I am aware that home cooks and chefs are crazy for bone broth. What I didn’t anticipate is how much this craze would increase the costs of bones. It appears everyone wants to get in on the bone broth craze!
I shop at a local chain of grocery stores that are similar to Whole Foods. To protect their identity, let’s call them ‘Good Weather.’ I shop at the ‘Good Weather’ stores because they have organic everything and in their meat counter, that is not self serve, either the meats or fish are organic, no hormone added, or sustainable.
I know the names of the people behind the meat counter and they know me. So here is a recent exchange:
Me; Hi Paul. How’s it going?
Paul; Hi Haralee. What can I do for you?
Me; Paul I need a couple pounds of meat bones and a few pounds of chicken feet.
Paul; I am sorry I can’t sell you that.
He looks unhappy and is giving me straight eye contact.
Me; Paul have I been banned from the store?
Paul; No nothing like that. We have to save all our bones for the chefs.
Paul; You want to make broth?
Paul leans over and says in a quite voice, “I can spare a couple pounds of each but don’t tell anyone.”
Me; I nod my head.
Who knew deals are being made with bones? I won’t shock anyone on the cost of the bones but let’s just say I might as well buy beef with a bone and save them for the price of the beef bones. The chicken feet, once almost free, are more expensive than the price per pound of a whole chicken!
Paul wraps my bones in 2 brown paper packages. He checks his coworkers as he hands me the packages. I quickly leave the store.
My best recipe for bone broth is using the highest quality bones you can afford, (I can’t believe I am saying this about bones) throw them and water in a slow cooker for 9 hours. Fill freezer ready jars and you have great broth.
Have you joined the bone broth craze? Have you reeled from the sticker shock of bones?