Pine cones for Betsy

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    Hello all. After doing a lot of research, I collected several pinecone today. I scrubbed them in water with vinager and soaked them some more. Little did I realize how hard it is to get the sap off the pine cones!! (I'm not even going to talk about my hands, sink and scrubbie brush!) After drying them in ty he oven, I realized there was still some sap left on the cones. It is hard and dried. Will they be safe to give to Betsy or should I scrap the idea and worry about how to get the sap out of my sink before the hubby gets home from work?:p
     
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    The pine cones we gave our rabbits had already fallen off the tree and were all dried up, so we didn’t have to do all the prepping.
     
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    I picked them up off the ground. From what I read, they had to be thoroughly washed, soaked and dried. I couldn't find any info saying if any leftover sap is toxic or not.
     
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    Got a few cones on my shelf from a couple years ago so perfectly dried should try giving them, there will be lots of mess I imagine
     
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    Here's a video how to prepare pine cones there's no scrubbing involved
     
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    Thanks for sharing. Wish I would have seen this first......it would have saved me a lot of time & frustration with a sticky mess everywhere!!!
     
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    Things i would change from that video. I usually prep a few hundred at a time.
    Soak longer.
    Depending where you pick up your pinecones, spiders and earwigs love to hide inside them.
    I like to soak mine in a big garbage bin just for this. I stick the hose in the bin and tumble them around. You can use vinegar or even a little bleach if youre worried when youre ready for the soak. Dead bugs usually float off. I soak with a weighted board on top so the pinecones are all 100% submerged and everything hiding in them is 10000% dead. I have left pinecones overnight to soak. Personally I like them to mostly close up with their soak.
    I will then rinse them a bunch more when im done soaking and prep them for the oven.
    You can dry them on a screen for a day or so if youre not ready to bake.

    Cover the sides of your baking pan with foil not just the bottom. There is where any sap may come off and you dont want that ruining your pan.
    I also foil over the top like im cooking a caserole. Were not trying to brown cheese here so we dont need the cones exposed directly, were going to use the oven to dry them sort of. Pinecones can burn easily. Tent the top foil so steam has a direct way to escape.
    Watch your oven temps. Pinecones are easily combustable. Many people wouldnt suggest going over 200f.
    Im happy with 300.
    I have kept mine in the oven, rotating, until they are dry or open.
     
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    Yes, it depends on where you find your pine cones. Ours were in our front yard so I didn’t do any prepping.
     

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