I have had bones brewing in water since yesterday morning - I put collected beef bones in 2 pots with a couple of tbsps cider vinegar in each - my daughter (non/anti paleo) is completely grossed out by the stench - I'm not too pleased either - is this normal - did I get bad bones? I'm planning to cook them until tomorrow, but my plans may be sabotaged by the odor!!!!! Nothing but bones and water - what could cause this smell - I guess this is kind of urgent - because I would like to keep peace in the house (single old man (paleo) with 26 yr old grossed out daughter)!
If you are trying to make bone stock for the first time I would suggest the following:
Beef bones smell more strongly than other bones. Pork bones are also smell quite strong.
You can try using lamb or chicken bones as these are much milder if you live in a small apartment.
Use bones that have been cooked previously.
Add roughly chopped vegetables such as a onion, a carrot and cellery. The vegetables can stay in the whole time and are discarded at the end with the bones. Vegetable scraps like carrot peelings can also be used instead.
Season with a little salt and pepper.
Leave out the vinegar or try lemon juice as others suggest, this will impove the smell.
Cover with water in a pan on the stove, bring to the boil and then simmer on a low heat with a lid on the pan.
If any scum rises to the surface during cooking, skim it off.
Simmer for 6 hours. I would try this shorter time to begin with as this will also reduce the smell, it will still make good stock. Cooking for two days is a very long time in a small apartment.
Strain out the bones and vegetables from the liquid and refrigerate.
As someone who also lives in an small shared apartment you need to make compromises on these things. Recipes that might be fine left boiling for days if you live in a large house with a big well ventilated kitchen are not always possible.
I find that lamb or chicken bones do not smell bad cooked this way.
What you should try doing is what Koreans do with cooking soups with beef bones (oxtail, ribs, etc). You should soak the bones in cold water for at least 2-3 hrs, best if done overnight, (replace the bloody water every hour or so) to drain the excessive blood from the product. After draining, do NOT place the bones in the pot of water before it starts boiling. Always add the bones when the water is boiling. After you add the bones, you will see the excessive blood and bone pieces float to the top. Discard the nasty stuff and pour everything from the pot out(do not save the stock!). Wash the meat and the bones with cold water, get a new pot of water to boil the soup properly. Add the meat and the bones to the pot and let it come to a rolling boil, decrease the heat to low and let it simmer for a few hours. By doing this, the nasty smell only lasts during the first 10 minutes of the initial boiling to rid the bones and the meat of the horrible smell. :)
It definitely smells up the house for me too. I wouldn't call it "stinky", but it isn't the most pleasant think I've ever smelled.
I keep the windows open a lot whenever it's above 50 degrees out, so it's not a major issue for me.
I find that if I'm scrupulously careful not to let the stock boil, the smell is fine. Better than fine with roasted bones. If the liquid boils though, the house smells like a glue factory. (Oh, and I miss out the vinegar.)
It's not the best smell. For me, it smells a lot like "sour" apple cider vinegar, if that makes any sense. The stock doesn't taste anything like the smell, though.
Sally Fallon mentions in Nourishing Traditions that beef stock doesn't smell so great while it's brewing in the pot. If she says it and we've both experienced the same not-so-good stench, then that's probably just the way it is.
Make an awesome stew or sauce out of the nasty smelling broth to silence your daughter.
I have a pot going right now. It is in the garage in an electric slow cooker. We find the smell to much, but we have a very small house, only 4 rooms so the smell of anything tends to get everywhere. Bone Broth is just too much :)
I find that making bone broth or stock does smell quite a lot. I don't find it too unpleasant, but it's certainly quite a 'stale' kind of odour. Is there any fat left on your bones or is it just bones? I find the smell of boiled, previously frozen fat to be pretty unappetising.