15 October 2012

More Persimmons!

Today was one of those clear blue days that was perfectly accented by the shades of yellow and gold and reds of the fall foliage.  The gum trees are wearing deep crimson, while the persimmon and hickory trees are sporting vibrant golds.  The fall foliage fashion show is at full swing here in southern Indiana!

One of the chores I took care of today was to work a bit in the garden.  I cleaned up the old tomatoes that were left after I pulled the plants and cages a few days ago.  Then, I tilled all the straw mulch into the soil.  Mixing it into the garden soil will help it break down over the winter.  I had to maneuver around the rows of turnips, lettuce, and spinach, but was done in no time.

Here is an interesting sight:  We have irises blooming!  I guess this goes right along with the apple blossoms I reported seeing on one of our trees a couple of weeks ago.  Unusual, but nice.  You can even see a small beetle chomping away on one of the petals.
This iris is blooming in our yard.  Odd for mid-October.
Later, I made a run over to our hill ground to replace the batteries in the trail cam.  The deer are moving and we like to see what all is running around on the place.  My boys and I are not really trophy hunters; I've told them that antlers make pretty thin soup.  However, we do like to put a couple or three deer in the freezer each year and use the cameras to get a sneak peak at our potential crop of whitetails.  We always see a lot of other interesting critters as well--bobcats, coyotes, and recently, a shot of three young gray foxes running together.  And one reason for the battery replacement detail was one very photogenic and active fox squirrel--dozens of shots of him!

Yesterday, Patti and I made another trip to the place to gather persimmons.  This time, as we put them through the Nor-Pro strainer shown below, I figured out why there seemed to be bits of dark persimmon peel in the finished pulp.  The Nor-Pro strainer pan is actually two pieces.  That is, it has interchangeable strainer screens that have different hole sizes.  When the strainer is in use, bits of peeling actually got forced around the edge of the strainer plate and into the pulp.
This Nor-Pro strainer has a two-piece pan and allowed persimmon peel to get into the 'squoze' pulp.

So, this morning, I went over to the local flea market where we'd seen a couple of the good old Foley Food Mills.  I purchased the best one of the ones available and we used it to process the rest of these persimmons.  There was a big difference in the pulp...no dark bits of peeling.  Patti was happy, so I am happy.  The pulp was put into zip bags and into the freezer.
Here is a shot of the Foley Food Mill, an old standby brand of strainer.  It worked better for us than the Nor-Pro.


  1. I love persimmon pudding. When I was young we lived on a farm that had persimmon trees. We live in central Indiana and are always looking for flea markets to visit. Could you give me the location of the one you mentioned in this post? Thanks.

  2. Granny,
    I live near Montgomery, down in Daviess County. There are a couple of shops at The Gasthof Amish Village, as well as a nice flea market. The flea market is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, April-October, 9am-3pm. In addition, There is a HUGE sale every Friday night at 6pm up at Dinky's. There are usually six auction rings going at the same time there. Everything from animals (large and small) furniture, plants, produce, and 'everystuff' you can imagine! It is located in Daviess County as well, on CR 900E at about 550N. Good luck and God bless!
    C. Sanders