How To Cook Powdered Silkworm Food Into Silkworm Chow

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1/2lb Powdered Mulberry Silkworm Chow Cooking Instructions v2.0-

  1. Using a microwave safe container, add one packet (0.50lbs.) of powdered silkworm food into a microsafe container.
  2. Pour 3 cups of hot water into powder, mix with an electric hand mixer until no powder is visible. (You can use slightly less water for a thicker mix resulting in firmer food.) Mixed correctly, the food will be thick prior to cooking this is normal.
  3. Cover container with lid (or plastic wrap), heat on high for 6 minutes in a microwave. Food will cook best with turntable on while cooking using a 1200W microwave. You will need to extend cooking time without turntable and lower wattage by 1 minute, do not exceed 7 minutes total. Food must boil to set the agar in the next step.
  4. Caution: Cooked food is hot, releasing steam once cover is removed that can burn your face, skin, and hands. Remove from microwave, using protection. Mix thoroughly with electric hand mixer, food becomes smooth and creamy. Replace cover, and let cool on counter top until firm. Immediately place in the refrigerator after cool to touch, keep covered to prevent food from drying out. Food will firm and set to a soft cheese; this can then be grated over top your silkworms.

1/4lb Powdered Mulberry Silkworm Chow Cooking Instructions v2.0-

  1. Mix 1 1/2 cups hot water into one 1/4 lb powdered silkworm food packet, in a microwave safe container with electric hand mixer.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap or container lid, heat on high for 5 minutes in microwave. Food will cook best with turntable on while cooking in a 1200W microwave.
  3. Remove from microwave, caution food will be hot and release steam when you remove cover. Mix thoroughly with electric hand mixer.
  4. Use extra caution food will be hot and can burn, place on counter with lid on to cool. Immediately place in the refrigerator after cool to touch, keep covered to prevent food from drying out. Once the food has cooled it is ready to feed. Food will firm and set to a soft like cheese that can then be grated for feeding silkworms.

Quick Microwave Cooking Instructions v2.1 (If cooking multiple packets multiply the number of packets by step 1&2.) As an estimate, 3 cups of powdered food is equal to 1 pound when a scale is not available.

  1. Using a microwave safe container, add 1LB powdered silkworm food. Pour 6 cups of hot water into powder, mix with an electric hand mixer until no powder is visible. (You can use slightly less water for a thicker mix resulting in firmer food.) Mixed correctly, the food will be thick prior to cooking this is normal.
  2. Cover container with lid (or plastic wrap), heat on high for 12 minutes in a microwave. Food will cook best with turntable on while cooking using a 1200W microwave. You will need to extend cooking time without turntable and lower wattage by 2 minutes, do not exceed 14 minutes total. Food must boil to set the agar in the next step.
  3. Caution: Cooked food is hot, releasing steam once cover is removed that can burn your face, skin, and hands. Remove from microwave, using protection. Mix thoroughly with electric hand mixer, food becomes smooth and creamy. Replace cover, and let cool on counter top until firm. Immediately place in the refrigerator after cool to touch, keep covered to prevent food from drying out. Food will firm and set to a soft cheese; this can then be grated over top your silkworms.

Stove Top Powdered Mulberry Silkworm Chow Cooking V2.0-

  1. Mix 3 cups of hot water into one 1/2 lb. dry silkworm food packet. Mix with wisp or electric hand mixer, mix will be similar to cake batter.
  2. Place on stove top and bring to a boil for ~5 minutes (stir continuously using a double boiler is best or you will scorch the food to the bottom of the pot). 
  3. Stir mixture vigorously; at this point it will be boiling hot and in a liquid state. Use caution mix is very hot and will burn skin/eyes. Pour food into desired container for storage.
  4. Immediately place a sheet of plastic wrap or container lid over food. Allow to cool and place into refrigerator.
  5.  Food will firm up to a soft cheese like texture that can be grated out to feed silkworms.

Bulk Stove Top Cooking Instructions v2.1 - (If cooking multiple pounds multiply the number of pounds by step 1) As an estimate, 3 cups of powdered food is equal to 1 pound when a scale is not available.

  1. Caution: Cooked food is hot, releasing steam that can burn your face and hands, always use protection. Bring 6 cups of water to a rolling boil. In a second pot add 1LB powdered silkworm food. Pour the 6 cups of hot water, into the powder. Using an electric hand mixer, mix until no powder is visible.
  2. Place on a double boiler (larger pot filler with water, small pot filled with food), do not place silkworm food directly on stove heat, you will scorch the food to the bottom of the pot. Using the had mixer on low, keep the food mixing to prevent it from sticking. Food must boil to set the agar in this step. As it cooks the mixture will thin out and become creamy.
  3. Remove from heat, using protection and pour into your storage containers (cups). Cover, and let cool on counter top until firm. Immediately place in the refrigerator after cool to touch, keep covered to prevent food from drying out. Food will firm and set to a soft cheese; ready to use.

Cooked food can be stored under refrigeration for one month, and sealed powdered food packets can be stored for 2 year.

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