Life is out of control these days. The restaurant is busy, town is busy, the farmers' market is busy. Sally is busy. I have all my regular writing and radio work to do, and I am just finishing up my two pieces for this series on our local fisheriesIn the meantime, the garden marches on. The black raspberries are rolling in, and the peas, and the shallots and garlic are ready. We are trying to keep up! 

I want to braid my garlic and onions this year. The other day when I pulled them I realized I had no idea how to get started, so I looked around and I found this video on "plaiting onions" and another on how to braid hard neck garlic. First everything has to cure, though, so right now the shallots and garlic bundles are hanging under the eaves of the shed. They should be ready for braiding in a few weeks. I'll keep you posted! Until then, enjoy the week, and the break from the heat.


Anonymous said...

Do you wash the dirt off the bottom of the garlic or leave it until it dries and falls off?

jill said...

is it just for the look or is there another reason for braiding...

Anonymous said...

Is it necessary to soak the garlic in a tub with Sally?

If so, do you rent her out for this purpose?


Elspeth said...

Hi Anonymous,

Last year I let the garlic cure—dry in open air in a covered area—for about three weeks. Then I brushed the dirt off and cut off the stems.

And Jill, it's just for the look unless anyone else here knows otherwise! I think it's also a handy way to store such an abundance, instead of having a bowl on the countertop, and probably also provides better airflow as the bulbs aren't all laying on top of each other. There's probably some tradition there, but I'm not sure what it is beyond that it's beautiful.

And Dale, I don't recommend that. You'd get rotten garlic and a stinky kid!


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