Tuesday, October 14, 2014
More Rain So Shelling Beans
Since it doesn't appear it is ever going to stop raining and the wife used my buckets of dried beans (still in the pods) as yet another excuse to nag at me this weekend. I decided to start shelling them.
Soon I should have a fairly accurate count on yields for this year and be able to figure out if my average number of plants per person figure is still holding good from previous years.
Not much else I can do right now anyway. Work has been extremely slow the last few weeks. In fact it has been down right dead and the constant rains we been getting for over a week now has left the ground like a sponge in a bucket of water. Standing water and mud is everywhere. I parked my truck alongside the barn last week and I am not sure I can get it out if I wanted to without making some serious ruts.
So far 1 five gallon bucket full of dried pods is roughly coming out to 2 full quarts of dried beans once I have em all removed from their pods. A very time consuming process but on days like this it gives me something to do. I can't help wondering though if there is a simple old time contraption that didn't make this process a bit speedier than doing it by hand.
Perhaps Sf or Winston or one of the other old machinery gurus knows of a bean podding machine or something?
Right now I would estimate that it is taking me about five hours of casually de-podding to complete a full five gallon bucket. Of course that's while watching a movie and frequently getting up or reading etc. However with the yield of two quarts which would would make one person about eight meals (1 cup per meal) we are looking at roughly eight buckets per person per month. I am rounding it off here obviously and I had some left over anyway. A numbers this size better to round up regardless.
Whatever the case I think it's pretty safe to say you would be de-podding beans a LOT all Winter.
Oh well back to work. I am almost done with the Blackeyed Peas now.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!