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Default How to sterilize pine cones?

Hello,

A few years ago I brought some pine cones in from outside and sterilized them in the oven, though I cant remember if I rinsed them first or what temperature I baked them at. My birds liked them. By any chance, does anybody else know?

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I wish I knew! I'd love to try pine cones with my fids. They loved the seed covered ones I sometimes find in the pet stores, but they are hard to come by. If I could make my own....
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Not really sure as I've never done it, but 400 degrees seems to be a good temp to start at. You could soak them in apple cider vinegar first to help the process.
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Thanks. I will try that.
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Default sterilize pine cones?

It's not the same I know but I sterilized some sandstone rocks from the creek to use in my aquarium. I was told 250 degrees for about 20-30 minutes. Since the boiling point of water is 212 (F) and that will sterilize things, I would think 250 might be enough. Could they burn at 400?
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