Frozen Fruit/food

thch91August 26, 2009

Do I need to thaw this out before adding to my indoor plastic tote box/worm bin? or do I just dig down into bin and place this in and cover with dry paper?

What do you think is the best way to go about this. trying to cut down on fruit fly population so froze food for the first time.

Thanks

Tammy

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steamyb(7)

Thaw it.
Remember "Christmas Story"? " I triple dog dare ya!"
The worms will stick to it.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2009 at 5:15PM
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shermthewerm(8 PNW)

Definitely thaw it & drain it first. There's an amazing amount of liquid in frozen fruits & veggies that would create a very wet bin.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2009 at 7:16PM
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mndtrp

If you have enough bedding, you don't need to drain it first. I never thawed anything out, didn't see the point in doing more work than necessary.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2009 at 9:43PM
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sbryce_gw

I just stick it in the bin frozen. I often like to grind up the food first. Frozen food goes through the grinder better. I don't drain it. I don't thaw it. It just goes in the bin.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2009 at 9:52PM
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jasdip

Since I don't have any drainage holes in my bins I always thaw and drain the food prior to feeding.

I've frozen my food right from day one and have never had fruit flies. Thank heavens! My bins are in the spare bedroom of my apartment.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2009 at 10:14PM
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jasdip

I think putting frozen food in would be good to cool your bin down in extreme heat. If your bin is indoors and not hot, no need to put it in frozen. Poor little guys all stuck to the frozen block of food....

    Bookmark   August 26, 2009 at 10:16PM
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steamyb(7)

Do what ever you want to do.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2009 at 7:01PM
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rom.calgary.ab(3a)

I'm with steamyb, do whatever you wish. I've read of people who thaw, some who don't, but nothing from anyone who did either and had a catastrophic event from it. Keep in mind the basics about too wet, too much food etc. and the worms will likely be fine. One caveat to that though, a small bin plus lots of ice may harm them. Assuming that there is enough surface area that they can crawl away from a cold spot they should be fine.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2009 at 7:21PM
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mndtrp

If someone is concerned about having too much cold from the food in their bin, they are putting in too much food altogether.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2009 at 11:05PM
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jasdip

I don't know about that mndtrp. Suppose someone has a lot of worms in the bin, and a clump of frozen food goes in. They wouldn't necessarily be putting too much food in. But it still could be cold for them, if there was a large population.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2009 at 12:02PM
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11otis

**If someone is concerned about having too much cold from the food in their bin........**
I am more concerned about the the liquid I wouldn't be draining.
So when I put frozen food in the bin instead of the usual frozen bottle during the really hot days, I wrapped the frozen stuff in several layers of newspaper and added shredded cardboard in the package for good measure. I could remove the newspaper and use it as top cover afterwards.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2009 at 2:26PM
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eric30

I like otis' idea. Put it in frozen with some dry bedding and don't fuss about it.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2009 at 5:43PM
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metqa

I put frozen food in my flow through tube. I find it has a lot of benefits. Firstly, because all fresh scraps give me fruit flies and I'm sick it that, I freeze the scraps to kill the fly eggs. Secondly, it destroys the cell wall so it breaks down faster, which means the worms can work it faster , which means that any free flying fruit flies will have less chance to find it on their own, and it also means less chance of smell, I've never had bad smells from my mesh tube. Thirdly, because my bin is mesh, it gets drier than a box bin. As the frozen items thaw, it slowly drips it's moisture into the bedding and it is absorbed better than if I try to sprinkle in water. The frozen food is on top of the bedding and the worms are never right on top, so there is no direct contact. In the summer, I assume the cold food cools down the bin and reduces evaporation and keeps the bin cooler and moister. I always end up with super fine crumbly castings, and the only bits still in the bottom are hard shells like avocado or fruit pips. And I just toss those back in for a nother go through. I've never had center rot or putrid situation, and I don't extra chop the food before freezing it, the freezing does the work of breaking apart the food on a cellular level. the bacteria break it down more and finally the worms work it into dust, literally! LOL

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 11:26AM
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PCinDC(7)

I've always (ten years) frozen my worm food, and have never thawed it out. If someone could show a benefit to the extra work I'd consider changing my ways.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 2:52PM
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jasdip

I'm not sure what extra work there is in thawing food. As I type, my food is in a colander in the sink. It will soon be dumped into the bin. Certainly not much "hands on" at all or time consuming.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 1:59PM
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