So I got out the canning jars and started peeling. It takes about 3 or 4 mandarin oranges to fill a jelly jar. Because I read that the sweetness of the solution you can them in has no impact on canning safety, I made a very, very light solution with some of our honey to top off the jars.
I figure I'll keep doing jars of these while they're in season. That way I'll have something on those "crap, we're out of fruit" days.
Also, see that egg? Apparently all the hens needed was a good public shaming. One of the hennies has started laying every other day. And thank goodness, because the next thing I am going to complain about is the organic expensive eggs I bought the other day. Check this out:
Store egg on the left, home laid egg on the right.
My chickens aren't free-ranging because the ground is still covered with snow. They get a mix of grains from a nearby feed mill along with whatever table scraps I throw at them. It's not organic, fancy or expensive. More like "cheap and easy".
The store eggs didn't look or act like normal eggs. Mixing our eggs for a scramble takes some work, these were like stirring water. My husband said something to the effect of "why are they that color?" They had no flavor. Here's the best part: the cats wouldn't even eat them. I threw out a dozen and a half.
I am just so regularly disappointed with the quality of food from stores. It's depressing. And with our incoming president I don't exactly foresee regulations on big business, GMOs or food safety moving in a direction that is going to make me feel any better about things.
Just my two cents today.