If we invest extra time and expense in raising a flock of hens or purchase eggs from a local farmer... or grocery store, it's prudent to take measures to lengthen the eggs' shelf-life. Because egg shells are porous, they are prone to moisture loss and odor absorption. Storing them in their original carton is better than in egg trays molded into a refrigerator door, but here's a better idea yet... airtight egg containers.
A simple downward snap of each of the four latches... two at a time... and the lid's sealing ring on this Lock & Lock egg storage container "securely locks in the goodness." The clear lid showcases multi-colored eggs, that are too pretty to be hidden away.
In my online search for such a container, some sites offer ones for 10 eggs. How practical is that? I say go for the 12-egg capacity.
Tomorrow afternoon is raw milk delivery day which means that I needed to use up some surplus homemade cultured buttermilk to make room in my fridge. Buttermilk's acidity deactivates the phytic acid in grains, so I am prepping hearty pear pecan muffins and oatmeal hot cereal by soaking the grains overnight. In preparation for making bean soup, I am soaking a variety of dry beans, split peas, and lentils in the third bowl using vinegar as the acidic medium.
Prepping grains for muffins and hot cereal is not the only flurry of activity this afternoon. I have nine 2-day old baby chicks hatched at 10 a.m. on March 7, 2011... 5 red star and 4 barred rock that Dick and I hand-picked at the neighborhood farm store today. I emptied a stash of fabric out of an old washtub to use as a make-shift brooder, layered the bottom with 2 inches of bedding material (wood shavings), attached a reflector brooder clamp light with a red heat lamp to the washtub's edge, filled water, feed, and grit containers, then introduced our chicks to their new home.
"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." ~ Kahlil Gibran
When I was shopping in my local health food store this week, I was drawn to a display of organic heirloom seed packets. I couldn't resist. It got me so pumped that when I returned home I dug out, dusted off, and became reaquainted with four "living off the land" resource books that I have referenced since the 1970s. Also, today, my mailbox held my 2011 Seed Savers Exchange Catalog of Heirloom Seeds. Oh, yeah... I am now officially in the early stages of planning my spring garden.
This was the view in our front yard a bit shy of 8:00 this morning before it was completely light outside... our first snowfall of the season. The snow continues to silently flutter to the ground forming a blanket that has muffled virtually all sound. The silence... Can you hear it? Listen ever so quietly.
One year ago today, this photo, taken by Brainerd Dispatch photograper Kelly Humphrey, appeared on the front page of our local paper. I saved it because it looks like the sky was painted with watercolors.
Grain in our own field, cut and raked into rows, dries in the early September sunshine. A cover crop of clover interplanted with the oats and barley will be plowed in to improve soil fertility.
Today I picked up my first CSA box for the 2010 season. Each pickup is so much fun to see what in-season produce will determine the week's menu, but this box was especially exciting because of its long-awaited arrival.
The CSA deliveries to our drop site at the Crow Wing County Food Co-op in Brainerd (Minnesota) were to begin the week of June 21st, but it was delayed until this second week in July through no fault of our growers. This spring's abnormally cool temperatures and lack of sunshine kept the soil cool, so the conditions were not optimal for plant growth. We are off and running now.
Boy, the recipe requests for the Raspberry Icebox Pie have been pouring in! It is now up. Sorry to keep you hanging...
When I drive, I listen to KLKS 104.3 FM Breezy Point (Minnesota). When I wash dishes, I listen to KLKS. When I'm blogging or doing office work, I listen to KLKS. In my housekeeper role when I'm cleaning cabins at my bed and breakfast, I listen to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Luther Vandross, Harry Connick, Jr., and Barbra Streisand on KLKS. On Mondays at 12:25 p.m., I listen to Lunch with John on KLKS. The only time I'm not listening to KLKS is when I'm really in a hurry, then I crank up The Lion King's theme song Circle of Life. That song, and others from the movie, gets me movin' like no other. I saw firsthand an example of the circle of life in my kitchen garden today.