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Old 01-30-2019, 04:23 AM
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Re: Amazons and chop vs big food

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I still think making-freezing-defrosting/keeping in the fridge is a recipe for trouble.

I understand people are very busy or just sooo used to eating frozen foods they cannot imagine making something fresh everyday, but this really is the best way to go!


Chop will stay okay..depends on the temperature all around and the circumstances.
In the summer I remove within a few hours, in the winter I leave it half a day easily. (Also depends on whats IN the chopmix of course .. some veggies stay hard and fresh tasting longer.)


I will eat leftover salad the next day, but not longer.
So I would never feed the birds anything (prechopped) older than that.
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Old 01-30-2019, 04:34 AM
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Re: Amazons and chop vs big food

For our chop, I only make enough for 10-14 days (depending on his appetite). It's enough for me to get through a work week with some leeway if I'm too busy on the weekend. I freeze in small reusable boxes. Each 'in-use' box sits in the fridge for max 2 days. However, when I go overseas or if I know I'm likely to work late that week, I use disposable bags so my partner doesn't have to portion it out- he can just take it straight from the freezer.

That being said, certain things I add in only when I serve it to him - oats being one. Sometimes I'll add in a big chunk of a veggie or fruit (oftentimes this happens when I'm prepping dinner, then I'll save a big piece for him to tear into as he eats his chop).

I used to try to make his chop fresh every day or two, but I live in a country with non-Western work hours. It ultimately meant that my chop-prepping time took away from our playtime, so it's just easier and more worth it for us to freeze small batches at a time.
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Old 01-30-2019, 07:41 AM
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Re: Amazons and chop vs big food

We eat veggies and fruit every day, so whatever we have is what Sam gets. I will defrost frozen peas for him once in a while, but usually we have enough that sharing with him is the better way to go. That way, I know when it was prepared and that everything is fresh.
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