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October 16, 2009

Friday Follow-Up

This week:

-- The apples have almost all been dealt with - just one bagful to go. Pints of apple slices and quarts of apple pie filling fill the shelves. Next: apple jelly, made with the peels and cores that are in the freezer. I'm trying to clean out the freezer, so by making jelly I'll be removing the numerous bags of apple scraps from the freezer and putting jars of jelly on the pantry shelves instead.

-- I brought in several cuttings from my tomato plants. Hopefully I'll keep these alive over the winter, and plant them again in the spring for instant plants.

-- Dehydrated an abundance of red onions.

-- I have been busy making soap as I mentioned last week. I have many batches curing in the spare room. It smells like vanilla when I open the door.

-- Milk production is still going well. Usually my does begin to dry off naturally in October, whether I'm ready or not, but so far so good - of course it's early October still. We have an overabundance of milk in the refrigerator, and very little room in the freezer to put any more, but I hate to waste it. I like to freeze it in ice cube trays for use in soapmaking, so that I can weigh the milk easily, and the cubes melt quickly when mixed with the lye. However, there isn't enough flat space in the freezer for the ice cube trays right now. I finally decided to weigh the milk into ziploc bags so that each bag contains the correct amount for a batch of soap. I think this will work well. The little bags will fit into odd spots in the freezer.

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