Friday, May 3, 2013

Make Lemonade

For some time now I've been trying to come up with a way to replicate the milking experience for someone who doesn't have (or doesn't want to have, or is thinking about having) a goat.  I believe I've finally got it.  For a three-goat morning, the first step would be to get, oh, say a thousand lemons, give or take a few.   Cut the lemons in half.  Get comfortable with legs outstretched, bucket to the right, elbows at the side and forearms over the bucket.  Take a lemon half in each hand and begin.  Squeeze the juice into the bucket, release, get another lemon.  Squeeze, release, get another lemon.  Repeat 498 times in ten minutes and the imaginary Tessie is done.  Take a small rest; this would be the time it takes to get one goat off the stand and another up and brushed, approximately three minutes.  Assume the position, lemons in hand, and squeeze the juice from another 350 in ten minutes.  This would be Inga on a good day.  If it were one of "those" days, plan on 600 lemons for her and thirty minutes.  Take another break.  Sheila is the reward for all of this; she'll require only 200-250 lemons and probably only six minutes, but there will be an equal amount of juice.

Consider that this procedure must be done every day, 365 per year, and there could be three other goats to feed and brush down, and stalls to be raked and poop to be hauled out (directions not required). 

With all of that lemon juice on hand, I would suggest boiling up some simple syrup with a goodly amount of lemon zest.  Combine syrup, juice, and water and, voila, lemonade!  Now, wasn't that easy?

1 comment:

Kathryn said...

That's one heckuva Lemonade Stand!