Phytic acid

We give our parrots as many fresh unprocessed food as we can, which is good!
But some vegetables have a built-in defense mechanism; phytic acid. These are acids in plants are protecting against plagues and gluttonous. These acids cause a subtle kind of burden on the devourer. It inhibits the uptake of certain nutrients, inter alia, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.

Where are phytic acids?
Inter alia, in beans / legumes, nuts (especially Brazil nuts), (chia) seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and brown rice. 

Make phytic acids harmless
You make phytic acids harmless in the following ways:


Soaking and cooking
Due to first soak beans and then cooking them lose phytic acid.
In addition to good nutrition nuts have quite a lot of phytic acid also. The acid can be  reduce to soak th nuts in water, vinegar or sour milk.
A study has shown that nuts which were soaked for 18 hours, then dried in a dehydrator and then toasted a large part of the phytic acid is lost. Previously,  the Indians prepared the nuts and seeds by soaking them for 24 hours in salt water, then let them dry in the sun.

• All legumes contains phytic acid. If we want to reduce the phytic acid in beans, first we have to let them sprout a few days  in a clean damp but mostly warm environment and then cooking (rinse well). The sprouting of beans increases the amount of zinc and improves digestion. This phytic acid is halved by 50 percent. There are an incredible amount of seeds, nuts and grains that can be sprout. Choose the biological variation.


• Seeds have a very high content of phytic acid. Sometimes it can be removed by soaking and roasting (on low heat to max. 175 ° C).



Winter Purslane nibbles

While I was making the pellets # 9 I forgot to add winter purslane. But now I have made some delicious nibbles from it 🙂

winter Purslane
mixed nuts

Put everything in the blender and grind to paste, smear on a dehydrator sheet and dry it simultaneously with the pellets. After 2 hours drying I make with a knife a block motif in the paste and when finnish, I lossened the nibbles.


Pellets #9

Today I make a new supply of pellets and fresh mash to freeze.

The Saturday delivery of organic fruits and vegetables:

The ingredients for the pellets:

red peppers
rocket lettuce
Pick Steel
field lettuce

(there is also a bag of winter purslane I make cookies of -> see next blog)
I add also cooked quinoa, 2 apples, hemp seeds, mixed nuts and some sunflower seeds.

All through the blender:

Mash smearing on dehydrator sheets:

A number of molds filled with mash to put in the freezer:

Take it out of the molds and in put in ziplock bags back in the freezer:

The pellets out of the dryer:

Mash and pellets

Today I make a big batch of mash for the birds! One part goes into the dehydrator to make pellets and one part I’m freezing. So I can give it ‘fresh’ to the birds  if I’m in a hurry in the morning and don’t have time to prepare something for them.

What goes into the mash / pellets?

I also had a nice dish with fresh sprouts, which I just forgot to put in the mash, but they are equally well prepared 🙂
– All organic: Kale, lettuce, winter purslane, broccoli, cucumber, cougette, yellow and red peppers, banana, apple (not on the picture) sweet yam, chili pepper, parsnips, beetroot, carrot, pumpkin and beets.

Just boil the sweet potato and beet for a short time.
Whole wheat macaroni and rice.

All through the blender and mix in a large pan.

Doesn’t that look delicious?!

One part freezing in molds.

Take it out of the molds and place in resealable freezer bags and put it back in the freezer.

The other part of the mash is in the dehydrator to make pellets.
Five layers!
Tomorrow I show a picture of the pellets when they are done 🙂

Bird pellets #8

It was quite a while back that I’ve made pellets, so today I make a new batch!
Rikki  was my help today, who is currently very possessive of the things he hold more than 2 seconds… It was quite a commotion in the kitchen of Rikki claimed almost everything I was working with… It was a lot of noise from such a small bird, but it makes not a lot of  impression:-p

Red and yellow peppers, broccoli, red cabbage, banana, chili peppers, pear, mixed nuts, radish.

Rikki loves it fresh 🙂

Stir everything together
And now in the dehydrator.
Photos to follow of the pellets when finished!

Cookies / crackers / chips

This week I enjoy to experimenting with the dehydrator.  I make for myself as well for the birds some crunchy snacks. Whether you call it cookies, crackers or chips: we think they are delicious 🙂

I made two different batters.

The first crackers:
Sweet potatoes, carrots, flaxseed, buckwheat flour, olive oil, vanilla extract, allspice, nutmeg, a little sea salt and some water. This in the foodprocessor:

Spread on the sheet from the dehydrator:

And this is what they look like when  dried (40C/115F 16 hours).

The second crackers:

Buckwheat flour, carrots, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seed blond, water, sesame seeds, some sea salt and olive oil. All this goes in to the foodprocessor.
On a sheet in the dehydrator along with the first cracker. batter

And this is how they look like 🙂

Pellets #6

This time new pellets but without sprouts (time was too short).
Beetroot, jungle peanut, arugula, red peppers, watercress, apple, banana, grapes, broccoli, yellow and red peppers and sesame seeds.

pellets #6

pellets commercieel en zelf gemaakt
Sidedish 🙂
Along with Harrison’s pellets a delicious meal. Nice to report that the  homemade pellets be chosen over the Harrison’s! Also by Tommy who loves the Harrison’s pellets  🙂

Pellets #5

I made pellets again today. Pellets number 5! I’m so glad to see that the birds love it. So far all variations are a success 🙂

Ingredients this time:
Fresh corn – pods – sprouts – sugar snap peas – Mini corn – red peppers – apples – grapes – broccoli – jungle peanuts (germinated: soybeans, chickpeas – mung beans) => this time no sprouts.

ingredienten pellets #5

Before everything went in the dryer I have a separate bowl given to the birds with the fresh ingredients:
ingredienten pellets

From dryer it looks like this:

pellets # 5

Pellets are always easy to perform in addition to fresh food daily. It’s also easy to process into (food)toys, so it remains challenging to obtain food.

Parrot Pellets #3

An update of making a new variation of parrot pellets.
Again with all fresh products. The birds love the home made pellets and these were approved again 🙂

A few days sprouted vegetables such as:
Mung and adukibeans, red and green lentils and chickpeas.

Add some  fruit and vegetables:

like broccoli, red and yellow peppers, lettuce, sugar snap peas, quinoa, mango, apple, lemon, sesame seeds, wild jungle peanuts.

All through the blender and mixed. For about 12 hours in the Dehydrator.