Click Here to Download Form
 
 
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Monday, September 1st, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 3575 | 3576 | 3577 | 3578 | 3579 | > | >>

Harvest Time


Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
Posted in

Monday, September 11, 2000

The bounty of the season is upon us. Everything is all coming at once. Vegetables, flowers and herbs are all ready for our enjoyment. Taste the fruits of your labor and be thankful.
The following excerpt is from Preserving Herb Harvest, reprinted from U of MN Extension Service Yard & Garden Brief, ‘Growing Herbs,’ by Jacqueline Thiebe

Air Drying: Gather 4 or 5 stems, and tie the ends together. Hang them upside down in a dark, warm, well-ventilated room. Label them, using small tags, as dried herbs will look different than fresh and mix-ups can easily occur. The foliage should dry in 7-14 days depending on conditions. This method also works well for drying seedpods and collecting seeds. To collect seeds, simply place a paper bag around the hanging herb with holes in the side for air circulation. As the drying process begins, the pods will open, the seeds will drop out and collect on the bottom of the bag.

Air-drying can also be done under the same conditions, using screen racks. Make sure the herbs are spread out only one layer deep. A cookie sheet or solid surface will not work as well, as only one surface will dry properly.

Oven Drying: Again, using a screen type tray, spread the herbs evenly and set the oven no higher than 100° F or at its lowest temperature. Keep the door open and check every thirty seconds. The herbs will dry very quickly, within a minute to a minute and half.

Microwave: Microwave ovens provide the fastest means of drying herbs. But because of different wattage and models, specific settings would best be determined by experimenting with your own microwave. Start with using 15-second intervals and keep checking the herbs until they are thoroughly dried.
Freezing: Freeze small quantities of herbs at a time. A few leaves or sprigs placed in a labeled plastic bag works well. The material can also be chopped up and packed into ice cube tray compartments. Top it off with a little water and freeze. Avoid freezing large quantities as they can't be refrozen once thawed. Properly frozen herbs should be used within a year.

Storage: Once herbs are dried, strip the leaves from the stems. Do not keep stems, as they tend to retain moisture long after the leaves have dried and may become moldy in storage. Store leaves whole if possible as the larger the piece, the better the flavor retention. Store the herbs in airtight containers. Herbs stored using these methods ca .....
[Read the Rest]
Hoffman Stables

This work is not for the birds

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
Posted in

Monday, September 4, 2000

I stand on the roof of our workshop holding the end of a rope. My husband has tied the opposite end around his waist so he doesn't slip as he hammers nails into our new metal roofing. Although I am alert to the danger ..... 
[Read the Rest]


Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
Posted in

"Please Don’t Touch the Rattlesnakes!"By John LevellMonday, August 21, 2000

Rattlesnake! The single word most likely to elicit a response from those who live or play along the Root River State Trail, especially during these more temperate, ple ..... 
[Read the Rest]

An afternoon in La Crosse

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
Posted in

Monday, September 4, 2000

We were wandering around downtown historic La Crosse last weekend, which, I couldn’t help but notice, in places, looks a bit like downtown historic Lanesboro. The secret is out, if you want your town to be economicall ..... 
[Read the Rest]

A Favorite Teacher

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
Posted in

Monday, September, 2000

The sunlight is suddenly different. Insects seem to respect our peace and quiet at night a bit more than they did a few weeks ago. There is a scent of dust on sunny days and the air feels cooler and dryer than just days ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Dad

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
Posted in

Monday, September 11, 2000

Last week while tending my booth at the Minnesota State Fair I got the call I’ve always dreaded. "Sit down," my brother Derald said softly. "Dad died just a little while ago."

Waves of emotion. Deep sighs. Ti ..... 
[Read the Rest]

The dark at the bottom of the stairway

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
Posted in

My wife drove into town to look for some material for a chair that she is going to re-upholster and would be gone for an hour or two and as she was leaving, suggested that I find something useful to do. I sat at my desk and gave the matter some thoug ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Journal Profile # 79

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
Posted in

Name: Jim Attwood
Home: Preston
Profession: Court Administrator for Fillmore County
Family: Wife Kathy, Daughters Jessica and Emily
Hobby: History, travel, ham radio, computers
Last Book Read: ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Homemade Ketcup

Sun, Sep 10th, 2000
Posted in

4 qt. canned tomato juice
2 cups sugar
1 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 onion
(red food coloring)
• Cook 2-1/2 hours or 1 hour and add 2 tabl ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 3575 | 3576 | 3577 | 3578 | 3579 | > | >>