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How to do feet?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby GBov » Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:43 pm


I have someone wanting a few rabbits feet so go on, how do I preserve them?

As a start I put 10 feet into a strong salt brine and its in the fridge now. Was going to just slow dry them in the oven but then thought someone here might know. :D

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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Bad Habit » Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:49 pm


When I did Dobby's feet, I put them in a borax bath for 24hrs, took them out and dried the fur, then put them in pickling salt for 3mths. The instructions I found said that you only had to put them in the salt for a month, but I didn't want to look at them again for a while, so...

They turned out pretty well.
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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Zass » Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:22 am


Have a food dehydrator? :D works like a charm.

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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#4  Unread postby GBov » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:39 am


Zass wrote:Have a food dehydrator? :D works like a charm.


I have a slow oven, not quite the same but it should work for the job.

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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Zass » Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:23 pm


make sure to rinse the salt out of the fur, otherwise it will dry crusty. if it does that you can always rinse more and dry again.

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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Spart » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:01 pm


Those several months methods are unnecessary. This method will forever preserve any reasonable sized animal foot without risk of bacterial growth in nearly 5 days.
Materials:
-70% or 90% Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol
-Borax
-2 containers large enough to hold the feet
-Sink
-Paper towels / cloth
-Liquid dish or hand soap
-Animal feet

First take your chopped-off rabbits' (or any animals') feet and wash them in a sink using a bit of soap and by bathing it in a container of water. Continue this until the water stays clear, this indicates enough of the blood and dirt has washed off .

Take the rabbits' feet and put them in a container (does not need to be much larger than what is needed to fit the feet) of either 70% or 90% Isopropyl Alcohol. This alcohol is also known as Rubbing Alcohol which you can get cheap at any local pharmacy. Leave the feet in this container for a minimum of 48 hours (there is no maximum, the longer the better, but any more than 3 or so days is probably unnecessary).

Once the soaking time for your feet in alcohol is completed, prepare a saturated Borax solution in a container of similar size. Do this by dissolving Borax powder into warm water while stirring until no more Borax dissolves, but rather gathers at the bottom of the water in the container. 20 Mule Borax is an old powder laundry detergent that you should be able to find at any big retailer like Wal-Mart or Target. Take the feet out of the alcohol, squeeze them lightly in a sink or outside just to get any excess alcohol out of them.

Next, place the feet into the Borax solution and stir briefly. Let the feet sit again for a minimum of 48 hours in the Borax solution. Once again, you can leave it for as long as you need in this solution, but more than 3 or 4 days is likely unnecessary. Once you are done soaking, take the feet out of the solution. Wash them briefly in the sink to wash off any attached Borax crystals on the fur.

Dry the outside of the feet using a paper towel just until the fur feels dry and fluffed. Leave the feet out anywhere you wish (preferably inside) and they will dry to completion. You can tel if they are completely dry by trying to bend the joint that connects their lower leg (calf) to their foot. If it does not bend, all of the muscle inside has dried and the foot is 100% preserved and safe to be handled.

How it works:

The Alcohol works very fast and displaces all of the actual water (H2O) that is inside the feet. It works very fast due to its volatile nature. Once you take the feet out of the alcohol bath, they now are fully moisturized with Alcohol rather than water. At this point, you could technically leave them out to dry and they would be preserved, though they would still be susceptible to long-term bacterial growth when dry.

Instead, to seal the deal, you bath the feet in Borax solution. Because the Alcohol is still just as volatile, it is displaced by the Borax solution just as fast as it displaces the water. Now the feet are fully moisturized by a Borax solution. Borax is a anti-bacterial chemical that will inhibit growth of bacteria in the feet. As the Borax-saturated feet dry, the solution leaves microscopic Borax crystals inside the muscle and tissue of the feet, making them 100% preserved from bacterial growth or rot.

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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#7  Unread postby lereg15 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:19 pm


How much borax do you use for the solution?
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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#8  Unread postby Stephanie » Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:12 pm


lereg15 wrote:How much borax do you use for the solution?


I just read his instructions. He said, "by dissolving Borax powder into warm water while stirring until no more Borax dissolves, but rather gathers at the bottom of the water in the container."
So, the amount of borax would depend on how much water you had. Use as much as will dissolve.

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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#9  Unread postby lereg15 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:54 pm


That can be done, but I was hoping for a certain amount per gallon or such.
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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#10  Unread postby LPH_NY » Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:51 am


I know this post is a little older, but I'm hoping I can get some feedback.

I just "finished" the wet part of the process for my very first feet. They were in alcohol for 3.5 days and the borax solution for almost 5 days (because I just didn't have time to pull them out sooner.)

I encountered an unexpected issue:
Three of the four front feet had about a 1 inch "sleeve" of skin and fur longer than the bone... and it didn't occur to me that the alcohol and borax solution might not penetrate that sleeve if it wasn't flipped inside out. After rinsing and towel drying, I did think to flip them inside out and found that there was still very pink meaty-looking muscle tissue in there. It smelled like alcohol, but it looked identical to the pink flesh you would cook - not white and sort of dehydrated like the bits of flesh and bone on the tops of the hind feet. So, not wanting to soak them again if it isn't necessary (or advisable) I dipped the newly-exposed tissue in dry borax, leaving the sleeve pulled down to keep the tissue in the open air. I'm hoping that will further dessicate that tissue and prevent bacteria and odors... and that once dry, I can brush off most of the dry borax, then flip that fur sleeve back right side out - forever encasing the borax and flesh inside that sleeve. Do you think this will result in anything unexpected or unpleasant down the road? Will the sleeve dry so stiff that I cannot flip it back the right way?

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I guess What I need to know is do I need to flip that sleeve back right-side out NOW before it dries - and if I do that, will the borax stuck inside the sleeve cause any long-term negative effects?

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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#11  Unread postby HansenHomestead » Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:03 am


That is just what I did, thought I kept the foot whole, and the bone in. It is finally dry, and I just finished brushing out the fur to help soften it, and I have to say I am very happy with the results!

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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#12  Unread postby LPH_NY » Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:08 pm


Question-

How long after they are pulled from the borax solution will it take before the TOES are no longer flexible? The front feet feel dry already, the sleeve of skin has pretty much turned hard and can no longer be peeled open... but the toes are still as easy to bend as the day they were cut off the buns. They are not going to stay flexible forever, right?

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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#13  Unread postby alforddm » Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:58 pm


I dry mine in my dehydrator. You can also pack them in salt but they need to be dried.

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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#14  Unread postby LPH_NY » Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:39 pm


alforddm wrote:I dry mine in my dehydrator. You can also pack them in salt but they need to be dried.


You do this after the 3 days in alcohol and three days in borax solution? I got the impression that air drying was the final step in this method....

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Re: How to do feet?

Post Number:#15  Unread postby alforddm » Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:11 pm


Yes, after the alcohol and borax. You could possibly air dry them. I've never tried as we live in a humid area and it's just easier to just use my dehydrator.

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