Snail Food Recipe
Has anybody fed homemade snail jello to their snails? I've tried a recipe from a fellow invert enthusiast and it seems the brigs and canas really shovel them in.:shock:
Baby food (any brand)
Calcium pills (optional)
Fish food (optional)
Here is what I did.
1. Boil water in the pot. Pour the gelatin in there and keep stirring.
2. Pour baby food into a microwaveable container and set microwave at medium and keep it on for a minute.
3. Mix baby food with honey, crushed calcium pills (fine powder) and then fish foods.
4. Pour the mixed baby foods with gelatin.
5. Let it cool off for a few minutes and place it in the fridge afterwards.
Thought I'd share this one.;-) There are a few other recipes I haven't done yet but I'm doing it soon enough when I have more time especially as Christmas is near.
By the way, the calcium pills I am using are Caltrate 600mg with Vitamin D. It can be either put there or simply drop it to the tank and the snails simply shovel them in. Honey is put there because the shy snails seem to approach it readily as they like anything sugary.
What sort of baby food are you using, vegetable or meat based? Or, I guess they make baby food that's a mixture of both.
I amended the post. I just realized I missed out the measurements.
Here's a list of vegetables and fruits with highest calcium content. Always aim for high calcium content needed by their shells. Collards are best.
What you need
400 grams of plaster of Paris (Dap is often recommended but I used Bronco)
50-100 grams of fish food (pellets or granules are best)
Stick to stir
Ice cube trays
Pour the plaster of Paris over the clean water. Stir as you pour until the plaster of Paris look like thick paste. Then try to mix in the fishfood as you stir and pour the mix to the ice cube trays. Make sure to smoothen the plaster of Paris as you pour. Place them in a warm dry place for a few hours. You can place the fan on it if you feel it necessary. Afterwards, twist the ice cube trays to remove the calcium blocks.
The more humid the environment, the longer it takes to dry the plaster of Paris. It should harden as a rock and sink. Be careful not to allow any thick bubbles as you work on it. If the calcium blocks have gooey stuff at the center, then it is not dry enough. It should also not break apart.
I can't believe I forgot to add that despite the claim of some plaster of Paris brands that it will cure in an hour or so, it is best to let the plaster of Paris pucks sit in a dry area for a week. At least, this will minimize breaking down of the pucks. It has to be dried completely.
Also, for storage, they are best kept in an area where there is little or no humidity. Refrigeration is probably best. You don't want mildew growing on your pucks. For better understanding about mildew, click here.
Is there a substitute for gelatin?
Ah true, thank you.
Lol I could get getalin... But yeah, lol I'm vegan and I don't eat anything that comes from an animal and I don't buy anything that has animal products in it or is tested on animals. It just doesn't fly ;)
Where do I find this plaster of paris? Is it actually plaster?
Alternatives to gelatin
Website has several alternatives you may find interesting and should work similarly :-D
VegCooking > Vegetarian Cooking > Gelatin Alternatives
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