Bone Marrow Stock

time to warm up

I swear in the name of all that is holy if I get sick in the next few days I am going to throw a tantrum. Kramer and I are having one last barbeque this weekend and it is going to be an all out feast. We’re planning on a clambake, outside on the grill. I have about 10 pounds of seafood on order, in addition to a few pounds of sweet corn and baby potatoes. I am going to be making biscuits and chocolate chip cookies and if I have time, focaccia bread. The only thing standing between me and end-of-summer grilling glory is the fact that Kramer is just getting over his cold and my fear is that it is incubating in me. I have been popping zinc and drinking Emergen-C like there was a zombie outbreak and this magical combination will make me immune to the walking dead virus. My old boss was a doctor turned healthcare analyst and he told me that zinc was the only thing that’s been proven to work against colds, so like many before me, I am hedging my bets based on his advice. Don’t fail me now, doc. Anyone else swear by anything else? I will go to the pharmacy later today and buy them out of whatever you people say works. I just do not want to get sick! Help! All of those clams and mussels need to be cleaned and de-bearded by healthy hands.

Bone Marrow Stock

Me with bangs (!), chicken milanese sandwich at Fornino and a bourbon cocktail, beautiful short ribs and poor, sick Kramer.
Maybe in an effort to distract myself, or maybe just because the weather is changing so I wanted to do the same, I installed some bangs in my dome last night. It is going to take some getting used to as I haven’t had bangs in well over five years and I still feel like something is about to fall in my eye, but I’m sure I’ll shake that feeling soon. For now it’s hello, autumn! I have new fashions for you in the form of hair on my forehead. Soak it in. My actual goal is to look like Zooey Deschanel (as it is any sane person’s goal because I mean look at her) but as always, I’m rocking more of a Daria look, which is am just as happy with. I was trying to get Kramer to be Trent or Tom for Halloween, but he wasn’t having it. Maybe I’ll try him again next year.

Bone Marrow Stock

Look at those meaty bones.
I actually made this bone marrow stock a while ago, when it was still warm out, but I figured that it’d be a recipe best shared in the cooler months. I love making bone marrow at home because it really couldn’t be easier or feel more gourmet and fancy. Spread some of that delicious, fatty marrow on toast and I am a happy camper. I always feel like I’m wasting the bones, though, so I figured why not make a rich, beefy homemade stock with the leftovers? I ended up making chicken soup with this stock, funny enough, but I think it added a nice depth of flavor. I want to make this again for French onion soup, or maybe a good Irish stew. I’ve been lightly sauteing and making fish and salads all summer, so I’m excited to get some one-pot meals going that stick to your ribs and make you feel all toasty inside. This bone marrow stock can get you at least half way there!

Bone Marrow StockHanging out on the waterfront pre-bangs, learning to make mozzarella at Fornino from Chef Michael Ayoub, Kramer being sick again (awwww) and my sweet new seafood themed dinnerware from Fishs Eddy.

Bone Marrow StockYou just start with a few bones – soon enough, you’ll have a base for a delicious soup!

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Bone Marrow Stock

Bone Marrow Stock
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Serves: 8-10 cups
A rich, warming homemade stock for the cooler months.
  • 8-10 beef bones (without marrow)
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs fresh oregano or thyme
  • 2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10-12 cups of water
  1. In a 450 degree oven, roast your marrow bones for 8 minutes or so, until they are lightly browned. Add them to a large stock pot with the rest of your stock ingredients, bring to a boil, then simmer on low for 2-4 hours, adding a bit of water if you feel that it needs it every so often. Alternatively, you can make this stock in the crock pot by setting it on high for 6-8 hours. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. You can keep this stock in the fridge for up to a week or freeze it for up to 3 months.


12 Responses

  1. omg when you have an answer I’ll gladly test it out, too. I woke up with a stuff nose and scratchy throat and I’ll be damned if I’m sick for my birthday!

  2. Donnagail says:

    Zinc and Emergen-C are my go-to cold prevention sources too. But I like to get them in their natural state as well…so I will squeeze lemon in my water constantly when I’m fighting a cold…and for zinc, nothing beats fresh oysters (or in the alternative canned smoked oysters).

  3. Stacey Evans says:

    I swear by Emergen-C! You will not get sick! I’m sure your delicious stock will do the trick too! Have a fun Clambake!

  4. Lexie says:

    not so much fun, but I swear eating raw garlic helps… honey, lemon & ginger tea… echinacea. Good luck!

  5. LOVE the bangs! I don’t know how you’ve made it this long in Brooklyn without them!

  6. Oooo I’ve been looking for good bone broth recipe! Thank you for sharing!!!

  7. In response to the cold – juice. Take a mix of greens (I use spinach, parsley and mint), cucumber, carrot, apple, orange and ginger root and drink daily (you can vary the ingredients to what’s in season just make sure you always have fresh ginger, some kind of a leafy green and something that has a lot of Vit C. (I work for 2 holistic practitioners). This remedy has never filed me.

    As for your stock – YUM! That would be my other go to remedy for something to help build immunity. I’m looking forward to trying this out.

    Excellent blog you have!

    PS: The bangs look pretty. :)

  8. I hope you didn’t get sick! I’m a little late but I swear by eating garlic everyday, whether raw or roasted. And when you’re living with someone who is sick, you kinda have to sequester them and wash your hands and wipe everything constantly. A pain but it works.

  9. Your new bangs look so cute on you! Love it! I don`t ever have to make stock, but this is a good recipe to keep on hand. :)

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  11. nattyB says:

    Finally, a bone stock that someone eats the marrow out of first! Score.

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