How can I reuse or recycle lamb bones?

We’ve had an email from Riann:

I’ve seen you’ve got suggestions for ham bones but what about lamb ones? I can’t think of anything I’d use a lamb stock for! Could I give them to my friend’s dog?

Our dog Lily got rather poorly sick from eating a raw lamb bone last December – but other people seem to feed their dogs all sorts of raw bones without any problems — your friend will probably know how their dog reacts to raw bones. Most people say not to give dogs (or cats) cooked bones though, as they are more likely to splinter.

Lamb stock isn’t as commonly called for as chicken or beef stock as it has such a striking flavour but you could use it in Shepherd’s pies or lamb stews/casseroles or tagines, or to make a gravy for with your next roast lamb joint/chops. (Don’t forget you can freeze stock – condense it first so it doesn’t take up as much space.)

Anyone else got any other suggestions for things to do with lamb stock? Or any other reuses for lamb bones?

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8 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle lamb bones?”

  1. Hazel Edmunds says:

    Lamb bones scrub up really nicely and can then be carved for jewellery.

  2. Melinda says:

    Lamb bone stock was part of one of the best lentil soups I ever made!

  3. Cipollina says:

    What Hazel said!

    And, they can be made into flour and added to pets’ food or used in the garden/compost.

  4. Patti says:

    Cook them in water and make a pilaf with it. Or use the water to flavor dry dog food.

  5. NO says:

    How about not eatting poor little lambs in the first place?

    • Bertie says:

      Because apart from wool, that’s what they are bred for. Besides, it’s cruel to murder vegetables

  6. Most bones can be put through a bokashi system, these are worth looking into for dealing with a lot of stuff that can’t be composted normally.

    Alternatively, clean them as much as possible then bake them on a high temperature in an oven. These can then be ground down to make bonemeal fertilizer. The cooking should sterilise them so disease shouldn’t be an issue. If its hard to clean them, just bury them in the garden in an out of the way spot that dogs and foxes can’t get to, and the worms willl strip them for you.

  7. john henry says:

    i would make a sort of Demi-glace with them: cook them down with vegetable and make a stock as melinda mentioned. i bet it would taste

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