I was reading this burger recipe from Serious Eats: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/10/the-blue-label-burger-blend-recipe.html

It sounds great, but it calls for ground oxtail, which does not sound easy to produce. I have a set of cooking knives, but does anyone know if it will be feasible to attempt this without special equipment and/or a lot of knife skill? I was hoping to just get the meat from Whole Foods rather than a specialty butcher, so I can't count on them deboning it for me.

  • Sounds like a 1st of April recipe
    – TFD
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 5:08
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    Kenji speaks to this in the comment section. Scroll down in the recipe.
    – moscafj
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 12:45

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Let the butcher do it

This is roughly the bone structure of a mammal tail:

tail bone structure

As you can see, it has very many small bones, with of course all the connective tissue. Unless you have solid knife skill, a very sharp boning knife (with the needle-like blade), a protective chain mail glove, and lots of patience, I would say something like this is better left for a professional butcher. Especially if you have not done much boning, this could easily end up in an injury.

For reference

Boning knives:

boning knives

Chainmain butcher glove:

butcher glove

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    Or if you're not super skilled but want to do it yourself carefully, just be careful and be satisfied with leaving a decent amount of meat on the bones. (You can still use them for stew later, so it's not really a waste!)
    – Cascabel
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 1:30

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