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Schenectady, NY


July 16, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9207195

There are a total of 98 votes:


My pool!
(7 votes, 7%)
Red dot


Coming indoors to the air conditioning.
(54 votes, 55%)
Red dot


A favorite beverage. (tell us!)
(12 votes, 12%)
Red dot


Watermelon!
(7 votes, 7%)
Red dot


Other (tell us!)
(18 votes, 18%)
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Previous Polls

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

July 16, 2012
10:18 AM

Post #9207244

I stay inside all the times when the hot and humidity...
Regality
Concord, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 16, 2012
10:24 AM

Post #9207261

I don't WANT to cool down in the summer. I love the heat!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 16, 2012
11:37 AM

Post #9207392

I actually dislike AC more than I hate heat. I think. I like spring. That's my final answer.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

July 16, 2012
12:52 PM

Post #9207488

A nice dry summer Rose' wine.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 16, 2012
1:38 PM

Post #9207560

Other. I typically chase the shade when working outside. I can also get some instant relief by just going down into the basement, but that's boring. When the heat gets truly unbearable (not often) we escape into Puget Sound on our little 12' Duroboat with some iced down Budweiser. .

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9207610

There's nothing like cooling down in the A/C with a big glass of Gatorade, lemonade or iced tea. Perks you up in no time and you're ready to get outside and tackle the heat again. Get hot again and repeat the procedure.
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2012
3:49 PM

Post #9207705

Both: Coming indoors to the air conditioning.
A favorite beverage which would prolly be water.
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

July 16, 2012
4:21 PM

Post #9207747

I'm with Regality and Carrielamont. I love the heat and hate a/c.
I will say though, that when the temps were in the 90's last week, with a heat index over 100, I did stay inside during the heat of midday. ;)
Barb
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9207834

I prefer to chase the shade if it's not unbearable and there is a breeze. Otherwise I just come inside to the a/c and cool off. Would rather hop in the pool but don't have one and no private or flat spot to put it. lol
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2012
6:00 PM

Post #9207921

I happen to work (as a profession) outdoors. The heat and humidity can be extreme, so coming indoors to cool off in the A/C is a true relief. Those who must exert themselves in this terrible heat and humidity are thankful for air conditioning. Those who work indoors most of the time do not understand what I mean!
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

July 16, 2012
6:09 PM

Post #9207932

The basement stays cool for me.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


July 16, 2012
7:44 PM

Post #9208083

school pool swimming with the crazy people who swim with a coach every day

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 16, 2012
8:47 PM

Post #9208185

our swimming pool, hands down then next is our sweet tea, (which for your northern folks is sweet Ice Tea).LOL

Jan
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 16, 2012
9:09 PM

Post #9208196

Voted coming in to cool down in the a/c.
It gives me time to get things done indoors.

I must admit, watermelon ran a close second.

This message was edited Jul 16, 2012 11:09 PM
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 17, 2012
6:38 AM

Post #9208457

Couldn't live here without a/c, and ice water is my beverage of choice year round.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 17, 2012
6:51 AM

Post #9208495

Gotta be ice cold watermelon , right out of the fridge . The fridge is in an air conditioned house , naturally . Then a nap .
Or a frozen margaretta on the porch , if it's later in the day . Also have a swamp cooler on the porch for me and the dogs to stay cool .
So , I guess all four places and things go together .

vitrsna

vitrsna
Colima
Mexico
(Zone 11)

July 17, 2012
7:32 AM

Post #9208598

I voted "other" and am also a member of the "i hate air conditioning more than i hate the heat" club although i might feel differently if i lived in Arizona or Mumbai. But i do have ceiling fans. The Pacific Ocean is about 30 minutes from where i live. To chill out and cool down I go to a small Mexican village (no tourists), sit under a large umbrella at the edge of the continent and have either or both fresh coconut water from the coconut (no tequila added!) and/or a big shrimp cocktail with a nice cold beer. It is cool AND relaaaaxxxing. wowzer...I wonder what i have to do today?

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 17, 2012
8:07 AM

Post #9208642

I left South Florida to get away from the heat and humidity. This summer the Florida weather found me!

I do all my gardening chores in the early hours, and then retreat into the blessed air conditioned interior.

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 17, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9208723

Honeybee if ya had to leave at least you went to a great state. I love the carolina's... whether it is north or south and VA, thats it for the eastern states...LOL

Jan
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

July 17, 2012
9:11 AM

Post #9208727

digger, what is a swamp cooler?

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 17, 2012
9:31 AM

Post #9208754

meadowyck - the fall colors make up for having to endure hot summers here. One thing I missed when living in South Florida (Palm Beach County) were TREES!

