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    Default Squirrel Block Recipes?

    Help? I can afford to make my own and get the HHB's vitamins because I get a good hook up working at a discount grocery. I have a pretty good one that I think is the HHB's regular adult block from a year ago, but I'm trying to figure out how to make them for my picky eater. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Squirrel Block Recipes?

    Maybe change which nuts etc to make it more appealing to your squirrel?
    Homemade Squirrel Block Recipe
    (Revised 11/01/11)
    Makes approximately a 4-week supply for a 1-pound squirrel.

    Preheat oven to 205 degrees Fahrenheit

    Dry ingredients:
    80 g Pure Whey Protein Isolate for adult formula (for growth formula, use 160 g).
    130 g finely ground nuts (any kind; peanuts, pecans, or almonds work well)
    1/3 cup wheat flour (optional)
    1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
    1 package (45 g) Henry's Healthy Vita-Mins*

    Wet ingredients:
    1 whole egg
    1 tsp vanilla or almond extract (optional)
    1/2 cup water, or a little more, as needed (this is for growth formula only; do not add water to the adult formula unless the dough is too dry when mixed)

    Instructions:
    Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

    Add all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a fork until dough sticks together. It will be fairly dry, like pie crust dough. Wearing gloves or with your bare hands (oiled), press the dough down and then start to knead it. Once the dough forms a ball, place it onto a lightly greased surface and knead a few more times until smooth and uniform in color. Roll dough out into a roll or flatten into a square, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. While still warm, cut into 60 pieces with a sharp knife

    Allow the blocks to cool for at least 2 hours. Then place in zip-lock bags and store them in the fridge or freezer. They will keep in the fridge for several weeks. They will keep in the freezer for several months (unopened and with as much air as possible removed from the bag before sealing). Some squirrels enjoy eating them cold or frozen, but you can also put a cold block into the microwave for about 5-10 seconds to warm it up.

    Feed 1-3 per day. Different squirrels will have different energy requirements.
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    Default Re: Squirrel Block Recipes?

    SammysMom,
    I need to place an order but your recipe calls for:
    1 package (45 g) Henry's Healthy Vita-Mins*

    The only options I see on the website are for:
    1-month supply (33g) $5.99
    Bulk (200g) $24.99

    Is the 45g discontinued?

    Kelly

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    Oh dear i am not sure. I did always buy the large one for multiple batches though. You could call and they will tell you. They are very helpful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SammysMom

    Dry ingredients:
    80 g Pure Whey Protein Isolate for adult formula (for growth formula, use 160 g).
    130 g finely ground nuts (any kind; peanuts, pecans, or almonds work well)
    1/3 cup wheat flour (optional)
    1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
    1 package (45 g) Henry's Healthy Vita-Mins*

    Wet ingredients:
    1 whole egg
    1 tsp vanilla or almond extract (optional)
    1/2 cup water, or a little more, as needed (this is for growth formula only; do not add water to the adult formula unless the dough is too dry when mixed)
    Mokus loved HHB until the last batch, but he has refused to eat a single block from that bag. He either leaves them in the dish or buries them in his tray of dirt. I'm awaiting a replacement bag, and meanwhile have been winging it. The past few days, I gave him ( along with veggies and fruit and his one nut per day) flax, mixed with a little raw almond butter and some mealworms, and rolled in Fox Valley weaning mix, with a bit of parrot vitamins sprinkled on. I chose avian because they are also prone to MBD and so get a lot of minerals in their vitamins.

    Today I went shopping and made him block without benefit of this recipe . I'm surprised by how close I got it though - just shopping for things I thought would be healthy, and that he would eat. I didn't have whey protein so used Fox Valley weaning formula powder instead, plus a cereal made with whole grain wheat flour and barley, and fortified with the usual vitamins and minerals found in cereals. It had a little salt but no sugar or other sweetener. I added wheat germ, finely ground pecans, an egg, and avian vitamins. I added warm water until the consistancy seemed right.

    I got about 80-90 blocks for 10.00. I only intended to make about half that many, but got carried away, LOL. I intend to feed these only until the block comes, because I'm not sure I didn't leave something important out, but over all, I was pleased, and it took almost no time to make.

