Thursday, May 26, 2011

Project Day

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Today we are working on various projects around the house.  I finished dehydrating my first 50 pound bag of onions.  Of course, we used many of them as we cooked throughout the month, but now I have over a gallon of minced onions for all kinds of uses.  This morning I canned 14 pints of peaches to use for cobblers.  I also bagged up 6 pints to use for smoothies and also bagged up about 8 quarts of strawberries for the freezer as well.

Jeff has been in the garden making a trellis for the cucumbers and the snow peas.  The blueberries are so heavy this year that he has also been staking them up.  I've enjoyed watching him and the little boys work as I hung laundry out to dry!

Jordan is working at The Homeschool Channel this afternoon while Aaron, Kaelan and Jackson paint the trim work and railing around the porch.  Oh, Caedmon and Devin are taking a nap.  Yes, Devin still needs a nap a few days a week!  LOL!  We still need to paint another set of shutters that were missed last Saturday and we will need to finish washing the house with the pressure washer.  Jordan, Aaron and Jackson worked together yesterday to clean and decorate out back deck.  It looks great and after we pressure wash, I'll post some pictures.

I got a good deal on some stew meat the other day and hope to make a huge batch of beef tips in mushroom gravy with it to can.  That project will have to wait until tomorrow thought.  Lots of laundry to finish up, canners to wash up and dinner to cook up!

Hope you all are having a blessed and productive day!


Curbstone Homestead said...

How long do you take to dehydrate each batch of onions? Do you dice then dehydrate or dehydrate in rings and then dice?

Anita said...

Curbstone Homestead, it takes 6-8 hours to dehydrate onions in my Sausage Maker dehydrator at the next to the highest setting. I dice the onions before putting them in the machine. My children will be glad that I am stopping with the gallon and a pint of onions. They shed many more tears than I did and I did most of the chopping. Now we will be on to more carrots and potatoes. Then I want to try celery, blueberries and zucchini.

Nancy C said...

Sounds like a productive, but busy day, Anita! Those onions will be so good in soups and stews come winter. :)

Cindy said...

Anita did the onions turn blackish?
Were they white are yellow or red onions.
Please post your meat and gravy canning recipes.This is all new to me...and it helps to hear how others do Now if I could just get you to do it for

Have a great weekend. Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Anita said...

Cindy, these were Texas sweet onions...white...they are still white, but some that were left in a little longer than necessary are more yellow.

Crystal said...

Sounds like a busy day!

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