It’s chop day!!🥬🥦🥕🔪

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How well does it keep in the freezer? Doers it go all mushy? New to all this thing.

it keeps well. There’s always SLIGHT mush, but when you’re making chop, there are things you can do to avoid creating a mushy mess. Key is to minimize water, which is done by ingredient curation/choices. 1) do not add watery ingredients, which means malt fruits should not be included, and 2) adding ingredients that will absorb moisture: pasta, grains, etc.
 

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it keeps well. There’s always SLIGHT mush, but when you’re making chop, there are things you can do to avoid creating a mushy mess. Key is to minimize water, which is done by ingredient curation/choices. 1) do not add watery ingredients, which means malt fruits should not be included, and 2) adding ingredients that will absorb moisture: pasta, grains, etc.
So that means adding uncooked pasta and rice?
 
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No, you want to cook them properly, perhaps oh so slightly undercooked. But even fully cooked they will continue absorbing moisture (cooked is not the same as being fully saturated).
 

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Hi guys,
I'm new to this forum and ran across this thread. I have a few questions that maybe you guys could help me with.

I have a 12 year old Blue Crowned Conure that was given to me a few years ago and was on a pretty bad diet, I have been trying to get her to eat chop but with no luck. I have been told to have patients and just continue to give it to her and I have but that is a lot of waste and I'm worried she is not getting enough food. I have been getting her freeze dried food and she eats this more then she did the chop but really only after I crush most of it up. I also give her pellets with a bit of seeds in it, also give her alternating 1 different nut each day.

I also have a Cockatiel that I got very young and when I first brought her home and gave her chop she would eat some of it but now she won't eat it. I even get them veggies fresh from the garden. I wonder if I should really chop it fine, and reading chris-md's post they mention blanching, how in the world do you blanch chop?? Well actually I know how to blanch but how do you get all the water out of it? I so want to give my babies fresh foods but I'm just at a loss on what to do to get them to eat it. She also gets pellets and more seeds then my Conure does, neither one of them really eat to much of the pellets either,
oye vey!

Any help you guys have to offer would be so appreciated.
I'm new here also. I had the same problem trying to get my RB2 to eat chop. The breeder said she was eating it there. It has taken about 5 weeks for her to really show interest in it. Be sure to not offer too much of the other stuff. She could be filling up on it, possibly. Good luck!
 

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No, you want to cook them properly, perhaps oh so slightly undercooked. But even fully cooked they will continue absorbing moisture (cooked is not the same as being fully saturated).
Made my first batch of chop yesterday. She was enjoying it as I was making it but she hasn't gone near it so far this morning. On that note she seems to be less inclined to eat first thing in the morning now. She's three months old and I'm not sure I should be only giving her one meal of her neo food daily or two - one in the morning and one before bed.
 

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Great job!! It can be a challenge sometimes getting them to accept new food. One of the best ways to get them to accept is simply to add, just before serving, some favorite foods. Top dress it with favorite seeds or shave (cheese grater) some almonds over the top. Or mix sunflower seeds on.

Anything to trick the beak into the bowl.
 

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Great job!! It can be a challenge sometimes getting them to accept new food. One of the best ways to get them to accept is simply to add, just before serving, some favorite foods. Top dress it with favorite seeds or shave (cheese grater) some almonds over the top. Or mix sunflower seeds on.

Anything to trick the beak into the bowl.
I didn't have too, just after writing that she hoed into it.... still isn't eating as much as she has done tho but seemingly enjoyed her chop and I still had her peas, corn and cooked egg alongside in case she didn't want the chop.
 

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Hey Chris, Have you tried red lentil pasta in chop? Do you know if this is okay for ekkies?
 

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