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ravensgate 01-09-2013 06:10 PM

Questions on DIY shrimp foods...
For folks that make their own foods I have a few questions. If you incorporate fresh leaves in the mix such as kale of spinach, do you just crush them fresh in the mortar and pestle or do you/can you boil them first? I'm not looking for food to freeze, I'm looking for food to dry to so that will make a difference. As far as drying goes, do you recommend a dehydrator or low temp oven baked and if so what is your recommended temp and time?

And lastly, when Spring comes and my stinging nettle leaves begin to grow again I'd like to create a pellet out of them. I know how to get to pellet form, my concern is do I crush them fresh, boil them first, go with agar agar or without? I'm thinking if I just go with fresh they may be too dry, even crushed up, to work. I admit having limited experience with a mortar and pestle so there could be enough moisture in them, just not sure.

Thanks in advance. I've gathered quite a bit of information in the last few months on how to do this, but those questions I have not found answers to yet.

mordalphus 01-09-2013 09:05 PM

Use a food processor instead of a mortar and pestle. Mortar and pestle is fine for dry leafs, but a mess with wet ones. If making pellets or wafers agar makes a good binder but needs to be boiled in order to melt.

I always boil the leaves and agar together first, then pour into my blender while it's still hot, and blend/pour before the agar hardens.

ravensgate 01-09-2013 09:28 PM

Thank you for the help Liam! So do you do air dry, dehydrator or oven?

mordalphus 01-09-2013 10:32 PM

I oven dry it on warm with the oven door cracked open.

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