we spent the day getting ready to dry crooked neck squash. mine didn’t grow this year. I bought these from an amish store in Missouri. these squash were about 15 to 20 pounds each. we dried 5 of them today. we still have some dried squash left from last year. this will have to last us til next year.
we decided to cut the squash up today because it will be warmer tomorrow. temps in the 70s next few days. it may rain this week end but the squash should be pretty much done by then. if we have to, we can bring it inside and let it finish drying indoors.
it didn’t take long to cut the rinds off and dice up the squash. we have done this enough times that we have the routine down pat. I had one of my playlists going while we worked.
the trick to cutting up squash is to have a sharp knife. gotta cut off the rinds. then dice it up. we didn’t cut it in rings. we diced it all up to spread out on screens. I poked my finger and had to stop to put on a band aid. I was trying to rush to get done. guess I shouldn’t have been.
I had to re-staple some of my drying screens. they tightened up once I stapled them. I will have to rebuild some of my screens this fall or winter. some of the boards cracked or broke. some of the screens tore too. I will have to replace them.
I ordered a roll of screen off amazon. it is 30 inches by 100 feet. I can remake 14 screens with that. it is aluminum screen. that is tougher than the fiberglass screen. the fiberglass screen stretches too much under the weight of the corn or squash.
we saved the seeds from these squash. we have them soaking in salt water. later we will add all-spice, cinnamon and pumpkin spice to it when we spread it out on cookie sheets. we will pop that into the oven to toast the seeds. our family likes to eat the seeds when we fix them like that.
I bought some pine boards when I went to town. I will make 5 more egg laying boxes with them. that will give me 15 laying boxes in the chicken house. that should be enough for the 24 hens I have. I am starting to get more eggs now. I go thru all the trouble of raising chickens because I want fresh eggs when I have breakfast. store bought eggs never taste as good.
will see what the rest of the week brings