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We knew rain was coming so we’ve been working extra hard — 20 Comments

  1. Mine is more a question than a comment. I thought I would dehydrate onions for the first time and did so temp 135 for 24 hours the onion pieces are all firm but brown. Did I do something wrong? Last year I chopped onions and stored in the freezer. Weather here now 40’s and still too wet to get much done outside. I loved the pictures of the peppers. What’s a good reference on dehydrating foods and is brown mean the onions are “cooked”. They taste ok but are they?

    • Everett, mine have always turned brown when dehydrating, I guess the heat toasts them some. They are fine to use, I put them in a bowl of warm-to-hot water and they’re good to go in a few minutes.

      • thanks I’ll use your advice, I’m to much of a Scot to not use them. Next time I think I’ll dry them a shorter period of time. Thanks for your kind advice.

    • I’ve found that if you make slices then separate the rings the onions dry faster and don’t get brown. Give it a try and see if that doesn’t work better for you. Once dry I run them thru the blender to make onion flakes and powder.

  2. Thanks Jackie for the blog. Love keeping up with all you do. Winter is close by. Hope your son gets the roof on his house soon. Just wondering if you will be having seed for seneca sunrise for sale.

  3. Honestly, Jackie, I don’t know how you and Will ever find time to eat or sleep. Trying to do all the canning and seed sorting each day must be a challenge. Any idea when the seed inventory will be ready? You have so many new varieties again, I’m anxious to order.

    • I’m working on it now. We’ll be posting the new stuff on the website as soon as I get it figured out a bit more. The catalog will be out in January, hopefully. Everyone who ordered in 2018 will receive a catalog automatically.

  4. Just made my son a batch of cowboy candy using his Carolina Reapers, etc. He cut them & put them in the food processor for a few whirls. He opened one last night & said it was delicious. I took a sniff and a tiny taste–it is HOT!

  5. I am constantly amazed at how much work your family does! It’s so good to hear that David’s house is getting done! Your canning skills are awesome. I get encouraged every time I read your blog! Thanks Jackie!

    • You’re welcome Pam. We just try to get something done every day. Some days it’s slow; others we can’t believe what got accomplished. Then there are others where it seems everything goes wrong. That’s life….

  6. My son has a salsa business and makes a couple of super hot ones…milk or dairy works best when something is to hot….we use it all the time when testing the salsa..like ghost pepper,Carolina reaper or scorpion pepper…

    • Bicarbonate of soda will help neutralize the heat on fingers when you forget to wear gloves. Not sure if soda is gritty enough to wash the oils off or it actually neutralize the oils. If by chance you rub your eye with “hot pepper” fingers (don’t, it hurts) soda and water helps to ease the sting there too.

  7. I’m so glad to see all the work that’s getting done at your house. We as well are on our way to finishing up the fall cleaning and harvesting.
    I love asparagus as much as you all do. I’ve decided that the” Purple Passion” is the best there is…amazingly sweet. It’s neat to see it turn from purple to green after it is cooked.
    Keep plugging away and remember, there are many out there doing the same thing.

    • So very true! Today I worked on apple juice and applesauce to can up and will to that tomorrow. Yum!

  8. Gotta love the rain when it comes, even though it’s not always when you need it. Just like a lot of life. If you eat a really hot pepper and your mouth doesn’t stop burning, drink a sugary cola. It helps cut the pepper oils so your mouth can cool down. I’ve even drunk diet pops and it works. Maybe it’s the bicarbonate in it to make it fizz?

    • Yes, that rain is helping my late-planted spring bulbs grow roots. So there’s that. And it makes me stay mostly inside and work at canning and pulling more seed from various squash and corn. I didn’t know that about the pop. I usually try to eat a tortilla or piece of bread as that seems to tame the heat.

      • Yes, bread will help absorb the oils and remove the heat from your mouth. A little butter on the bread will also help attract and remove the pepper oils.

        I’ve tried milk, yogurt, and other dairy and, for me, the bread and butter do the trick.