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.|
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.|