I'm making pork stock for the first time from raw pork bones I bought at the store, and I just opened a spiral cut ham to cut it up. Can I put the cooked ham bone in with the cooking pork bones, since it's all pork anyway?

Also, in some cultures they consume whatever is soft on meat bones such as the marrow. Is this safe to do with the ham bone, or is it not cooked enough?

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If it's a "ham" it's already fully cooked, so there is no danger in eating any part of it. If it's a leg of pork, that's a wholly different animal: different texture, flavor, everything, and...not to belabor the point...it's raw.

That being said, you can lump all the bones in the pot together, no problem. You'll get better results though if you cook the raw bones for a while in the oven first: 425 for ~15 minutes, or until they start to brown a bit. Not only will you lose a little fat, but the crispy carcinogens of the maillard reaction will add more body to your stock.

  • Is that what "roasting" the bones is, putting it in the oven?
    – jfa
    Jan 31, 2014 at 20:33
  • @JFA: Yep. Or you can stick 'em on the grill, or whatever. Typically if you're going to stew something, you sear it a little first. It's the same reason you brown pot roast before you slow cook it. Jan 31, 2014 at 21:04
  • It is a leg of fully cooked ham, it's one of those spiral cut jobs you get at Kroger's that comes premade.
    – jfa
    Jan 31, 2014 at 21:40
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    But still, try roasting (baking) the ham bone before you simmer it. Do that with all of your bones, raw or cooked. The browning really does add to the stock. When you do simmer let it go long and slow. That one bone holds a lot of flavor. I you do it right you should end up with a rich, deeply colored, gelatinous stock. In my opinion, the best part of buying a ham.
    – Jolenealaska
    Jan 31, 2014 at 21:50

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