I am going to post a theme this week. I will call it Baby Steps. The reason? One, it’s really easy to get overwhelmed by big tasks and two, I find I work better (and am less of a mental wreck) if I bite things off in small pieces.
Today, I wanted to show you how our 5 year old baby’s stomping steps help in the harvesting process.
She loves her cowboy boots. Might as well put them to work in shelling some flageolet beans.
Put on some music and get stomping!
Ah, good work: about 1.5 lbs of beans
If I had to shell all 25 pounds of the dried bean harvest at one time I would be more than a little crazy. Thankfully, this task can be put off, done only when you need the beans. I have about 15 paper grocery sacks filled with dried, unhusked beans that I simply harvested, tied up to dry in the shed, and bagged when I had the time this winter. On Sunday, I looked at the contents of our pantry and said “cassoulet might be nice this week,” so out came a bag of beans and fortunately the child is almost always wearing the boots.
(Incidentally, it’s even easier to winnow beans by dancing on them between two sheets. Then, you can take the bottom, bean-filled sheet outside on a windy day and carefully, with a friend, toss them in the air: the breeze should separate most of the dried chaff from the heavier beans. It is not advisable to take this step with a five-year-old, unless you want to play Bean Pickup in the grass.)