Tag Archives: food processing

Eating and dehydrating horno-roasted chicos

Opening the horno is like opening a present at Christmas, except you know what it is.  The smell is the best: delicate cedar smoke enfused with the smell of sweet corn and earth.This corn is the second generation of an … Continue reading

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More preparations for our Thanksgiving Feast

Today we continued our activity of turning our calabasa mexicana (local winter squash) harvest into pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving.  As before, we open the squash with a knife and take out all the pulp and seeds, saving the seeds for … Continue reading

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Processing squash for pies

Today was the beginning of getting our squash harvest ready for pumpkin pies!  We also have plans for soup, bread, pancakes, and pumpkin rolls using this same method.  First we cut open the squash.  Sometimes with a native squash this … Continue reading

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Desgranando (shelling) chicos

Today we brought down about half of our chicos hanging from the rafters in the porch.  We untied the strings holding them together and put the loose cobs in the cajete above.  We then use one cob against the other … Continue reading

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Processing and eating chicos

After we have had our fill of fresh roasted chicos with butter, salt, chile, lemon pepper, and other toppings, we have to get to work on stringing up the chicos so that they can dry completely.  We use needles that … Continue reading

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Making chicos I

At what point are we actually making chicos?  It could be said that we were making chicos when we planted in May…  Or maybe we weren’t making chicos until the horno is ready and as seen above, we started wetting … Continue reading

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Parr Field Garden Project harvest event

     Today was a big day for Parr Field: the harvest of maize for our chicos/harvest celebration tonight!  This year was a better harvest than last year for at least two reasons.  The first is that we harvested a … Continue reading

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Parr Field Garden Project harvest event

Today was a big day for Parr Field: the harvest of maize for our chicos/harvest celebration tonight!  This year was a better harvest than last year for at least two reasons.  The first is that we harvested a lot more … Continue reading

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Upcoming Parr Field Garden Project Harvest and Feast Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Taos, NM – September 9, 2013 – Taos non-profit organization Agriculture Implementation Research & Education (AIRE) is coordinating a harvest event and feast of horno roasted chicos on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, 2013.  Miguel … Continue reading

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Harvest and food processing from Parr Field

Today was a big day in the season.  We harvested much produce from the garden today, mostly our purple snap beans.  We harvested about 10 pounds of “green beans” that will be lunch for our Chrysalis students, especially for our … Continue reading

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