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Blog Entry 55: Blueberry Jam!

A few weeks back I went shopping (like I always do) and came across an amazing deal, 2lb containers of blueberries for $3.99 each! Well, I just could not pass that up and bought 6lbs (3 containers). At first I thought, mmm blueberry pies, but since I am trying to lose a little weight and the fact that a pie does not last very long in this house, I started to realize that I should probably do something else with them.

Hmm what to make, what to make… *Light bulb above head goes off*
Blueberry Jam!

Here is what I used to make mine:

6lbs of fresh blueberries
6 cups of sugar
1 tbsp vanilla (I add this to almost ALL my jams)
2 packages Pectin *

14 Jars (12 250ml each and 2 500ml)
Cooking pot
Spoon**
Water Bathing Canning supplies

Yup its that simple.

First wash all your blueberries and put them in your cooking pot like so:

 

This is the “brand” of blueberries I used:

Next you need to mash them, I used a potato masher, some people find this easier once they are cooked, its really up to you:

Now add in your vanilla and pectin and cook the snot out of it. *Note on the Pectin: I used two boxes at once, it turned out fine but the pectin box says to only use one box, so if you don’t want to risk it, cut this blueberry jam in half (ie 3lbs berries, 1/2 table spoon vanilla and 3 cups sugar).

Here is what it will look like AFTER you add in the sugar (before adding the sugar it wont be super liquified):

Once you get that back to a rolling boil you will need to skim off the foam like bubbles and jar. Following the jarring you with need to water bath it. Each area in the world is different for the amount of time needed to bath it, I did 10 mins.

** Wooden spoons: I like to use wooden spoons for Jams and Jellies but be warned this is what your spoon will look like after your done and it has been wash in just soapy water:

I took this jam to a Pagan Potluck two days after I made it and it was a huge hit, so I must be doing something right.
While I made the jam my youngest was up and getting into things. Here is how he “helps” make Jam.

 

I also wanted to write up a little review of a guinea pig product I am currently using. Its called Oxbow Orchard Grass Hay.

I have a pig who hate timothy hay, local famers hay or store bought, he hates it. Since he wont eat hay he was having digestive issues. I tried this hay and he loves it. I now only use this hay for all my pigs! I want to say, the smell, AMAZING! Its so soft too!

You can buy it in 15 oz, 40 oz, 9lbs, 25lbs and 50lbs online (Chinchilla.ca has all sizes) or in stores. Some stores (at least here) will usually only have the 15 oz bags. Prices for these bags usually run $6.00 to $7.00 a bag. I like buying online because I can get bigger amounts at cheaper prices (and yes that is with shipping).

All 4 of the pigs give this product many wheeks.

Only one word of caution, PetSmart does in deed sell this BUT they also sell pets, so if you can’t find it anywhere else, buy it online.

Odin here says : “This is the best hay EVER!”

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Categories: Cooking, Guinea Pig, Home made, House Wife Life, schimpf pigs | Leave a comment

BLog Entry 7: Tea Cozy

So I was looking at my tea cozy thinking, GAWD I hate that cozy.

You see my mum gave it to me 4ish years ago and I’ve secretly hated how ugly it looks. Everyone I know just loves it, but me I hate it. But it has done its job.

So for the last eh, 24 hours ish I’ve been thinking about making a new one.

Well its done now. I might make some more for different times of the year but this is going to be my favorite.

The guinea pig is SweetPea, this is in memory of her.

Close up of the face.

Categories: guinea pig tea cozy, Handmade, Home made, Sewing, Tea Cozy | Leave a comment

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