One year a girlfriend sent me a gift while she was on vacation. When I opened it, out tumbled fall leaves in beautiful golds and reds. I burst into tears! It was then that I knew I HAD to leave Florida.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 17, 2012
9:58 AM

Post #9208781

Flower , in the west , the air is so dry that you can get a nosebleed pretty easy . The air conditioner of choice is a swamp cooler , or another name is evaporator cooler. It's a metal frame box with pads on three sides that water is pumped up and drains down into the pads and a fan inside blows the air out , bringing air in through the wet pads and blowing it out . They sit in a window but I have mine just setting on the porch to keep the dogs and me cool .The water is delivered in a plastic hose like for a fridg and a float in the bottom of the box that cuts the water off and on when enough is used out of the bottom . If I could load pictures , I'd post one .

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 17, 2012
1:49 PM

Post #9209132

Coming in to a/c? I try not to go out :-), absolutely hate this heat!!! but I like to cool off with ice cream
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 17, 2012
1:55 PM

Post #9209143

Just had some with fresh peaches I froze last week .
Oh , looky , no one voted for watermelon . That means I don't have to share.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

July 18, 2012
7:48 AM

Post #9210016

I don't have much trouble with heat here in Ventura, we're right on the beach. But when I move back to KY this weekend, I will have to fight the humity that is there. I did it before by taking cold showers in the afternoon and staying in the shade or on the bed infront of a fan. We don't have air conditioning in the trailer we live in in KY. Of course there's always Lake Cumberland to go jump in.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 18, 2012
9:32 AM

Post #9210146

Other: this "summer", putting on the central heating, to bring the temperature up from Cold to Cool

:-(((

JudyinGA

JudyinGA
Newnan, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 18, 2012
9:40 AM

Post #9210173

Digger, we had a swamp cooler on top of the house when we were in Texas. They use them like air conditioners there because the humidity is almost zip. I had never seen one. Lots less expensive than A/C too. But, honey, I am ruined. Can't live without my A/C.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 18, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #9210205

We called them air conditioners because that's what they did .The only places that had refrigerated air were businesses . Thank you, Lord, for refrigerated air .
My little old dogs enjoy the swamp cooler on hot days and even the ceiling is insulated on the porch .

jmc1987

jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 18, 2012
5:07 PM

Post #9210607

Other: because there was no "all of the above" button :)
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

July 18, 2012
5:42 PM

Post #9210663

Digger thanks for telling us about the swamp cooler - I too was wondering what it was.

hmmmm -- Lake Cumberland - is nice and cool even in the hottest weather for some reason.

There have been a couple of times that I thought my brain was going to over heat - pouring a bottle of cold water over my head, a water hose to pour over my head helps a lot.
.
- This summer My aunt just walked out of her house to say hi to a neighbor, she has lupus , but feels and is doing well. She didn't even know she passed out untill she woke up in the ambulence on the way to the ER. Since I have reached the age that I feel in a constant heat even in the winter maybe I will pick cooer times to o my garden work, and dig the post hole for the fences?

Nope, not ready to lay down yet -- bottles of water, are great, even in the sun!.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2012
8:44 PM

Post #9210852

FOR NOW the A.C. wins a vote. watermelon and ice water sure are good though!!!
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 18, 2012
10:44 PM

Post #9210920

Growing up in Tucson, AZ, all we had was a swamp cooler and when the summer monsoons came, it didn't work very well. Needless to say, I have a heat pump now which refrigerates in summer and heats in winter. My daughter's house has both swamp and air conditioning and I do envy her lower electric bills when she can get by with the swamp cooler.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 19, 2012
4:00 AM

Post #9210983

I remember swamp coolers from early life in Arizona too. But I wanna find that part of Texas that doesn't have any humidity.

Here in east Texas, we swim in humidity, who needs a pool?!?! Kristi
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 19, 2012
11:41 AM

Post #9211493

Yes to humidity . It is horrible to get out of a cool shower and (dry ?) off . Then go get another shower . The cycle never ends . And sweaty hair ? UGH !

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2012
1:01 PM

Post #9211587

You all remember the saying ; if you cant take the heat,get out of the kitchen.!


UH WHERE'S THE EXIT!!!
wed2thahwind
bertrand
Canada

July 19, 2012
6:59 PM

Post #9211889

Hi all! I'm new arround here so I just wanted to peek in and join the fun! :-)

I voted for the pool 'cause I finally got the thing working...so I'm certainly going to try to get the most out of it! Close second is frozen grapes! If you've never tried them you just gotta...they are sooooo refreshing!
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

July 19, 2012
8:01 PM

Post #9211973


Hi:
Thanks for the tip on frozen grapes.
Frozen watermelon, here.
I raised a whole field full of them last year, and sold them. Some girl stopped by an bought five of my biggest ones. I tried it - they are great!

