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Pressing Apples

16 Sep

Saturday my family got together (they started while I was taking goats to the sale barn) and pressed apples.

I think there were about fifty buckets of apples.  By the time I arrived, they had a nice assembly line going.

It started with washing the apples.

My Mom

The little farm had was a good help with that.

Little Farm Hand

Then the apples were cut into quarters.

My sister, niece-in-law, and nephew

After that, they got poured into the press.

My dad, son holding the little farm hand and my nephew

You use a drill to turn the mechanism that chops the apples into smaller pieces.

My nephew

Then the lid is put on it, and it gets pressed.  They keep turning it and forcing more and more of the juice out.

My dad and son

It comes out the bottom and gets collected.

Once it goes into the house, it gets pasteurized.

Then it can be put in containers.

I think they said the final total was about thirty-five gallons of apple juice.

A Mad Dash

17 Aug

I am in a mad dash to get as much done as I can before returning to teaching for the fall.  That means garden stuff.

Potatoes right after digging them

So far, mom has helped me make French fries.

dehydrated tomatoes

Dairy stuff.

I’m playing with mozzarella slices!

I might not have planned this quite right, but it worked.

still restocking soaps

Goat stuff.

I just did another round of copper.

Wanda–I made her toe bleed when I was trimming hooves. 😦

And just everything else.  I might be ready to go back so I can sit down.  Not really, but I do start back to work tomorrow.

Next Summer’s Garden

27 Dec

As we’re really into winter now, I’m dreaming of next summer’s garden.

Sky where I want to put my herb garden addition

One of the things that has really got me thinking about what I want to plant is the desire to eat healthier.  It is crazy to see how much sodium is in so-called healthy vegetarian foods.

Vegetable stock alone has crazy amounts of salt.  So I have been playing to see what I can make on my own.  Because the pandemic has made canning flats ridiculously expensive, I decided to go with powders.  I’ve been dehydrating veggies.

I’ve been powdering those dried veggies.

beet powdered in the coffee grinder

carrot, tomato, and celery powders

And mushrooms too!

drying portobello mushrooms too

for a beefy flavor

I’ve mixed them with herbs and spices.

So far I’m pleased with them, but I might want to make some little changes to the mixes yet. I am definitely going to have to plan the garden around my vegetable bouillon (and seitan) needs.

And just because it’s winter and I like to grow things, I decided to plant the potato I grew last summer.

It’s actually sprouting now.  There’s just a peek of green through the dirt.

potato pot and Bob

Although, I did have to move the pot because some cat was being a pain.