How to blanch and freeze silkworms for use later.

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How to blanch and freeze silkworms for use later.

Postby kingofnobbys » Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:53 am

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Freezing Silkworms...Yes its easy



Thought I'd just put this up because its silkworm time but approaching winter for many members here (and they will find silkworms hard to source over the cold winter months , so now is probably the time start a large colony of worms to grow to the size you think will be most useful (most of them and to get a heap of silkworm eggs to set aside to hatch in batches (these can be kept in a dormnant state in the fridge once they change colour to grey colour)

So If you want to have silkworms all year round and especially for when you have a sick beardie, this is what to do.


What you need:
1 wide pot
metal sieve
ice cubes
plastic bowl
paper towel
baking paper and biscuit tray

Purchase a huuuuuge quantity of whatever sizes you would like and feed them heaps of mulberry leaves for a day to get their nutritional content up.

Fill your pot with water and wait for it to boil. Put some silkworms in the sieve and hold the sieve in the boiling water for about 5-10 seconds(close your ears so you dont hear them screaming).

Then place them into a bowl of water with ice cubes(This stops them from continuing to cook) until you have enough to fill a tray.

Scoop the silkworms out of the ice water and lay them on paper towel and pat them carefully with another piece of paper towel.

Cover the biscuit tray with baking paper and put the silkworms on so they are not touching each other.

Put the tray in the freezer for half an hour and then take the silkworms off and put into another container to be stored in the freezer for when you want them.

The idea of not letting them touch each other on the tray to freeze is so that when they are in your storage container they wont all stick together so you can take out and thaw as many as you need.

To thaw put them in a chinese container and put hot water from the tap on them and let them sit for awhile.
Just make sure they arent cold or still partially frozen when you feed them out.

If you dont blanche them in the boiling water before freezing them, they go all mushy and green


.... its easy. A little time consuming but easy. Just dont tell the other half what the sieve and pot were used for.
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