Our pool got old and busted out the seam, flooded the yard, scared the dog and delighted the geese. Chemicals are so expensive - it was just as well. We sold it for scrap metal and we got 300 dollars for it. I was suprised and very pleased. We had bought it used 10 year ago.
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2012
8:09 AM

Post #9212326

Thanks, digger, for the info on swamp coolers. I don't think I've ever seen one. I -DO- remember 'back when' the businesses had A/C, but not many homes did. We didn't, and I always loved going to the store because it was cool there. My parents were some of the last people to get A/C. I went away to college, and when I returned, they had A/C. What's with that? LOL My little sisters loved it, and I was so glad for them. :)
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 20, 2012
11:17 AM

Post #9212501

Ice cool skim milk for me. I've loved that over water since I was a kid.
PAgirl60
Tobyhanna, PA
(Zone 5a)

July 20, 2012
2:18 PM

Post #9212648

I'm not a heat lover, and I don't have AC or a pool. Do have ceiling fans throughout the house though, and they do help. When it's really hot and humid I play in the garden in the early morning and in the evening. I drink glasses and glasses of iced tea or Crystal light. And to achieve the "ahh" response, nothing beats a cool water shower. :>)

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 20, 2012
2:33 PM

Post #9212660

I always thought swamp cooler was a drink! Like I dunno GA version of LI Iced Tea or something... may we please have a picture? I can't quite visualize it. Maybe I'll go to google images or wikipedia.

Txtea

Txtea
Fabens, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 20, 2012
2:58 PM

Post #9212671

podster, my part of Tx. is 90% swamp coolers, although I have both types in my home.. Love the Rif. air but have the electic bill. Therfore try to use swamp most of the time.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

July 20, 2012
3:11 PM

Post #9212676

Screened porch and overhead fans -- it works for me!
i freeze in the air conditioning

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 20, 2012
4:49 PM

Post #9212758

We have overhead fans in every room.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 20, 2012
5:14 PM

Post #9212781

I went over my entire bunch of pictures and didn't have one . Mon . I will try to load pictures off my camera.
Google should be good .
roserairie
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2012
8:07 PM

Post #9212944

My daughter and I hang out at Lake Michigan - Jarvis Beach in Chicago.
wed2thahwind
bertrand
Canada

July 20, 2012
9:25 PM

Post #9212998

Hi Liquidambar2!

Frozen watermelon? Really? I just happen to have 3/4 of one that the kids aren't eating...and it's swelting hot arround here...well for me it's hot...for some of you all you'd laugh at me I'm sure 'cause it's definitely NOT Texas here but...just the same...we aren't used to that much heat here. Gonna have that watermelon in the freezer soon...how do you do it...cut up in chunks and chuck into the freezer? Gonna try that anyways and give it a go! May have a new fave by tomorrow! :)
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 21, 2012
6:30 AM

Post #9213185

Didn't ask me , but I cut it into bite sized pieces and freeze it on a cookie sheet , then chunk it into zip lock bags . It doesn't last long .Yum
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

July 21, 2012
6:59 AM

Post #9213211

Wed2thawind
Nice name.
My parents loved fishing and loved catching pike - so I know Canada in the summer time and it is hot too.

To Freeze Watermelon
Digger told you exactly right.
Freeze separate on chunks before putting them all together in a bag..

Darn it - always extra many steps and extra time - in all this food stuff.
I only started doing this last fall when I raised a bunch to sell (and did but still had the small ones that I froze) .
I know they separate out easy to pull out and eat like a bag of chips-- just as they first start to defrost. We ate them all up by Jan. Freezer was full

I never did see how it was to lump them all together in a bag -at once- they may have separated too once they started to defrost.
Has anyone else did this and what how did it turn out?

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 22, 2012
10:55 AM

Post #9214415

I don't care for grapes myself so I've never done this, but I've heard that freezing seedless grapes is an easy, no-extra-steps-necessary frozen snack.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 22, 2012
12:21 PM

Post #9214500

Also good for a cold sweet snack if you're not wanting to put on extra calories . They melt fast , so eat fast . LOL

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9214778

Well I don't want to be insulting anyone but I'm still for sitting in front of the air conditioner if you have it there. It may not be that healthy but it is calorie free, and it sure FEELS GOOD!!!!
wed2thahwind
bertrand
Canada

July 22, 2012
7:03 PM

Post #9214993

Hi...glad my idea of frozen grapes has taken us into these new directions...I'm now a frozen fruit junkie! I admit I haven't tried the watermelon yet as I was thinking that just
chucking 'em all in the freezer might not work out too great...was waiting to get more info...good thing I did or I'd likely be knawing on a big chunk of frozen melon just now...lol! I tried mango that was getting over-ripe instead! Mmmmm! Yummy! Watermelon next...promise!...in separate bites!

