Would hitting chicken bones with a hammer before making broth release more nutrients? - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 3 Old 04-01-2012, 09:52 PM - Thread Starter
NoTiGG's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 324
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

i haven't done this myself.. I guess it would be kind of a mess to do but it seems like hitting bones with a hammer so they are splintered would make the minerals leech into the broth better

NoTiGG is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 3 Old 04-02-2012, 08:31 AM
laohaire's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 7,115
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Hmm. I don't really know, but just talking out what comes to mind:


- Most of the nutrients are in the marrow, so cracking certain bones might be a good idea. But just one snap/crack should do it, not anything like splintering the whole thing, and I don't think you would need to crack, say, every rib bone or scapula etc.


- A teaspoon of vinegar in the mix does a VERY good job of softening the bones. When I do two batches of broth from the same carcass (and I don't even add vinegar again to the second batch), I'm left with bones that are just about crumbled.


So I don't think hammering is necessary for chicken bones, even to get the most out of them.


For larger bones in larger animals, like some cattle bones, I would want to make sure the marrow was exposed somehow, though that will probably be via saw rather than hammer.

Homeschooling mama to 6 year old DD.

laohaire is offline  
#3 of 3 Old 04-02-2012, 09:27 AM
philomom's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 9,673
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
I do that with my kitchen hammer. I also add lemon juice to the cooking pot. My bone broth is yummy.joy.gif
philomom is offline  

Traditional Foods

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 15,436

27 members and 15,409 guests
agentofchaos , cellowars , cfaokunla , EdanaRae , emmy526 , EnviroBecca , Fresadoberta , girlspn , happy-mama , hillymum , jamesmorrow , Janeen0225 , KangaRu , kathymuggle , Leelee3 , Michele123 , Mirzam , mumto1 , NaturallyKait , pokeyac , roguebutterfly , RollerCoasterMama , Sadie Anne Johnson , Skippy918 , sren
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.