While picking through a chicken carcass after making broth a few months ago, I discovered something - my preschooler daughter LOVES to eat chicken rib bones! What a great way to get an extra boost in nutrients and minerals. My daughter now asks for the little bones anytime I make broth, and she pretends to be a tiger while eating them.
If you want to give this a try, make sure you use bones that have been simmered for a long time, which makes them soft and chewable. If the bones are soft enough to easily snap with your fingers, then they are ready for eating. Season them with a bit of salt and enjoy!
Of course, the bones should be chewed well before they are swallowed, but this is no problem so long as the bones were cooked for a long time. I won't say that this is an epicurean snack, but it is worth a try considering the bones would end up in the trash anyway. Even if you do not like the bones, you may find that children raised on a nutrient-dense diet truly enjoy the flavor. Give it a try!
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