The name...Wed2thahwind...I was sitting here in the HEAT and a nice cool breeze came in...I told myself I just fell in love with that wind and...tadahhh! A name was born...lol! Glad you like! :)

juhur7...I for one am not insulted in the least...I'd be sitting in front of the a/c right now...with a bag of assorted frozen fruit...if it weren't that I'm alergic to the coolants in the a/c! Cheers all!
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

July 22, 2012
7:59 PM

Post #9215061

Ohhh, I got wedded to the wind this evening. I was tiling my watermelon patch this evening - hot, humid, sweat coming off of me like I just step out of the shower. I thought I was going to have to stop before the job was finished and just at my breaking point; along came some wind off some thunderstorm some wher.
Thank Goodness!.

I finished the job, and my sweet son came with the truck and trailer to load up my tiller and --he brought a big container of ice water.

I had to buckets of rain water that ran off the barn - and splashed some water on my face ---- it was so hot it was like bath water and I got no relief from that! BUt the wind from the movement of the truck on my ride back was delightful!

I have by the way - seedless grapes just getting ripe - they are about the size of large beads on a necklace. I was wondering what to do with them.


This message was edited Jul 22, 2012 10:04 PM
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2012
10:21 AM

Post #9215682

Hey all, my husband's aunt (born and raised in Florida before central air was in every home) used to mush up wantermelon with some good chunks left in and then mixed in vodka or Southern Comfort and freeze. Made a great adult slushy...I'm just saying.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 23, 2012
10:29 AM

Post #9215694

Sounds good . Now let's see , do I still have any Southern Comfort in the cupboard ?
destinip
Oklahoma City, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2012
12:15 AM

Post #9216544

Although I do not really want to be all sweaty and hot, I can't help it. I want to be in my garden so bad. I feel that there is always something that needs my attention out there. I love gardening.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 25, 2012
6:50 AM

Post #9217857

destinip, I agree! And that is why I think God invented bubble bath! Some candles, that frozen watermelon slushy, and a good book at the end of the day...☺
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 25, 2012
7:33 AM

Post #9217913

I just bought two more watermelons , and put a bag of grapes in the freezer . I offered D H a cup of them last night , his first taste of them . MISTAKE ! Now I have to buy enough for him to make a meal out of , or hide them . LOL
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

July 25, 2012
8:25 AM

Post #9217982

Digger;
With those blueberries and grapes - if you have strawberries, and blackberry juice of what ever - you can make smoothies and freeze them. I makes all that stuff last longer. And everyone has a chance of getting a little of every thing.

My mother and grandfather use to freeze cantaloupe years ago. They laid the sugar to it though, but both were sugar holics, it may not have been nessacary. Also they would let them thaw out before eathing them. I bet they would have been better eaten some what frozen.

Does anyone know about frozen cantaloupes?

My watermelon plants are coming along.
The ones that sprouted early are spreading out and setting on watermelons
I had to replant again because a lot of the seeds did not come up. I over planted the next time, some places 8-10 came up and still there were spots were nothing came up.

I got a wet rainy day and mud boots and transplanted.

I guess I will go out and pull off my seedless grapes -a little larger than the size of BBs and see how they do.


This message was edited Jul 25, 2012 10:29 AM

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 25, 2012
8:39 AM

Post #9218000

My teeth hurt when I eat frozen things. WAH! I drink cold, icy drinks through a straw. Actually trained myself not to like ice cream... but reading this thread has SO got me craving something frozen!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 25, 2012
8:43 AM

Post #9218006

I have to buy strawberries and grapes . I do make a lot of smoothies tho , and freeze slices of banana . I buy the flavored water and mix banana, yogurt in the blender . Favorite ! Blueberries , figs , any fruit is fair game .
I've frozen cantaloupe and like it . I've made pies out of cantaloupe too . My favorite way to eat cantaloupe is to refrigerate it and when good and cold , halve it , de-seed it and drop a large dip of well hardened (from freezer ) vanilla ice cream in the center .
I need to go pick blueberries . I have two clumps of bushes that were late getting ripe .
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 25, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #9218011

My teeth used to hurt me too . My bottom front were sensitive from the age of seven. Fifty years after that , I decided to trade them in on some new ones .I only get brain freeze now .BIG LOL !
Bloominggardens
Edgewater, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 25, 2012
9:07 AM

Post #9218039

Blueberry Tea
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

July 25, 2012
12:55 PM

Post #9218341

I do not understand how Digger you are still picking blueberries - mine are all done a month ago and I live north of you.
You know - you all are canning corn - while I am planting mine.

I really would like to know what kind of blueberries they are!
I know you don't know but darn I am envious.

Cantaloupe pie????
Never heard of it!
What is in it besides cantaloupe?

