Bounties of Summer: Storage Ideas for Your Guinea Pigs’ Fresh Vegetables and Fruits

sliced peppers for guinea pigsImage courtesy of Amie Fedora

Sliced peppers can be cut ahead of time and stored fresh for your guinea pigs' mealtimes.

Since the Paw Crew grew so fast in 2004 and living in Missouri with so many farms near by, the bounties of summer were plenty. Lots of customers would leave yummies for the Paw Crew grown right in their gardens, and purchasing bags full of fresh foods for a few dollars was not hard. That is if it was properly stored. So here are some ideas to store all the great foods, and make some cool treats for the whole family on a bright sunny day.

Storage Ideas for Fruits and Vegetables
You will need some freezer bags. Or if you have a sealer, get that out with the freezer safe bag roll. The goal will be to make the bag sizes about 3-4 day portion sizes so use the size best for you. If you plan to puree, you will need those supplies as well.

Green peppers at 5 bucks a bag you say? Sold! But where to store it before they go bad can pose a problem. Wash those peppers up and slice them into 1/4-1/2 inch slices. Pull out a non-stick cookie sheet or line it with some foil or wax paper and place the slices on the cookie sheet, spreading out slices so they do not stick to each other. Place cookie sheet of peppers flat in freezer for about one hour.

If you plan to label the freezer bags, now is a good time. Remove sheet and quickly place peppers in freezer bags and seal the bag. Place in freezer and repeat process. Remember to leave a few fresh ones out for the week!

If you are only making a week supply, you can place pieces into a covered freezer safe bowl instead if you wish. When ever you wish to give your piggy a frozen mid-day snack, or just adding it to the dinner plate, take pieces straight out of the freezer and serve. You can use this same process for other vegetables and specially for fruits. Peas, green beans, strawberries, blueberries, apples, and melons are our other favorites to freeze. Fruits can be pureed to!

Fruit Popsicle
Want to make a smoother fruit popsicle for yourself and the kids? Add any freshly washed/pealed fruit to a blender and puree. Place puree in small plastic cups or popsicle tray and add sticks or plastic spoons. If the puree is to thick, add a touch of 100% fruit juice or milk. Sometimes yogurt is good to mix with, I like it with banana puree and slash of milk. No blender? Get a big jar of all natural apple sauce! Add some more fun with some small cubes of other fruits added in.

Possibilities are endless and it’s a healthy natural snack little ones will love.


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WindeSpirit

WindeSpirit has been making cage blankets, pockets, pads, tunnels, and unique houses for pets since 2003. A portion of the proceeds from sales of soft goods are donated to a variety of animal rescues and people in need. Her furry family, "The Paw Crew", includes guinea pig, Mr.Snugglekins, and dog, Clover.

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