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Preserving home made items

SelahElise

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Hey y’all! I have been doing a little digging and finding recipes I’d like to make for my growing flock, my only issue is I am the mother of a toddler who is like a sheep herding dog and wants me to be near him at all times. This limits how often I can prepare birdy biscuits and all these awesome treat ideas I’ve seen posted here. I just began my first “trial” tonight and made some cookies for the flock using ground pellets, flax seeds, millet, and a handful of other things..They seem stable enough but I’m just wondering how long I have to use them before they go bad.
Are there any natural preservatives I could add to these baked goods to make them last longer? If I was able to spend one night a month making a huge batch after my son goes to sleep I’d feel so relieved.

Is ascorbic acid bad? I’ve been seeing mixed opinions off of Google. And then I see dozens of articles of making bird treats with unflavored gelatin? How do you guys feel about that?
Thanks in advance!
 

SelahElise

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I just throw them in the freezer to avoid any spoiling :)
Have you noticed any changing to the texture? My worry about that is moisture causing the biscuits to be too crumbly when unthawed
 

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You could freeze them, you could also leave it out and see how long it goes without going bad.
 

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Have you noticed any changing to the texture? My worry about that is moisture causing the biscuits to be too crumbly when unthawed
The birds don't usually seem to care ;) Been freezing bird food, bread, treats, etc, for years without issues.
 

SelahElise

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You could freeze them, you could also leave it out and see how long it goes without going bad.
Yes I have a couple sitting on a bag and wrote down the date they were made, I’ll update when I see mold growing. I even have a journal of all the treats trials I’m doing so I’ll document it there too... earlier I made a batch with dried cranberries I had but I found they were too soft/crumbly...not sure if it was the cranberries or if I added too much peanut butter to the pellet “flour” ratio
 

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I added too much peanut butter t
I wouldn't add peanut butter, it can have aspergillus in it. Aspergillus is a type of mold (it doesn't affect humans) that can make your bird sick.
 
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