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 25, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9218491

Echoes over here -- cantaloupe pie?
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 25, 2012
5:45 PM

Post #9218721

Liquid , Make it like pumkin pie or sweet potato pie . always add a pinch of salt and don't be stingy with the butter . Actually , in south Texas , they even make pie out of grapefruit . Make as you would any fruit pie and thicken with a little flour instead of corn starch . (which I don't like anyway . ) Again , a pinch of salt and extra butter .
I looked up the thread and thought I offered you some of these blueberry sprouts . I either have that on another thread , or I sent it into space . Try the pie Carriel .
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

July 25, 2012
7:17 PM

Post #9218813

Yes you offered on another thread.
Thanks.
wed2thahwind
bertrand
Canada

July 30, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #9224058

Been away for a few and missed a lot of great suggestions I can see. I tried the frozen watermelon...yummy! I couldn't get it in fast enough tonight as I am parched and needed someting real cold real quick...don't have no southern comfort here in Canada and no alcohol on hand so I improvised...frozen watermelon bits, juice of 1/4 lemon, cranberry juice all blended in the blender and poured into a martini glass! Now THAT is refreshing! New fave!!! I'm gonna get everybody hooked on it arround here!

Hey Digger, glad your dh is into the grapes...my boyfriend is also getting hooked on them too...not to mention ME! I'm realising pretty well all frozen fruit is awesome. Frozen bleuberries in your morning cereal is also delish! Helps me alot since I don't like b'fast usually but this goes down well. Hope everyone is having a good one!
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

July 30, 2012
9:41 PM

Post #9224424

The recipe sounds really - really good.
Thanks @ Wed to the Wind.

I just froze 20 pints of seedless grapes I raised -- yesterday. They are about the size of marbles and come in a really packed together tight pod.

I am so impressed with this variety of grapes, I only have the one vine that I bought it at Lowes six years or so, ago. It grows fast and produces a mauve (pinkish) blush on green and best of all they are (SEEDLESS).. They are sweeter than the other grapes my parents raised that are very dark purple blue, have seeds ,and are rather sour.
If nothing else I will make grape pies out of them, because you are suppose to include the skins to make a good grape pie.

My parent's grapes - I had to spend hours popping out the skins and putting them in a separate bowl to save, and then run the pulp; and seeds through the juicier.

See what I have had to do in the past.
That is why I whin/whimper/ cry/ complain when I have to freeze the watermelon in separate piecies on a cookie sheet. Wore out with it all - even if it is really good.

This message was edited Jul 30, 2012 11:45 PM
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 31, 2012
5:50 AM

Post #9224560

Sit at a table with a few cookie sheets and a small cutting board . Watch T V and cut away . Even better yet , use a very small mellon ball or butter ball cutter and scoop away to your hearts content.
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

July 31, 2012
6:05 PM

Post #9225408

Sitting sounds great!
I do that with green beans.
But really that is not why I am a whinning about it -it is because it ties up my freezer with great big cookie sheets takes up room in the freezer. - darn cookie sheets.
It is not cutting them up or placing them on the cookie sheets not to touch one another - it is getting enough room -in the freezer and I can hardly stack them, you know.

I do have trouble with making room in my freezer. Actually I have three - . I fill them by autumn to the point I could not squeeze in one small raisin - let along big cookie sheets.

Sigh! such a small matter in life, but still one that vexes me.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 1, 2012
6:00 AM

Post #9225749

I have three freezers , same problem . I need to eat more out of them . One , the upright is for meat and main stuff to make a meal around and the 15' chest is for the fruit , veggies , over stock meat and mis stuff . The side by side is for leftovers from meals such as soup and beans,ham chunks and bacon, and pecans , peppers , coconut and other stuff for baking and everyday seasoning including flour , pasta , rice and anything that could get bugs .I have an empty freezer, 15' in the shop that I need to sell , and another , 22' to junk.
I do my green beans and peaches at the table too . Tomatoes are fast , I do them in the kitchen .
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

August 1, 2012
7:37 AM

Post #9225829

Wow, you guys are energetic. I have an old chest freezer that is mostly empty. Sadly, its primary function is a folding station next to the dryer.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 1, 2012
11:21 AM

Post #9226074

Wish I had a folding table , you lucky thing, to have that much room .
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

August 1, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #9226424

OHHHH, I actually had a good long belly laugh, from your comment bonehead.
Yes, I too have one beside the dryer - and it does make a good folding table -


Another thing that can keep you cool - well not really but cooler - is to do all work - farm or yard before 10:00.
You could wait till the evening around 7:00 or 8:00 even, but I do believe the heat builds all day in the summer and there is no cool evenings.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2012
4:36 AM

Post #9227894

Freezer is actually an excellent place to store any food with a fat content--coconut, flour, wheat germ, coffee, nuts, seeds, butter, cheese, bacon--as well as anything you can get apart after frozen (like blueberries, cranberries, melon balls or grapes). if you wrap stuff carefully freezers are perfect!
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2012
5:17 AM

