of a time finding some grass-fed marrow boned in Denver, Colorado. I probably just don't have the right resources as so far I've only been looking at farmer's markets, grocery stores, and online. But I'm still surprised at how difficult the search has been.
If you can get a connection with a butcher that does grass-fed your problems will be over. Every one of the grass fed farmers listed in eatwild.com must have a butcher for processing, and typically bones are not wanted by the customer. Since you are there, you can get tallow and offal too.
For non grass-fed, my Kroger has bones in the frozen section.
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