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Old 09-03-2012, 01:39 PM
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Cook, portion + freeze (My recipe)

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I thought I'd share what I cook for my flock on a monthly basis. It's quite easy, and all of my birds love it.

Let's start with the ingredients:

2 bags of frozen mixed vegetables (example picture)


1 cup of brown rice (example picture)


15-bean soup REMOVE spice pouch (example picture)


Whole grain pasta (example picture)


Squash (example picture) I use either green or yellow or sometimes both


Sweet potatoes (example picture) I use 3 large ones in my recipe


Pour frozen mixed vegetables into enormous bowl.

Put dry bean soup-mix + brown rice into HUGE pot and add water.

Shred/grind squash and sweet potatoes (I use this setting)


Bring water to a boil and boil for 15 minutes, then add grinded squash + sweet potatoes. Boil additional 5 minutes, then add whole grain pasta. Boil another 10 minutes.

Strain and rinse all cooked foods and add to frozen mixed veggies.

Mix thoroughly, let cool, and put required daily portions in sandwich bags.

Put sandwich bags with portions into freezer bags and freeze.

Voila'. All done.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:19 PM
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Re: Cook, portion + freeze (My recipe)

I make something very similar, do you boil for a total of 30 minutes? I boil alot longer but would love to make it quicker!
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Re: Cook, portion + freeze (My recipe)

Yup, a total of 30 minutes.

Now just don't ask how big of a pot I need to fit all that in. Seems like I'm cooking for an entire platoon. But hey, it all fits, and after 30 minutes it's all good.
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Re: Cook, portion + freeze (My recipe)

thanks for sharing and for the explicit instructions with the pics, very helpful post
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:15 PM
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Re: Cook, portion + freeze (My recipe)

I've learned around on a board recently that before you use beans like this in a recipe you should boil them seperately first, rinse, then continue cooking with the other foods. After you boil to you rinse and then start again with fresh water?

I recently made the Bob's Red Mill Vegi Soup and added boiled garbanzo beans until thick, then added some Harrison's High potency mash, added a little water since it was so thick, then bagged single serves and froze. But I think I'll try your idea of adding the veggies, sw pot, squash, etc. to it first.
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Re: Cook, portion + freeze (My recipe)

Instead of bagging individual portions I plop them onto a baking sheet, put in freezer for 1/2 hour and then bag in large gallon size bags~
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:49 PM
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Re: Cook, portion + freeze (My recipe)

I usually soak the beans for an hour then rinse them and then cook. If you can just cook that is alot easier! I too scoop them out on a baking sheet then freeze and bag. Just curious, triordan how much do you feed your birds at a time. Do you have others than the greenwing? I am always curious to see how much other birds eat. My cag doesn't usually make a dent in her food nor does the amazon. Hopefully the greenwing will like my cooking better!
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Re: Cook, portion + freeze (My recipe)

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I've learned around on a board recently that before you use beans like this in a recipe you should boil them seperately first, rinse, then continue cooking with the other foods. After you boil to you rinse and then start again with fresh water?

I recently made the Bob's Red Mill Vegi Soup and added boiled garbanzo beans until thick, then added some Harrison's High potency mash, added a little water since it was so thick, then bagged single serves and froze. But I think I'll try your idea of adding the veggies, sw pot, squash, etc. to it first.
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Could you kindly tell me why the beans should be cooked separately?

I've been making this recipe for 13 years, and have never had a problem.

I feed this twice a day, morning and evening, just about 3 tablespoons for the Amazons, and about 5 tbsp for my Macaw.
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Re: Cook, portion + freeze (My recipe)

Not sure why you have to cook the beans separate, I just soak and then drain because I read it on the bag. Not sure if it makes any difference.
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Re: Cook, portion + freeze (My recipe)

Brian, I rinse mine before cooking them when I remember.

What I forgot to mention was that when everything's been cooked and rinsed, I use bottled water for the final rinse simply because I don't trust my tap water.

I only use bottled water for them to drink.
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