Thanksgiving for Pigs

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Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 2:36 pm

I'm planning our holiday menu. Our pigs always have dinner when we do, they expect it. It won't be a great day for them because there will be lots of people in the house (they'd rather not have all the company) but I want to give them a special dinner, too. What can they share with us?

I'm making applesauce, so they can have apple - they love the cores, but I stopped giving them as a treat because I read that the seeds were dangerous. I make a sweet-potato and carrot puree, so there will be carrots - can they have the cooked sweet potato before I add fat and seasoning?

Can they have cranberries, raw or cooked?

Obviously they can have all the salad ingredients.

Can they have a little canned pumpkin to try?

What do you give your piggers for special on Thanksgiving?

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Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 3:19 pm

I've given my guys tiny bits of raw sweet potato. They'll nibble a little before they toss it and stomp all over it. My pigs went through a phase where they loved raw cranberries. They're high in C too, but keep in mind the overall sugar content you're feeding them through the day.

A huge favorite here is pommegranite. My pigs won't stop wheeking for it. It's to the point where I can't even eat it myself in front of them without having to listen to pathetic little wheeks.

Special occasions here usually warrant a paper bag filled with hay, and little treats buried inside too, like an alfalfa cube or bits of apple, or a baby carrot for each pig. They really like demolishing the bag and rumbling around inside it.

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Sabriel MoonStar

Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 3:33 pm

What part of the pommegranite do you feed them? The fruit or the little seed things. My husband keeps wanting to feed them somebut I don't know what part to feed them.

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Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 3:38 pm

Sack lunches! That sounds like fun! Maybe a bag each, with a tiny bit of potato, a cranberry or two, some apple, mixed up in timothy. That would be special, they've never had bags to play with! Thanks!

Edit to add: I don't worry too much about sugar, they don't get very much fruit, esp. this time of year. About all we have in the house is apples and bananas, so they get the occasional small piece of apple and not much else sugary. I am sure there is some sugar in their vegetables, but I don't think there's very much, and mostly they just chow through vast quantities of varied greens and cilantro with peppers, or cherry tomatoes, or the occasional baby carrot.

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Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 4:14 pm

Celery left over from stuffing is a crowd pleaser. Make sure the threads are pulled out. They are a little too fiberous for piggies.

I would worry about the pom seeds, aren't they a choker?

Geez, I sound like an over-protective mother don't I?

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We miss our sweet Oreo

Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 5:45 pm

Most of my pigs love sweet potato, but I give them small amounts. Pumpkin was a loser, but they did enjoy acorn squash. Sometimes I have a string bean dish. The pigs certainly enjoy those, too.

Poor Baby Cuzko
My piggy made me give!

Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 5:56 pm

Cuzko gets upset if she doesn't get her yams. She's never had a problem from them so she gets them everyday. I know they're supposed to cause diarhea, but they never have.

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Sabriel MoonStar

Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:58 pm

Cuzko sounds like she has an odd stomach like me. Does she have odd comfort foods too?

Yams aren't popular around here, but carrots and string beans are. Spinel Sun is crazy for fennel.

Poor Baby Cuzko
My piggy made me give!

Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:40 pm

She hates green beans, just tried broccoli with her and she ate it (just an extremely small amount), she's not a fan of romaine lettuce or parsley or cilantro (I limit them anyways because greens cause her to have diarhea and her nerve problems). Unfortunately, she also likes pizza and ice cream. She'll actually try to steal a whole slice of pizza off my plate. And she'll steal the spoon from the bowl of ice cream and then eat what's on it. Not that I allow it, but she sneaks in and gets it, when you're not expecting it. I.E. I'm laying sideways on the bed eating ice cream. She goes around my back and acts like she's eating my hair (her other favorite past time) and when I sit up to move my hair, she scurries in and grabs a mouthful of ice cream. Same goes for pizza.

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Not a Fighter

Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:29 pm

twofinepigs, can you give me your potato-carrot puree recipe?

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Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:29 pm

Sabriel - When you crack open a pommegranite, the fruit part is the red bubbles with seeds in them. I just pull some of the red bubbles out and give them to the pigs. They're crazy for it.

After Beatsie got spayed, the only thing she would eat was CC and pommegranite.