Post #9227922

Yes... food with fat content ~ lol When it is frozen, I can't eat that fat stuff as fast. Then I have time to think about it while it thaws. 8 )))

Digger ~ you mentioned
Quoting: 15' in the shop that I need to sell
I don't know if you are interested but somewhere I have a link to convert one to a refrigerator. Then you can set your whole melons in it to chill. Yum!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 3, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #9228052

Liquid , Try the food processor , then pour into square cake pans and freeze , melt a chunk just a little , reprocess and have a great smoothie . Add other fruit if wanted , or a little fruit juice of your choice . It's cool out this morning , so got everything watered . Need to set out some plants , but can wait
Pod , I never have more than three at a time and have a large fridg for a camper ,with separate freezer . So far , it's big enough but would appreciate the information if you find it .
Back in 1996 or so , I froze 7 gallons of pecans I had picked up and shelled . I thought my step son had taken some home with him years ago . Not so . I cleaned out the freezer in the shop and found three gals. Everything went into the landfill except the pecans . I kept putting off cleaning the freezer because the shop was a good walk from the house and always locked . I did check it when I was down there to make sure it was still working , but just one of those things I kept putting off . You know , "It's frozen , it can wait until I have more time " That was two years ago and after tasting the pecans , determined they were as fresh as the day they went into the freezer . I have made many pies and have only about a cup left now . Sure glad I tasted them before they went to the deer and squirrels . Not one rancid in the lot .

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2012
11:22 AM

Post #9228286

And, Christi, food with FAT in it actually makes you hotter, because you're working harder to digest the fat in the ice cream etc. Just don't tell the ice cream truck vendors.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 3, 2012
11:54 AM

Post #9228329

My body is so lazy , it doesn't work to digest fat , it just stores it in hips , belly , rear , Etc !
Hope you got a laugh for today . lol
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2012
12:01 PM

Post #9228333

Air conditioned room...then iced tea. I could not survive the heat without iced tea!
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

August 3, 2012
4:24 PM

Post #9228639

My sister in law -who lives down Mississippi; last year sent me through the mail a huge box of pecans.
She said they had a very good year.
We ate them -all winter; and maybe they tasted better than anything I bought from the store because it was from her - or maybe theyactually were better than anything I could buy.

I planted me two Missiouri pecan trees, everyone tells me they don't get to be big trees up here - and neither does the pecans.

Which makes me glad I live in the United States that has shipping.

But I have 10 quarts of shelled black walnuts in my freezer
There are actually some people that don't like them ?????? My husband!!!! He says they are bitter - I say it is his Californ-I-A raising showing.

There is nothing this side of heaven better than black walnuts and fudge or brownies!

My husband's suggestion for keeping cool - is to wear sunglasses at all times - and fool the brain.

But there is noth
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 3, 2012
7:28 PM

Post #9228835

for Digger and anyone else interested, this is the link http://www.mtbest.net/chest_fridge.html

Quoting: Hope you got a laugh for today
~ don't know about anyone else but I'm always chuckling when following y'all around.

Liquidambar2 ~ 10 quarts of black walnuts? WOW! What is your secret to shelling them? I've shelled half a day and was lucky to net a cup.

digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 4, 2012
7:24 AM

Post #9229182

In our farm bulletin , we have b . walnut shelled meats for sale by several people . I don't remember how cheap , but cheaper than I can mess with them . I've been threating to buy some , haven't gotten around to it , and now I guess I'd better .
I'm with you, Pod , all day , sore fingers and finally enough to sprinkle on one small dish of ice cream .
That site about freezer to fridg is interesting . I'd have to go with the kit , ready to plug in tho , I don't mess with electricity.Besides , it hurts my brain to read all those graphs .
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

August 4, 2012
9:02 AM

Post #9229267

Podster
Hammer is better than any nut cracker you can buy . I know - I have purchased several very expensive ones, the hammer is sill the best. .
Crack the walnut on it's top/bottom pointed edge. It splits into four sections and then a small tap ln top of each section - will get that opened up into a whole kernal.

I have wasted my time with small walnuts (I did at first) we have one that produces tons and tons in our fence row and it was not worth my time, meats were very small..
I have orderd two from a local grower whose variety produces huge walnuts with thinner shells- last year they produced 15 walnuts for the first time - not bad for just five years growth.

My tather's neighbor has on wonderful walnut tree and since it was getting some age on it and mistletoe was weakeining it; he had ordered some from a famous catalog company- they matured and he found he was not pleased with their variety - so I went with the local grower instead.

On my fahter's farm - down in the hollow - in the wood - that walnut tree from my neighbor must have produced babies over the years, and they are all grown up. For my father has has really good walnut trees that produce very nice sized walnuts.

