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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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Home Sweet Home: The girls new cage.

So Mommy has been very busy the last few days working on our home. Because she is worried about us lower cage gals getting hurt or sick being on the floor, she moved us upwards.

Here is the beginning of our cage being redone. See us lowly girls on the floor. Such sad times.
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Now here is the finished product.
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On top of the new cage Mommy went out earlier this month and bought some 2nd cut Timothy hay that is to die for. We promised Mommy at the end of the post we will put the hay lady’s website that way if you live near us you can order this wonderful hay too!

So as we where saying, hay… beautiful hay!

Here is a shot of the hay after Mommy put it into the big hay bin, isn’t it yummy!
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Not only does it look amazing but it smells like heaven!

It smelled so good that we all wheeked until Mommy put some in our cages!
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Eve ended up in a hay induced Coma!
“Oi! Why did I eat so much!”
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We all enjoyed this yummy hay!
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We all enjoyed the past few weeks even though the posts have not showed it. Now that things are getting more normal in the house Mommy has promised to allow us more computer time.

So good night for now, its time for us to go to bed, and it seems some of us could not wait to finish this before heading off.

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Hay information:

Irvine Creek Hay Sales… Feedneeds.com

http://www.feedneeds.com/Hay.html

Phone: 780-417-2897
Fax: 780-467-2163

E-Mail:info@feedneeds.com

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This little piggy….

Once upon a time there was a lovely woman who live in a small house, with a lovely husband and lovely kids. One day she walked into a pet store and her life has never been the same again.

Being a cavy slave has been enriching but hard. Guinea pigs are not like hamsters or gerbils, but more like a cat or dog when it comes to personality! Life will never be the same, so with out further ado, here they are:

Eve:

Approx. Age: 5 years
Sex: Female
Adoption date: September 27 2009
Bio:
Eve is a very friendly guinea pig always cuddling when out. She allows my kids to pet her while in the cage. She is our fatso, weighing in at 1200g she loves to eat. Eve can see very little as she has cataracts, she also has a limp due to arthritis in her left front paw.

Clover:

Approx. Age: 2 years
Sex: Female
Adoption date: October 9 2008
Bio:
Clover was my first guinea pig gal, before her I fostered boys for a small animal rescue. She is top pig and will let anyone know it. She is also a mother. While away for holidays our pig sitter put our foster boys in with out girls when they cleaned out cages. Clover ended up having three pups.

Clover was adopted from PetSmart after her first owners had brought her back with head trauma and a broken back leg. She ended going in for surgery to have her leg fixed and than we adopted her.

Yaya

Approx. Age: 1 years 11 months old
Sex: Female
Adoption date: November 29 2008
Bio:
Yaya came from us from PetSmart as a cage mate for Clover. At that time I fostered but no shelters had females. Yaya is my Diva. She hates to be picked up and has bitten my nose when I’ve given her kisses. She is has never liked to snuggle. But even after all this I still love her.

Buttercup

Approx. Age: 1 year
Sex: Female
Adoption date: Born in my house Aug. 4 2009
Bio:
Buttercup is going to be the next in line for being boss. She loves to push everyone around, but mostly her favorite pig to boss around is her twin sister Pixie. Buttercup has pretty pink eyes and loves her cuddle cups and cozies.

Pixie

Approx. Age: 1 year
Sex: Female
Adoption date: Born in my home Aug 4 2009
Bio:
Pixie is the bottom pig, but that doesn’t stop her from being the silliest piggy in the group. She has a popcorn and run around time every night at around 8. During this time she popcorns madly and runs around the cage like a mad pig. She is also the first pig to learn to come and stand on the side of the cage for treats.

SweetPea

Approx. Age: 4 years
Sex: Female
Adoption date: August 17 2010
Bio:
SweetPea, as her name suggests, is a very sweet pig. While on the chubby side, she loves to have attention. She is still getting to know the herd but is quite happy. She had mites when we first adopted her, and has since made a great recovery. She loves to popcorn with Pixie.

Mojo

Approx. Age: 1 year
Sex: Female
Adoption date: August 4 2009
Bio:
Mojo is my pancake boy. He is not fixed there for he doesn’t live with the girls but in a nice big 2×3 C&C cage in my daughters room. He loves getting scratches and pets. Hes a big boy and knows it.

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