Edited to add: I've thought of the choking hazard aspect, but I've never had a problem with it yet. *touch wood*

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Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:55 pm

Sure! Here's the version out of The Silver Palate Cookbook, slightly edited for length, and then I'll tell you the lazy way that I modified it.

Sweet Potato and Carrot Puree

4 large sweet potatoes
1 pound carrots
2 1/2 c water
1 T granulated sugar
12 T (1 1/2 sticks) sweet butter
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 c creme fraiche
1/2 t nutmeg
dash cayenne (optional)

Bake potatoes for 1 hour at 375, or until tender.

Peel and trim carrots, cut into 1 in lengths, cook in the water, 2 sugar, 2 T butter, until tender. Add a little water if necessary.

Scrape out the sweet potatoes and combine with carrots in bowl of food processor. Add remaining butter and creme fraiche and process until smooth.

Add nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Process briefly to blend.

To reheat, transfer to ovenproof dish and cover, heat at 250 for 25 min.

Creme Fraiche

1 c heavy cream
1 c sour cream

Whisk together in a bowl. Cover and let stand in kitchen for 24 hours. Refrigerate for 4 hours, after which it will be quite thick.

TwoFinePigs' Lazy Way

Peel and cut up sweet potatoes. Peel and cut up carrots. Put them in the pressure cooker, or you can boil them, until tender. Forget to make creme fraiche, so substitute a bunch of butter and good dollop of sour cream. If it's too thick, thin with a little milk. Mash with a masher until you get bored and then use a hand-mixer because you haven't got a food processor. Don't salt because you used regular butter, which is all you ever have. Season with fresh ground nutmeg, a shake of ginger, and some mace if you think of it. Eat most of it yourself because it's to die for and the kids hate sweet potatoes anyway.

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Sabriel MoonStar

Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:25 pm

Next time my husband has a pommegranite I'll have to try it. I can't stand them, but my husband loves them. They must be an aquired taste. My husband has eaten them since he was a child but I had never even heard of them untill I started dating him.

I have a feeling Lina and Spinel will like them. Lina eats everything and Spinel loves odd things like fennel.

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For Rocky

Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:42 pm

My guys love raw cranberries. I give them some whole (which are also fun for the cats to bat around the floor), and when I make cranberry-orange relish I set some aside for the pigs before I add sugar to the rest. They love it! Rocky also goes nuts for canned pumpkin. Just make sure it's the pure stuff with no spices or anything added.

I Love Lucy

Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:08 pm

My pigs really like sweet potatoes. I buy one every three or four months and split it among everybody. They haven't had one in a while, and I plan to make some kind of yam dish for Thanksgiving, so that'll be a good treat. :)

I mostly just plan to give them a big feast of the regular veggies, with maybe a few extra special treats thrown in.

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Got Pigs?

Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:36 pm

chii do you cook the sweet potatoes or do you give raw?
Ok let me make sure I understand, it is ok to give fresh cranberries, sweet potatoes, pommegranite all in small amounts. Oh and canned pumpkin (plain not spiced). On the pumpkin do you just spoon out some on a plate or what? I am always afraid I am going to poison the poor girls so I error on the side of caution, UNLESS I know you all do it and all is well.

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Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:46 pm

All of that is fine. Yes, just spoon them a little pumpkin.

You mean somebody can actually eat bananas in their house and not get attacked by piggies who are intent on eating it themselves? All five of mine can smell them from 30 feet away and will let you know instantly that you had better share! Partially frozen banana slices are one of their favorite treats in the summer.

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Got Pigs?

Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:48 pm

I did try bananas but my girls would not try them. I have tried a few times and they just pick over them for whatever else is there.

Thanks Mamma for the help advise.

I Love Lucy

Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:50 pm

I feed them raw. They lose nutrients if you cook them.

Ooh, our pigs go nuts for bananas. :)

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Post   » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:51 pm

Mine can take or leave bananas. They really like crispy stuff more than goopy stuff. Hoove won't eat the inside of a tomato, not the seeds or the wet stuff. So I don't know how cooked sweet potato or canned pumpkin will go over, but it will be fun to give them things to sample!

I think they would probably prefer the raw cranberries to the cooked ones, but I will save a few of each before I make the chutney, just in case.

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