Juanita has a thing or two to say about moisture in her Chop. She wants those vegatables dry, dammit, dry! Juanita insist that all vegetables be dry to the touch. Putting them out in the sun for a bit evaporates excess moisture. This ensures a drier product for a better freezing process. Don’t mess with Juanita on this one…
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April 2, 2012 at 7:41 am
Oh Juanita, you are being so helpful and I can hear ya all the way from Toronto!!!
April 2, 2012 at 8:50 am
NOW you tell me, after I made 200 quarts of the stuff and stuffed it all in the freezer. sigh . . . .
Will nuking ’em a second or two help?
April 2, 2012 at 10:56 am
Miss Thing, Don’t worry! It’s all good! Microwaving will help. Just make sure you don’t have any hotspots. I realize you know this, but just cleaning the corners of the windows…
April 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Drain Bell pepper well. They create the most liquid.
April 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm
I noticed that too Ann!!!
April 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm
Thanks! I had added a whole box of hippie-type cereal (organic oats, honey, flax seed, and pumpkin seed) so I think that probably absorbed a lot of moisture. It wasn’t wet to begin with, so maybe it’s okay.
I tell you this, though — my birds view vegetables as poisonous substances that need immediate tossing. Yet Charli had THREE bowls of fresh chop yesterday and very little of it ended up on the floor of the cage. The cockatiels were more dainty, but they actually got some veggies into their crops, as well. They’re still eating it again today, too. Yea!!!
April 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm
I tell ya, my TAG, had better eat it ALL this time; she has become such a finicky eater, however, I cannot blame her for not wanting to even look at my last two batches as they looked like “mush” and her actual response was: “blech, yuck”, I swear!!!