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I would like to make more full use out of our family's food scraps by processing unused bones into bonemeal for use in the gardens.

are there any bones I should avoid using? Likely sources would include: chicken, turkey, fish, deer, goat, sheep, pork or beef.

To a large extent almost everything comes from sources which avoid the use of antibiotics, animal byproduct feeds, hormones and steroids (but there are also carryout bones-and the occasional "conventional" supermarket fish/beef purchase- should these be excluded to avoid heavy metals or transferable toxins?).

would I need to air dry or oven toast the bones before (or after) grinding?

any thoughts on what to use to grind- we have a blender, cuisinart and champion juicer, but I wouldn't want to break any appliances in my effort to make more full use of our bones.

I've considered purchasing a meat grinder as we may make our own ground meats/sausages this year and I'd be more inclined to wait and use the appropriate tool than to risk breaking one of our current kitchen appliances.

any thoughts?

thanks in advance,
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Your kitchen appliances will NOT stand up to grinding bones! My suggestion would be to buy your bonemeal & forget about trying to make it. The equipment to grind bones is too expensive to make it worthwhile to own unless you have a LOT of bones to grind.
 

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I read somewhere that people layered bones and ashes to make bonemeal. Not sure where I read it. Bones dissolve/rot faster with ashes??
 

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Mike in Pa said:
I read somewhere that people layered bones and ashes to make bonemeal. Not sure where I read it. Bones dissolve/rot faster with ashes??
I figured why waste bones if you don't have to and out of curoisity did a quick Google search using the keywords "bones ashes make bonemeal". On this site the information below is all they mention of making bonemeal. I imagine the bones wouldn't have to be organic unless that's what you have or want.
http://perc.ca/PEN/2001-05-06/s-cleary.html

If you buy your own organic meats, the bones can be used to make your own bonemeal. There are a couple of methods that are supposed to result in high quality bonemeal:

1. bury bones in dry wood ashes for several months; or
2. roast the bones for an hour on a barbecue grill.
Either method makes spongy, brittle bones which can then be ground with a mortar and pestle.
 
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