I make a pot each week and have a cup every morning to start my day instead of tea. I just wonder what I can do with these bones once I've used them. I feel like they are too solid for putting in my municipal compost pickup even though they accept food scraps they accept rocks, and these bones are solid and heavy! Any ideas out there?
I, personally, don't see anything wrong with sending it to the municipal compost pickup.
Most gardening/compost books say to leave out meat products for most backyard gardeners, but there's really nothing wrong with it if the composting is done properly (with the correct ratios of nitrogen and carbon) and there's little chance of cross-contaminating your neighbors with yucky pathogens that haven't been broken down yet (ie, if birds or other local fauna get into your compost bin and spread the non-composted scraps around the neighborhood).
In municipal compost facilities, the chances of things not being broken down correctly and possibly contaminating the neighborhood are drastically mitigated. Bones (even those hefty marrow bones) WILL break down given enough time, heat and the proper c/n ratio.
I give them to my coworker for his dogs. They love them! Sometimes, he puts peanut butter inside, and they will spend hours trying to tong it out.
Lately, I'll use the bones twice in my bone broths (first time with the marrow). The 2nd time there's no marrow, but I figure there's still plenty of minerals inside.
PS: I'm told NOT to give chicken bones to dogs. There appears to be a question about chicken feet. I saw a youtube video of a dog munching on chicken feet, but I really don't know.
Yes, as Dan pointed out, make more broth!
Bones can be used a few times before they become compost or jewelry (yep, tap into your crafty self to make bone jewelry).
Paul Jaminet, author of The Perfect Health Diet, explains his process on his blog. Clicking this link will take you to that article. In fact, he uses vinegar for his secondary broth (something I have not tried yet). But the point is, each time you make a broth with the same bones, more good stuff is leeched from them.
Give it a try and then let us know how it goes.
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