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bone broth---frozen bones?

post #1 of 13
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I have 3 bags of frozen bones I got from the last time we bought 1/4 a grass fed organic beef cow. I want to make bone broth and I am getting excited. They are in the freezer right now. So question is: If I am going to make it in my crockpot, should I defrost the bones first or put them frozen right into the water?
post #2 of 13
I've done both and it has worked just fine both ways.
post #3 of 13
Just put them in frozen--works fine, less time.
post #4 of 13
I've done both, too.

Just make sure to blanch them, either way
post #5 of 13
I actually prefer beef broth when the bones have been roasted first. So I would do that before popping them into the crockpot.
post #6 of 13
I agree. Roast them first.
post #7 of 13
Ditto on the thaw and roast them first.
post #8 of 13
I like to break the bones and they seem to snap better when frozen. So no, I don't usually thaw them beforehand. I just break them frozen and dump them into the crockpot..
post #9 of 13
I also like it better when the bones are roasted first, so I usually thaw them and roast them before making broth.
post #10 of 13

Hi, I just stumbled on this thread.

 

How do you roast the bones?

post #11 of 13
I use frozen bones to make stock. I don't think it really matters all that much what you do-- it seems to come out fine no matter what.

Sometimes the bones have already been roasted, because I saved them from a cooked chicken or a cooked piece of meat. In that case, I just toss them into the pot frozen.

If they're "raw" bones, then I put them in a shallow pan, and stick them in the oven on 375 for about an hour. I wouldn't thaw first, but that's just laziness on my part. It doesn't seem to make any difference in the result, anyway. I mostly roast because it seems to add some nice color to the stock. I think just tossing them frozen into the pot would work just fine, too.
post #12 of 13

I like to roast them.  I also don't bother thawing, just dump them in my dutch oven and bake them until they start to brown, then boil.

post #13 of 13

I like to thaw my soup bones.  I don't roast them first, I put them in raw. 

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