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Small Fry
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male usa
Do you boil the lettuce before you put it in the tank?
Post InfoPosted 04-Mar-2010 19:17Profile PM Edit Report 
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You dont have to literally boil it. with the fresh veggies that I feed with: cukes, zuchini, romaine.... I either take and boil a bit of water, than drop it in the very hot water for a min, OR put the veggies on a saucer and put it in the microwave for 5-30 seconds....

what you want is to soften it up, not cook it to mush. If you use water- I dechlor it first... dont know if its nessasary, but id rather be safe.
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The only veggies I cook are the pea, corn, and carrot when it is diced finely.
With the lettuce I cut out the hard center piece and then run it under a cold tap.

Iceberg lettuce is the best many of the fancy lettuces can be either bitter or peppery.
Warning do not use any of the pre packed lettuce leaves reason they have been washed in 'Chlorine"


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I don't do anything to lettuce except rinse it out a little.

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male usa us-colorado
The process of preparing the vegetables is called
"Blanching." You bring the water to a boil first
and then drop the vegetable into the water for 30
seconds to a minute and then remove it. With peas,
it will split the skin and then you pinch, or pop,
the meat of the pea out of its "shell" and feed the
meat while discarding the shell.


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