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Post Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:30 pm   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

Mmm yummy!

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Turtle: RES about 6-8months old
Tank Mates: Mystery Snails, Peacock Eel, 2 cichlids
Habitat: 55 gal, UVA & UVB lighting, Live Plant and high volume filter
Diet: Pellets, jello shots (wont eat veggies :()
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:29 pm   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

Packed up in baggies have enough food for a year if I can get him to eat it! Haha
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada

Turtle: RES about 6-8months old
Tank Mates: Mystery Snails, Peacock Eel, 2 cichlids
Habitat: 55 gal, UVA & UVB lighting, Live Plant and high volume filter
Diet: Pellets, jello shots (wont eat veggies :()
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Post Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:48 pm   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

Wow, that's a lot! Hopefully he'll go for it soon.
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Post Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:05 am   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

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Like another user mentioned these are perfect for these jello shots. They pop out pretty easily. My RES hated eating greens before but he loves these jello shots!
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:18 am   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

Gonna try this :mrgreen:
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:45 am   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

gonna have to try this

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Post Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 7:58 pm   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

zoologist wrote:[new and improved recipe]
1 cup pureed veggie mix
-1 bag kale
-2 medium carrots
-1 medium tomato
-skin off large apple
-1/2 sweet potato
-1/2 cup blueberries
-1 can tuna in water
-1/2 cup calcium suppliment

(note: above ingredients are for 'shell matience' AKA- your turtle is not shedding correctly)
1 cup boiling water
2 packets knox gelatin


pour 1 cup pureed veggie mix in a large bowl. sprinkle the 2 packets of gelatin evenly over the veggies and mix in. add one cup of boiling water and mix until gelatin is dissolved. spoon into molds. sprinkle reptomin or other turtle pellets onto the tops of the molds. let set for 2-3 hours.
gelatin is good for about a week, freeze any unused portions.



[original recipe]
Ingredients:
1 cup of pureed veggies
2 tbs ground turtle pellets (reptomin, mazuri, etc.)
1 tbs calcium power OR ground cuttlebone
1 tbs flaked tuna (optional)
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cool water or cool tuna juice.
2 packets Knox Unflavored gelatin

directions:
in a bowl mix the first 4 ingredients on the list until well blended. add the two packets of knox gelatin to the cool water and stir for 1 minute. let sit while the water boils. add the cool water with gelatin to the boiling water and stir until the gelatin has dissolved. Pour the geltain mixture into the bowl of veggie mix. Stir until blended and portion into ice cube tray molds. finish by sprinkling turtle pellets on top of the mixture. Place in your fridge and allow them to set.
Once they have set, pull them out of the mold by using a tooth pick and cut them in half or fourths (depending on the size of your turtle). place pieces in rows on a cookie sheet and freeze. once frozen, portion into plastic containers. Serve frozen. Makes about 64 servings.


FAQ:
Won't the jello shots cloud my water?Not so much. when the turtle rips the food apart it usually comes off in large pieces. however, i've noticed after they've been frozen a while there is a slight mess, but nothing a good filter can't handle.
*note* if the shots are clouding up your water try using less water or more gelatin next time you make them.

Don't you worry that freezing them will deter from the nutritional value?
It will not deter from the nutritional value. Cooking the vegetables before hand will, however, so that is not advised.

What consistancy does frozen gelatin have?
the turtles seem to love it eat it frozen, when its rock hard. after it defrosts it is not as firm as fresh gelatin but it shouldn't be a problem.

You told me to grind up all of those vegetables and only use a cup. what should i do with the remainder??
portion it into 1 cup incriments, pour it into a plastic baggie, suck out all the air and freeze. these will last until the next time you need to make shots. You should have about 3 cups remaining.


[admin note]
I've made this worthy post into a sticky. It can be an interesting way to offer a treat, add additional greens or tempt a reluctant turtle. Please be careful of the ingredients used and always offer fresh vegetables in addition to variety. And let us know how it turns out!

I'd think the trick to getting them to eat it would be to put their favorite food in there. I.e. mine loves shrimp.
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Post Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 2:20 pm   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

I can't believe this is still so popular after so many years! Maybe I should have cashed in on this recipe and marketed them myself ;)

I got away from making these due to time constraints, but I noticed my RES acting lethargic recently so I'm back at it hoping a diet change will perk her up.

I made a new batch this morning and then decided to google turtle Jell-O shots. Wow! YouTube tutorials, re blogging on other turtle sites, y'all are too much!

Veggies:
2 handfuls baby kale
1/3 cup blueberries
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1 sweet potato (cooked, skin off)
1 can tuna (meat and water)
1/4 cup cold water
1 tbs calcium powder
1 carrot
skin of one apple

I blended it all together until it was nice and smooth. It made about 2 cups. I portioned it into 1/2 cup baggies and placed them in the freezer for later.

Jello shots
1 packet unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup veggie purée.
Pellets

Mix the gelatin with the boiling water until dissolved. Add the veggie purée. Portion and sprinkle with pellets.

Torti really seems to still enjoy them! I splurged and let her have 3 today. The recipe made enough for 2 weeks worth, and of course I have more veggies in the freezer for the future.

Hope everyone is doing well. Danny and Spike if you still frequent this forum I miss you boys! <3
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Post Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 3:13 pm   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

My girls absolutely loved this! I made my own puree out of carrots, chayote, and handpicked dandelions.
They get specialy beggy after I feed them with it.
I wasn't even able to get them to eat greens before the jello and now they love it.
Thanks for the recipe!
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:37 pm   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

How often can these be fed if I'm only using greens RES can have every day and omitting pellets and other protein sources? This is the only way I can get my boy to eat any greens. At all. Any veggie really.
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:47 pm   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

Definitely going to try this.

Neither of mine will touch any vegetables.

Has anyone tried using eggshells as a substitute for cuttlebone or calcium powder?
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:50 pm   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

I don't recall many people with RES using eggshells, I think that's more popular with tortoises. If you're going to make something, then look into phosphorous-free calcium powder, I think Rep-Cal makes one.
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:23 pm   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

can I give this recepies to my False Map? :D
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:09 am   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

Yes you can!
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:56 pm   Re: Turtle Jello Shots

steve wrote:Yes you can!


Thank you Steve, i just ask because every recipe that I find of turtle Jell-O is made by RES owners and they never say if its apropriate for other turtles..

Yes!! Just hope that with this little trick Sparkie starts eating his greens.. *.*
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