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Sorting onions for storage

Hucklberry and onionsHuckleberry informed me that it was high time I sorted through our onions, cut off the stems, and put them away.

I'm sad to say that our beautiful onion braids all started breaking apart after hanging for just a few days.  I guess those folks on the internet who recommend you braid a piece of rope in amid the leaves were right.

After several braids fell to the ground, I ended up drying the onions on the anti-cat screen atop the chick brooder.  Our last set of chicks is due to hatch this week, so I guess Huckleberry was right.

A considerable number of onions were already slightly softened, presumably due to bruising from their unexpected fall.  Rather than sorting by size the way I usually do, I instead used a squeeze test to pull out all of the onions that need to be eaten in the next month.  The hard-as-a-storage-pear onions go in other bags to be used later.

Our chicken waterer never spills or fills with poop.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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That is a classic picture of Huckleberry and the onions!
Comment by Maggie Wed Aug 17 08:28:47 2011
...thinks he should be featured on the blog every day, but we strive to keep from trying our readers' patience. Maybe now he'll be content for a day or two. :-)
Comment by anna Wed Aug 17 09:07:32 2011
I'd second his notion that he should be featured every day - he's a very handsome cat, after all! :)
Comment by Ikwig Wed Aug 17 23:23:08 2011
Be careful --- you're going to swell that cat's head!
Comment by anna Thu Aug 18 06:48:36 2011

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