    I also make blocks ( I call them cookies) for my parrot. He refused to eat parrot mix with any regularity for decades. I ground up his feed and mix it with finely chopped vegetables an egg and apple juice and he gobbles them down now. I roll the dough into logs and freeze them before baking, and then slice and bake like cookies a couple of weeks worth at the time. Next batch of squirrel block, I'll do them the same way, because I thought the squirrel block came out a bit dry and I wonder how much drier they'll be after a stint in the freezer.

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    Default Re: Squirrel Block Recipes?

    can anyone provide non metric measurements for this recipe? Thanks.

    also was wondering if regular flour can be substituted for wheat flour? Does wheat flour mean whole wheat flour or just flour made from wheat?


    Thanks I got to cook up a batch for the boys.

    Also wondering if a regular batch would go into a 13x9 pan or will it need to be bigger pan? thanks!

    I have Henry's vitamins, but it says 33 grams on the little package I have not 45 grams. Is the little package the right one?

    boys are HUNGRY out of blocks for a few days. I can mix up a big batch i have ingredients bought.

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    Default Re: Squirrel Block Recipes?

    By PM request:

    80g = 2.8 oz or 1/3 cups
    160g = 5.6 oz or 2/3 cups
    130g = 4.6 oz or a hair more than 1/2 cups

    Did I miss any?

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    Default Re: Squirrel Block Recipes?

    Oh,

    33g = .14 cups or 1.2 oz
    45g = .2 cups or 1.6 oz

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    NOPE! Thank you oh resident genius of TSB.... FARELLI....

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    Default Re: Squirrel Block Recipes?

    I made my first batch of blocks. They are still in the oven. The conversion table below is different then I found online though.
    http://www.jsward.com/cooking/conversion.shtml
    It states that:
    120g of fine ground nuts = 1 cup
    and something as fine as flour 80g would = 2/3 cup.
    any way I wasn't sure how flat to roll it. I got it about 2/8" thick and about 10" around. doesn't look much.

    Quote Originally Posted by farrelli View Post
    By PM request:

    80g = 2.8 oz or 1/3 cups
    160g = 5.6 oz or 2/3 cups
    130g = 4.6 oz or a hair more than 1/2 cups

    Did I miss any?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazySquirrelLady
    I have Henry's vitamins, but it says 33 grams on the little package I have not 45 grams. Is the little package the right one?
    45g from the old recipe.
    Now it is 33 g per one batch

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    Default Re: Squirrel Block Recipes?

    Can anyone tell me if adding a little pure fruit juice instead of water to the recipe is ok? or some wheat germ or oat meal?

    Quote Originally Posted by SammysMom View Post
    Maybe change which nuts etc to make it more appealing to your squirrel?
    Homemade Squirrel Block Recipe
    (Revised 11/01/11)
    Makes approximately a 4-week supply for a 1-pound squirrel.

    Preheat oven to 205 degrees Fahrenheit

    Dry ingredients:
    80 g Pure Whey Protein Isolate for adult formula (for growth formula, use 160 g).
    130 g finely ground nuts (any kind; peanuts, pecans, or almonds work well)
    1/3 cup wheat flour (optional)
    1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
    1 package (45 g) Henry's Healthy Vita-Mins*

    Wet ingredients:
    1 whole egg
    1 tsp vanilla or almond extract (optional)
    1/2 cup water, or a little more, as needed (this is for growth formula only; do not add water to the adult formula unless the dough is too dry when mixed)

    Instructions:
    Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

    Add all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a fork until dough sticks together. It will be fairly dry, like pie crust dough. Wearing gloves or with your bare hands (oiled), press the dough down and then start to knead it. Once the dough forms a ball, place it onto a lightly greased surface and knead a few more times until smooth and uniform in color. Roll dough out into a roll or flatten into a square, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. While still warm, cut into 60 pieces with a sharp knife

    Allow the blocks to cool for at least 2 hours. Then place in zip-lock bags and store them in the fridge or freezer. They will keep in the fridge for several weeks. They will keep in the freezer for several months (unopened and with as much air as possible removed from the bag before sealing). Some squirrels enjoy eating them cold or frozen, but you can also put a cold block into the microwave for about 5-10 seconds to warm it up.

    Feed 1-3 per day. Different squirrels will have different energy requirements.

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