Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Family of the Corn

We have had a very busy day. Michael and I left at 6:30a.m. to pick up corn from a local farmer. We purchased approximately 500 ears of corn. (We did not get to grow corn this year due to time and fence issues). We met the farmer in the field, and loaded our truck up with the fresh picked produce. We arrived back home by 7:30, and that is when the fun began.
Corn day at our house is a family affair. Some of our children like it more than others, but I know we have made memories over the years! We set up our corn "stations" outside on the carport. We use our truck as a shucking spot, and then I have one child inside washing the corn. (Everybody gets a turn at this job. Hope is our best corn silker/washer. She is the most efficient in the least amount of time. Joshua cleans the corn best of all, but we would have to wait on him a week just to have the corn clean. Matthew is horrible at silking corn. We all teased him that his corn would come complete with dental floss installed)! The washed corn is brought back outside for me to cut it off the cob. This is a very messy job, and it makes for a much nicer clean up time if this part takes place outside. Then the corn is taken back into the kitchen to cook. We bag it outside due to the mess that this can create. This process went on from 8:00a.m. until well after 2:30 p.m. I am happy to say that all the corn has been put away, and most of the mess has been cleaned up. We still have some work to do on the carport, but at least our kitchen isn't messy!
500 Ears of Corn Yielded:
4 dozen ears for fresh eating
48 Quart Bags of cut corn for the freezer
6 dozen ears frozen on the cob
grace and peace,

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