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The fish bones are connected to the…

| On 31, Jan 2015

Fish bones are a rich source of calcium but it seems only cats can ingest all parts of a fish – and only small fish at that. At least that’s what I thought until my helper who’s from Myanmar, told me that where she comes from, they don’t waste anything.

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She showed me by baking the salmon bones I was about to throw away. Marinate for 15-30 minutes with salt and pepper to taste, then pop in the oven and leave to bake for an hour at about 180˚C till bones are as crisp as crackers. (see photo) Eat as a snack or break and use as a topping for porridge. When they are that crunchy, you can even pound them into a powder to sprinkle on noodles, rice, baby food. Tasty and nutritious.

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It works with fish heads too. But if you don’t want to eat heads, add to parts like guts and fins, pound or blend (less messy) and add water to make potent fertilizer for gardens and pot plants. I wouldn’t use it on indoor plants (imagine the pong) but on balconies and anywhere the scent can dissipate, it should be fine. However, if you have a cat (or dog), refrain from using anything fishy. My pets are likely to root around for the delicious treat hidden within.

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