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My $5 Purchase

Today I bought some beef bones for about $5.  With those bones I made broth and had enough meat left over for a meal.  Here’s how I made it:  

All the bones and meat
Three carrots, scrubbed
One onion, peeled
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
1 stalk celery
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar(to help the bones release their minerals)
2 pieces of seaweed to add more trace minerals
Water to cover… and keep adding a little water to keep everything covered.

I brought it to a boil, covered the pot and simmered for about 3 hours on very low heat.

Next, I strained the soup, kept out the veggies to snack on and cut the meat off the bones.
I ended up with a gallon of nutritious bone broth and enough meat to make a skillet meal for the 6 of us this week. I think that’s pretty good for $5.

Have you made any economic purchases or food decisions this week?



  1. Heather :) :) :)

    That is really great. I’ve been meaning to try a bone marrow broth for awhile now…but I had to get through all the chicken first 😉 🙂 Did you buy organic marrow bones? Can you just find them in the freezer section of the meat department or did you have to ask for them special? Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂
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    • Sylvia

      I found the bones at a new Publix grocery. They were not marked organic, but I do buy organic bones at Kroger. Usually they are Laura’s brand.
      They are in the fresh meat area.

  2. stephanie

    Sounds yummy. I just read an article stating that the collagen in bone broth actually reduced cellulite. That’s a real bone-us (sorry, I couldn’t resist the cheesiness). 🙂

    • Sylvia

      I like cheesiness! 😀

  3. Cheryl

    I have been buying grassfeed meat which is so expense today, we ordered a beef package from our local butcher. I am excited as it will keep me out of the store due to the volume, it is healthy for my family and i anticipate it lasting us about 2 months for about 189.00. I live in San Diego so everything is expense.

    • Sylvia

      That is a good buy anywhere!

  4. Alicia

    What a deal! The bones I have in my freezer are marrow bones without meat. Would I make stock just the same way? Have you roasted your bones first before and would that affect mineral content/release?

    • Sylvia

      You can roast the bones first, it won’t affect the mineral content of the broth and it will make a dark, rich broth perfect for winter soups and stews. You can use bones that do not have marrow just the same way.

      • Alicia

        Thank you for the info 🙂 I can’t wait to try it out.

  5. Jennifer Brown-Crane

    That’s a great investment! Kudos!
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    • Sylvia

      Thank you Jennifer! And thank you for stopping by, I hope you’ll visit me again. 🙂