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I'm lazy so I spiralize onions with the spiralizer attachment to the mixer.  It basically chops them into long strips for you.  

 

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Got one of the 4x12 raised beds planted with Russet's...3 rows with a few on the skirted side.  Then covered with my wire frames that I use for cucumbers and other climbers.  Hubby

cleared out the 2nd bed but it's going to need amending .  It's not nearly deep enough so we'll add som topsoil, some compost and a bit of Vermicullite and mix it well.  Most of the 'taters in that bed will be reds.

I cleaned up the pile of roots etc., that hubby was tossing out of the bed he was working on and put a lot of it in my composting barrels.  Pitched in some egg shells and banana peels in the first two.  Then gave them a watering.  The 3rd I'll have more to put in. 

 

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Cowgirl, hope that tooth gets better. 

 

WE2 how do you freeze eggs?  I have never done it before. 

 

Went out and cleaned out another flower bed to use for a garden in front of house. Need to try to get those stumps out from the bushes I had cut down.  Grandson can't help me this time with a broken arm.  And still not sure if he was exposed to the virus or not. He was at the house watching movies with his friend before the friends father had the heart attack and then tested positive.  He has been staying at home now. 

 

DH can't muster up the energy yet to help in the garden again yet. He used muscles he forgot he had. Yep, he found them and very sore still from cleaning up one of the flower beds. 

Washed clothes today also.  And did some cleaning. Will be staying indoors tomorrow as we are going to get more rain and it will be turning cold again. 

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On 3/29/2020 at 3:58 PM, Homesteader said:

Fighting a toothache with antibiotics and steroids. May have to get a root canal on Tuesday.

 

:pray:  for Homesteader's tooth issue to be quick and safe!  No extra microbes anywhere in the dentist's office.  Good results!  :pray:  

 

Today....I didn't get the onions out of the dehydrator.  Kinda forgot them. :buttercup:   I'll run it for an hour or so tomorrow to make sure they didn't pick up any dampness.  Then package them when they cool. 

 

MtRider  :pc_coffee:

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Easiest way to freeze eggs is to scramble them and freeze them in ice cube trays then pop them into a ziplock bag.  You can add a pinch of salt if needed.  You can also freeze larger scrambled batches, but then it is harder to pull out small amount of eggs. 

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Euphrasyne, that's the way I used to do it too. Crack one egg in an ice cube tray then stir the egg to mix the white and yellow together with a chopstick, freeze, then pop them in a baggie. If I was doing it now, if probably seal the bag in the Food Saver for long term storage.

 

I have one of those ice cube trays with a cover. Not sure why. I was probably thinking about the eggs picking up freezer odor. It's a good way to store herbs too. 

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I must have been really tired when I posted yesterday.   I said Cowgirl hope toothache is better but it is homesteader with the toothache.  Sorry about that.  

 

Homesteader I do hope your toothache gets better and you don't need that root canal. 

 

Looks like I am going to have to find some ice trays. I would like to buy up some more eggs and freeze them. I was thinking you had to cook them before freezing but now that I know you just mix the yoke and whites together and then freeze them, I am on board.  I do boil eggs and pickle them. But you can't use those for other things like baking and scrambled eggs. 

 

Today I have so far not done anything other than cleaning house. Lots of things I need to do but it is dreary outside and fixing to rain. Just don't have the energy today but think it is just this weather. I am ready for warmer days and sunshine. Wanted to work in flower beds some more but it keeps drizzling on and off. Guess I will just have to wait on that a bit now. 

 

 

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Sometimes I freeze up to 8 eggs in a baggie at a time with a large pinch of salt, but I always mark that for 'family scrambled egg breakfast.' (Fill baggie, freeze flat on a cookie sheet, then stack when frozen.)  You only have to do them individually if you want to use them a few at a time or for baking.    You can freeze the yolks and whites separately if you use them that way, but it is more effort and requires a specific amount of salt per volume.  I'd have to find my notecard which is …. somewhere.  

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On 3/30/2020 at 9:02 PM, Littlesister said:

freeze eggs

 

I whip two up in a bowl and then hubby holds a sandwich snack bag (or Mother's Milk breast storage bags...which I bought at a yard sale really cheap) and then pour them in.  We place them upright in a large cake pan and then put them in the freezer.  Once they're frozen, then we take them out and put them in gallon size zip locks.  

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Well all my onions are now in a quart canning jar, layered with two desiccant tiny bags.  Trays washed and back in dehydrator.  What else can I dehydrate?  Should do some of the carrots....we aren't eating them fresh fast enough. 

 

Wasted the last 3 bananas....on the banana bread.  Oven element frizzled out and attempting to "bake" quick bread on one of the Instant Pot settings ....fail.  :(  Hate to waste food any time but now, more than ever.  Should have poured them out as pancakes. 

 

MtRider  ....talked to my mom waaay too long tonite...  :offtobed:   No LEON tonite!  

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23 hours ago, Littlesister said:

I must have been really tired when I posted yesterday.   I said Cowgirl hope toothache is better but it is homesteader with the toothache.  Sorry about that.  

 

Homesteader I do hope your toothache gets better and you don't need that root canal. 

 

 

 

I postponed going to the oral surgeon. My concern is the exposure there as the virus is in the city. I'm allowed to minister to my mom's medical needs at the retirement center and needed to make a tough decision. I chose to help her and give encouragement to other residents in the center. They're all in their 80-90's. I'm on antibiotics and pray that the jaw will settle down or I can get in to the surgeon next week.  :imoksmiley:

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Made a store run early this morning to avoid the crowds. Found some max strength Tylenol. We had a one year supply at our old usage rate, but we go through it much faster since DH needs a knee replacement. We now have a safe supply. I had been having trouble finding it — it is apparently popular to stock up on now due to NSAIDs being bad with COVID-19. Also got a few more canned goods to fill in gaps from my recent inventory. I think we are pretty well situated so that I won’t have to venture out to a grocery store for awhile (I hope). 
 

Got the sweet potato starts ordered. I am going to try to grow a lot of them this year. Plan to build another bed to grow them, plus grow some in a large barrel. Healthy, good beta carotene source plus a starchy and filling food. And, they store well in a warm-ish dry place — they don’t need root cellar storage like some root crops. Our cool back bedroom will be perfect for that after they are cured.

 

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Cowgirl, prayers for your DH's knee.  

 

I wanted to get more work done in the flower beds, but we had such a hard rain last night that now it is to muddy to work out there. I want to plant sweet potatoes on one side and have herbs in a section on other side with some other veggies but haven't decided what I want to plant on the other side other than herbs yet. DH is going to plant tomatoes on the side of house in that garden area and we are going to plant squash, green beans, green peppers and lettuce in the larger garden but not sure what else in that area yet. Still to early to plant for us but is getting closer to being able to plant soon. The new tiller should be here sometime this week. So hoping things dry out enough before it gets here to get more work done.

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Our ground just sucks and I haven't been able to convince hubby to build raised beds yet, but I have a pretty good container garden started and more to go in (just need to pick up more pots - scheduled for pickup online through Lowe's, so I should have them tomorrow.

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