Bone broth is well-documented for its many health benefits. But did you know that you can take that grass-fed marrow and make a nutrient-dense, delicious butter?
What is Bone Marrow Butter?
When bone marrow is frozen still inside the bone, it’s hard to distinguish from the bone itself. But when roasted, the marrow melts like butter. It’s rich, nutty flavor is a delightful complement to grass-fed butter. When you combined these two delicious ingredients you have “bone marrow butter”. The mixture can be used in many cases like regular butter.
Is Bone Marrow Healthy?
Bone marrow is a staple of many indigenous cultures. It is often served to children because of it’s high nutrient content. While it’s unclear the exact nutritional profile of bone marrow, experts believe it is an important health food and likely contains:
- healthy polyunsaturated fats – Important for heart health.
- vitamin K – Important for heart, bone, oral, and brain health.
- phospholipids and methionine – Both are important for brain function.
Additionally, bone marrow is a significant source of the hormone adiponectin. This hormone helps keep the body and metabolism healthy. Specifically, it can help maintain insulin sensitivity and break down fat.
Is Butter Healthy?
Though butter has gotten a bad rap in the past, it is actually a very healthy food that traditional cultures have eaten for generations. The health benefits of butter include:
- Protects against heart disease – Butter is not the cause of heart disease as many of us have heard. In fact, butter consumption went down around the time that heart disease began to rapidly increase in prevalence.
- Heals teeth – Butter contains fat-soluble vitamins that help heal and remineralize the teeth.
- Supports thyroid function – Butter contains vitamin A and iodine — both of which are important for thyroid health.
- May protect against cancer – Butter has medium and short-chain fatty acids that have anti-cancer properties.
- Rich source of Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – Important for reducing inflammation, soothing asthma, promoting weight loss, strengthening bones, and boosting the immune system.
Butter is also delicious, so it’s easy to get kids to enjoy it (and reap the nutritional benefits)!
Want More? Healing Recipes to Try
If you’re looking for more healing foods to try on your family, here are some of great ones:
Broccoli Cheddar Soup – Made with chicken broth, yellow onions and cheddar cheese, this thick and hearty soup is perfect for wintertime (and every other time).
Superfood Chili – It’s hard to believe that a chili containing liver could be delicious, but this family favorite beef and liver chili satisfies even the heartiest appetites.
Very Berry Resistant Starch Smoothie – This resistant starch smoothie recipe features vitamin C rich berries, prebiotics in the form of resistant starch, and other goodies.
Bacon and Chicken Liver Pâté – Liver makes another appearance in this pate. It’s perfect for kids learning to like organ meats!
Simple Korean Kimchi – Kimchi has gained significant popularity within the healthy living community. Besides being delicious, it contains live probiotics that help colonize the gut.
Also, check out this article for helpful information about how to find and use bone marrow and the bones left after extracting the marrow.
Bone Marrow Butter Recipe
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread the bones, marrow side up, on the baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the marrow in the center of each bone is bubbly and soft all the way through.
- Let marrow bones cool enough to be handled, then scoop out the marrow into a food processor.
- Add the softened butter, salt, rosemary or thyme, and fresh parsley to the food processor.
- Blend until smooth.
- Use as you would butter and refrigerate leftover.
Have you ever used bone marrow? What do you do with it?