Jake's Run

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After so much rain this summer, we finally got rained out two weeks ago. However, since then Mother Nature has been kind to us and we’ve finally dried out. The Fall crops have been planted and are looking great!  Broccoli, cabbage, yellow squash, zucchini, scalloped squash, kale and beets are all in our future.  Winter squash (butternut, acorn and spaghetti) are ready to be harvested. That will happen within the week. 

The chickens began their late summer molt a couple of weeks ago. This reduces egg production because they’re using most of their protein stores to make new winter feathers. This should end in the next few weeks and egg production will go back up. 

We replaced the second back tire of the summer on the tractor. It’s expensive and not something we financially needed, but it is what it is. The new tires should last a long time. It sure beats doing everything by hand!  

It’s been a long, hot, humid and downright moist summer. I’m ready for cooler nights with the windows open and cheaper electric bills. 


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Red Pepper Flakes

When we have extra cayenne peppers we dry them and process them into red pepper flakes.  

A quart of pepper flakes will last us a LONG time.

  1. Wash the peppers and allow to dry. 
  2. Remove tops. 
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  4. Place in oven on lowest temp (we have an old gas oven with a pilot light that keeps the perfect temp for drying). 
  5. When dried completely, place in air tight storage container until you have enough to process.
  6. * Place dried peppers in food processor and process until desired consistency is achieved (some people use a blender, but I like the consistency from our food processor). *remember that cayenne can irritate your eyes and skin. Use caution and try to avoid breathing in the dust produced by this step. It WILL make you cough, sneeze, nose run, eyes water, etc. 
  7. When desired consistency has been achieved, place flakes in air tight container. Remember to avoid breathing in the dust. 
  8. Pepper flakes are now ready to use.