For the basic homemade marrow pops, pour the GF organic homemade marrow broth into an ice cube tray of any shape. Freeze until solid and store/serve.
We always encourage fuzzy child parents to start with highly nutritional homemade marrow broth. Most grocery stores (such as Whole Foods), Co-ops or even local farmers, have frozen beef bones for a very reasonable price. I get a bag of about 6 bones for $4.00 but these bones come from organic grass-fed beef.
Place about 3 marrow bones in a large pot filled ½ full of filtered water. Bring to a medium boil for about 20 minutes. Remove the bones and throw away because the new veterinarian standards are that meat bones are too hard for the back teeth and may cause hairline fractures.
These are only a few examples of healthy items you can put in the middle of the marrow pops:
- Chicken, beef or salmon – A piece of cooked chicken or turkey or salmon can be added to each pop. What a yummy surprise in the middle!
- Homemade Dog Treats – You can stick in small pieces of homemade dog treats. Don’t worry if some of the treat is not totally submerged in each marrow pop. It will inspire your fuzzy child to get to the treat faster!
- Vegetables – Adding vegetables like sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, green beans and/or green peas will give additional nutrition. You can even add several to each cup before starting the freezing process.
Homemade marrow pops will last about a month in the freezer, but they don’t usually stay around that long. When frozen, pop out into a plastic freezer bag for storage and start on your next batch.
- Colored Ice Trays – I strongly suggest you use a different colored ice trays when making marrow pops for your fuzzy child/children. This way, other family members understand that these are for the four-legged family members. These marrow pops are safe for humans to eat and handle.
- Location – These marrow pops are best enjoyed outdoors as a water hose makes clean up a snap.
- Rubber Cupcake Liners – Place the rubber cupcake liners on a cookie sheet and fill with the homemade marrow broth about halfway. When frozen, pop out of the rubber liners into a plastic freezer bag for storage.
**Make sure that the marrow pop shape is the right size for your dog’s breed and size. We don’t want anyone choking during this fun outdoor activity. If you are not sure of the size you should be using, please consult with your veterinarian.