Pressure cooking is even more efficient for making bones soft enough to
crush, plus it has two other perks. You get to make stock, and the
bones are sterilized. ;-)
For all practical purposes, a pressure cooker is an autoclave...
I currently make ALL soups and stocks in the pressure cooker to resolve
the cooling issue that can happen with large batches. Prevents food
poisoning. I can leave the pressure cooker, still fully sealed, on the
stove top for several hours to cool stuff to room temp. before decanting
Pressure cooked bones can be crushed by hand. Chicken being the fastest
and easiest. Generally takes about 1 hour. Beef or pork take twice as
Back when we used to keep poultry, we'd crush the bones and mix up the
stock remains and feed them to the chickens. The LOVED it.
Why not just purchase and use blood and bone meal if you are after Iron
and Calcium phosphate? It's not like it's expensive or anything...
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My dad would save the bones and then burn them. I have a protected
pile which vultures visit. What goes around comes around.
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Chicken scraps with some bones? You better not have dogs or possums or other
such animals where you live. If you do you're likely to find your little
tomatoes ripped up as they dig up the bones and scraps.
Well rotted compost. Excellent idea.
You need to skip the meat and bones unless animals can't get to your garden.
Also the rotting of fresh bones and meaty waste can harm the roots of many
plants. Better to bury such stuff in the fall and let it rot away all
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