You must take the attitude of shelling - black walnuts like you do quilting.
My mother was a great quilter - I love quilts but nope - I can't stand it.She tells me I am too much of a hurry.
So never get in any hurry - it is the journey - not the end product.
But on pretty fall days - I take my hubby and son out in the truck to the edge of the woods and gather them - it is always fun.
I bring them home and put them in the yard and stomp and twist and with gloves get the husk off - not as much fun - but I take it short spurts. Then I let them dry . I put them in buckets and put them down in the basement untill about early August - when ever I have finished the corn/blackberries/strawberries - well you know the harvest/freezing and canning has slowed down-

That is when I get up in the morning with my cup of coffee go out on the back porch with a small bag of them and crack out a few and put them in freezer bags.
I did that this morning and barely got the shells swept up before it rained on me.
It is a zen moment - and I don't do it for hours- just when ever like a quilt.
This summer has been more difficult though because my husband is sick and we need a better fence - more than just an electric fence in one area - because the bull got out there this spring . So I am having to spend those mornings digging post holes. Again a zen moment - one post hole at a time.

Digger:
An elderly lady in her 80s from our church ; cracks them out and gets about 15 dollars a quart.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 4, 2012
7:54 PM

Post #9229871

Liquid , what would be wrong with me buying three qts and her shipping in a small flat rate box from the P O ? I would , of course , pay the postage .Should be able to get three qts in a small box easy .Or four qts if it would hold that much .
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

August 5, 2012
7:29 AM

Post #9230136

I will ask her for you, if you wish.
I might sell you some, if you wish?
But gosh- pecans so good !
Geesh- that would be 60 dollars for four quarts of black walnuts. That is a lot of money for some nuts even if they are the best in the world- and heee, heee, heee -- a tough nut to crack! (It was the black walnut for wince that clich'e came from; I bet money on it )
Plus 5 dollars for shipping - if not 7-- they have weight to them. Flat rate; if they fit into the box even! .
I give mine as gifts for Christmas to several people on my list and the post office is high.

What get's my dander up is a few seed companies are charging five-ten dollars for shipping packets of seeds, in an envelope!

Hmmm, I am curious - does black walnuts grow in the south? I have never thought about it before?.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2012
9:11 AM

Post #9230244

Yep ~ there are black walnut trees here. A quart of black walnuts would last me a while. The taste is strong enough that it doesn't take much to give a cake or cookie a wonderful flavor. And pecans I love ~ they are more common here.

BTW, thanks for the cracking tough nuts instructions. LOL A hammer was what I resorted to also. But oh how sore my fingers were when I was finished. Good thought to do a little at a time. I did that with a brick sidewalk, it only took 6 months. Never thought of it as zen though. 8 )

The flat rate box doesn't have to be weighed. Postage can be prepaid and it can be shipped from a rural route mail box without even making a trip to town. We do that alot and I love it.

On the freezer conversion, I agree. I would have to buy the prefab one also. I keep visualizing that 15 cu ft freezer full of watermelons chilling in wait for me. 8 )
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

August 5, 2012
11:21 AM

Post #9230369

You are welcome podster;
Thanks for having the patience to read it.

And I bet you are amazed at yourself even to this day and proud - of that brick sidewalk!
Six months is nothing when you think about it - and it makes the memory of the job not so painful!
At least I hope not! I try not to have too painful memories of too many big jobs.

I find I sort of obssess over my stuff to the point of being boring. Sorry about that ; but it amazes me that . just how many people there are in the world that may not have invented the atomic bomb or gone to the moon, but never the less has done some important work like making better blackberry culitvars, or hazelnuts, or pear trees, and esp walnut trees. I just would go out in the woods and gather them without much thought about cultivars untill I ran across that one in our fence row - and found they were indeed tough nut to crack and tiny meats at that. -and not all black walnuts are created equal- !

My father's neighbor said the ones he orderd were Thomas from Starks came out of Pennslyvannia, they were thinned shelled but not all that big and nice as his old tree - but he did not know the name of that culitvar- he had sat it out when he was a very young man. It has produced some very nice babies though, in my father's woods..

I ordered my two black walnuts to go on my farm from a rather famous Kentucky nut tree farm. They are grafted, even!


SAUBER 1 OH. 1970. Large nut with light colored high quality kernel, about 39%. Nut separates clean from the outer hull. Excellent production, about 20-25 nuts per pound. It produced for me for the first time this year. There is one branch that has dropped down to the ground it is so heavy and the walnuts are a look'in big

The other one is


THOMAS MYERS MO. 1980. Very large nut (20 lb.), 38% kernel, cracks out easily, thin shell. Bears early, annually, and heavily. Late vegetating. Anthracnose resistant. Best Ohio Valley and Southern variety. It produced for me last year the 15 walnuts- and though few and young - they were big nuts and lot of meat in them.

