Like.... this basil:
Yes, that's a TRASH BAG-SIZED PRODUCE BAG of basil.
There are easily 25+ bundles of basil like this one.
It's all getting plucked. The stems get fed to the chickens, and the rest get chopped up by me. Yes, I was watching So You Think You Can Dance. There was nothing else on, and it's a pretty entertaining show to watch when you're doing a boring task like pluckin basil.
In other kitchen projects TO BE DONE ASAP:
- Make raspberry jam.
- Pressure cook the last 8-10lbs of beef from our freezer, and then freeze the cooked, shredded beef (for easier use)
- Make pesto (see above) with the basil and try some with my garlic scapes.
- Test my uber-cool and exciting pie pocket mold.
- Finish shelling my peas and then freeze them.
- Pick, blanch and freeze my spinach.
In other news, I've been on the look out for a silkie chicken. My husband reads this blog, and right now his eyebrows are probably up in his hairline. Yes dear. AND, I found someone selling some silkie chicks. They are feathered, so no laundry room chickens! And, I can move the portable coop up to near the other coop so they would be easy to care for. I get to go look this afternoon. They're really inexpensive for silkies, so here's hoping!
If we move, I would have to think about what chickens I could take with me. Assuming we have a limit on how many, we'd probably sell the big coop, and I'd just take the pen with us (and make a smaller coop because there are fewer chickens). All of my chickens lay, so I think I'd probably want the brahma, salmons, and the silkies. They are, by FAR, the most entertaining, personable, and, well, ADORABLE.
The limit in typical city limits was 2-3 hens, but they're revising the limitations currently. That's assuming we end up in a smaller lot... I really think that we'll be on a quarter acre or more, so the limitations are much more in our favor (and possibly not applicable).
So yes, dear husband, I've thought about the consequences to my actions. :)
But seriously, aren't the silkies freakishly cute? I have some extra chicken wire. I think I'd fence in some areas with nasty weeds and throw some bird netting over the top. Let them weed my yard for me!