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You Need Some Of These.

Posted on | June 10, 2015 | 3 Comments

Onion rings get a bad rap.  Something about fat, grease, blah, blah, blah.  I think that’s forgetting the important fact that onions are vegetables, people, vegetables.  Regardless, once you’ve received a large pallet of free onions for the pigs, there’s nothing to do except make onion rings.  Pigs don’t really eat onions.  Neither do goats, sheep, chickens, or ducks.  Not even the fat pony.

Now before you get all excited about that fatty greasy vegetable goodness, realize that onion rings take a lot of work.  There’s batter to mix.  Plus a separate bowl of flour for dipping.  And pot of oil to heat, which only hold 4 or 5 onion rings at a time.  Never mind all that turning of the onions rings.  And waiting for each side to finish.  Before putting 4 or 5 more in the pan.  Consider that you have 6 people to feed (that’s a lot of onion rings) and that’s a lot of steps.  And a lot of waiting.  Too much work, right?


Because while you’re waiting for each ring to develop to fatty greasy crunchy vegetable perfection, you can accomplish an entire To Do list without breaking a sweat.  Now I realize the brain scientists have proven there is no such thing as multitasking.  Apparently your brain is simply quickly switching activities, not really handling more than one at a time.  Sure.  Fine.  I won’t mention that while the brain scientists were busy at work proving there’s no such thing as multitasking, their spouses were at home vacuuming up the toddler’s cheerios while rocking a colicky baby under their arm while using their foot to wipe up dog vomit with a paper towel.  Oh, wait.  I did mention it.  Whoops.


Thanks to all that research, the proper scientific term now for “getting a lot of sh*t done at once” is  serial tasking. Which makes it sound like you’re going after the To Do list with an axe and this face:

Regardless, onion rings are all about serial tasking.  Once the rings were cut and waiting on the counter for their turn to be dipped and fried, I had time to make the dinner salad.  Please note that meant a double serving of vegetables for my family.  Double, people.

After turning the first batch and waiting for the other side to brown, I had time to grill the bratwurst.

Started the next batch and then I deboned the chicken that was in the fridge.

Flipped those rings over, washed and dried all the dishes from dinner prep.

Started 5 more onion rings, cleaned out the veggie and fruit drawers in the fridge by putting anything squishy in the chicken scraps and putting fresh paper towels down as liners.

Flipped the onion rings over, removed all the pots and pans containing leftover food from the farm fridge, transferred their contents into appropriate Tupperware.

Started another batch of rings, washed and dried all those pots and pans and put them away.

Flipped them, switched the load of laundry from washer to dryer and started a fresh load.

New batch, folded clean laundry and carried it upstairs.

Flipped them, wiped all the eggs.

New batch, put the eggs into cartons.

Flipped them, went onto the deck and fed and watered the bunny.

New batch, watered flowers on deck and sprayed off the mess under bunny’s cage.

Flipped them, sat on the floor and stretched out my back from weeding in the garden earlier.

New batch, went through all the papers on the counter by putting aside report cards for The Other Half, hiding bills in the office where I can ignore them, put junk mail into recycling, and cut everything else into quarters to use as scrap paper for To Do lists.

Flipped them, told the kids to come downstairs and set the table.  Because, really, do I have to do everything????

By the time we sat down to eat, the fridge was clean, the downstairs was picked up, the laundry was done, and the evening farm chores were already started.  All thanks to onion rings.  So onion rings are actually very, very good for you.  Plus, they’re vegetables. And they taste like this:

You need some of these onions, people.  They’re life changing.  In a serial tasking kind of way.  And guess what?  I have some extras to share…….


3 Responses to “You Need Some Of These.”

  1. Andrew
    June 10th, 2015 @ 5:14 am

    You have enough for a few gallons of French onion soup.

  2. Sherry
    June 11th, 2015 @ 3:36 am

    The onion rings look good. You can cut the onions up and freeze them, dehydrate some of them, and if you still have some left, I would be happy to have some. Sherry Herry

  3. Aunt Ro
    June 11th, 2015 @ 9:08 am

    Wonderful!!!! Hard to beat Vidalia onions!!!

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