They better hurry up and produce because I am getting to the age that I realize I am not going to live forever. I sure thought up untill a few years ago that I was!





To keep from having sore fingers -- when I use to crack them in the fall of the year for hours at a time -I had a black/flat/rubber strip that came from one of those elastic ties - you know if you are hauling something small and want to hold it down.

Also I used the rubber strip from some kind of wrench my husband wanted real bad, after seeing it advertised on television - for opening jars and such .

I just wrap them around the nut and the rubber holds the nut instead of my fingers.

Curious about your Walnuts. Talking to my sister-in-law in Mississippi it seems all things down there are bigger down south.
.

All all walnut trees equal out there?
All about the same size?
I was surprised at how they vary here in Kentucky.
I always thought a black walnut tree was like any other untill I ran across this one in our fence row.
My father's neighbor said the ones he orderd were Thomas from Starks, and they were not anything close to as good as the one he set out years ago - but he did not know the name of that culitvar. It has produced some very nice babies though.

I ordered my two from a rather famous Kentucky nut tree farm. They are grafted, even!

.

SAUBER 1 OH. 1970. Large nut with light colored high quality kernel, about 39%. Nut separates clean from the outer hull. Excellent production, about 20-25 nuts per pound.


THOMAS MYERS MO. 1980. Very large nut (20 lb.), 38% kernel, cracks out easily, thin shell. Bears early, annually, and heavily. Late vegetating. Anthracnose resistant. Best Ohio Valley and Southern variety.




I guess I always thought walnuts - go out and gather in the woods, but people in the past have put some work into growing some good cultivars.
I just never appeciate just how many people there are in the world that may not have invented the atomic bomb or gone to the moon but never the less has done some important work like making better walnut trees. .




I m
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9230491

Great idea to use the rubber strap wrench when cracking them. I actually have one in my own tool box which DH is forbidden to meddle in. Guess necessity is the mother of invention. Great idea ~ thank you!
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

August 5, 2012
1:55 PM

Post #9230550

Opps Podstere!
So sorry, I couldn't believe my long thread.Wow!
I had to look to see what I had written.
Oh, dear
I was editing, pasting and copying and forgot to delete a lot at the bottom, so sorry! I should have edited myself a lot more.
I also noticed we sat the tree as opposed to set the tree.
But good luck on the cracking; it will do you good - as you can tell - from my last post just how good it has done my mentaliity. : ).
or
You could just take up quilting both are just as hard on the arthritis of the hands.
- but quiltiing won't let you be able to claim the 101 uses for your rubber strap wrench!

.

podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #9230925

Make that 1001 uses ~ just like krazy glue. lol

No to the quilting. I love it but my kitties do too. There would be too much help. Everybody avoids me when bricklaying. 8 )
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 5, 2012
6:52 PM

Post #9230931

I have a kid and two grandkids that I would share with . Pecans ? I could use up three gallons, packed full, of them each year . Pies , in salads , candies and roasted to snack on . My ddil makes trail mix with fruit and nuts for my son to take to work .
My nut cracker is metal and you lay the nut in it , pull a lever .
Are you talking about black walnuts or English walnuts ? We have a lot of native black walnut trees . I didn't know you could buy grafted black walnuts .
60 dollars isn't that much when you consider labor, and they freeze well and you have them on hand when needed .
If you want to make arrangements ,Liquid , d-mail me , I'll give you my number and give me yours , I'll call you and talk about when they can ship and all the particulars .
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

August 5, 2012
8:01 PM

Post #9230984

Podster;
Brick laying is hard on those hands too.
Black wlanuts trees are what I was talking about that were grafted.I can see the graft still too - even though they are five years old. When I first planted them it started sprouting out beneath the graft and I had to strip them off to save the graft.

Digger;
Yes they sell grafted "Black" walnut trees.
But mine are still very young and just beginning to produce - I still am getting mine out of my father's woods and refuse to touch that one in our fence row - ever again - that is however; where I got most of the quarts I have frozen right now - very small kernals. I have given- and will give all my bigger kernals away for Christmas this year. -- I am ahead on that though---

I have never sold any before.
I have 10 gallon still in their shell in my basement; I am just now starting to work on , I don't know how many quarts it will make? And if I needed more well - walnuts around here won't start dropping untill mid to late Sept.

Tell you what - Let me work on this 10 gallons and see how much they will yield and I will get in touch with you then? And because of the fence I am having to work on I might be a little slower too.
D mail - I have never done that before. I click on your name or something - I figure it out.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

August 5, 2012
9:14 PM

Post #9231036

I leave here the first of Oct for six months . Be back in April . We can still stay in touch . If you see there aren't enough , the neighbor can make up the difference , or I can order local .

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