Proper preparation of ox gallstones is essential to maximizing your profits. If you are retrieving the gallstones, you will need to know how to properly dry and store them.
If you are buying the gallstones from an abattoir, you will need to make sure they know the proper way to prepare them.
Remember that the amount you will receive for your gallstones depends on their overall size and quality. Any breakage or defect will cost you money. That’s why great care has to be taken when preparing these delicate treasures.
Gallstones must be placed in a cool, dry, dark place with plenty of ventilation. They should be laid out on a soft surface with absorbent material, such as on a layer of paper towels. They can be put inside a cardboard box with no lid or on a plate or bowl with no covering.
Gallstones need plenty of ventilation while they are left to dry. Otherwise, they can become moldy, which can render them useless.
Gallstones are a moist, organic material, so they are attractive to mold and other bacteria. Keeping them well-ventilated will prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
It is also very important to keep gallstones away from the light, which can destroy the bilirubin inside them. Bilirubin is the active ingredient that makes these gallstones so valuable, so if it is destroyed, your profits are, too.
Gallstones need about two to three weeks to dry. They must be tended to carefully though. If they become too dry, they will become brittle and break apart.
You may get small bits of gallstones or, worse, just powder. You can still get money for these bits and powder, but it will be a fraction of what you could have gotten for the whole gallstones.