Thursday, November 12, 2015

Curing the Tobacco - where did the moisture go?

Since I have been living in Kentucky (only a few weeks now), I have certainly noticed the tobacco barns. Even though I don't smoke, I have been fascinated by these barns and the process. It was the tobacco barns with their special venting systems that first caught my eye. Remember, I thought the barns were on fire (click here for that post.)

There must be so much history for each of these dilapidated barns, if only "barns could talk." Many of the barns have similar looks but I would think each farmer has his favorite venting system. They must consider efficiency and the winds for their systems.

The tobacco barn below is just a few miles from my house. I love the red color of this decaying barn. Even though it looks in bad shape it must get the job done for the curing process of the tobacco.


The boards used to hold the doors shut are almost all removed and the barn doors are open. You can see the tobacco hanging in the barn. In the picture below, I have circled the hanging tobacco so you don't miss it. 



The leaves are no longer green but are light to dark brown in color. According to Wikipedia, each leaf loses approximately eighty percent of its own weight by the time the curing process has successfully finished. In the first two weeks of the curing process, about an acre of hanging tobacco loses about five tons of water. 

The farmers cure the tobacco at specific temperatures and humidities, according to the desired taste of the tobacco.

There you have it, another day of "life in Kentucky."

Judy

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4 comments:

The Charm of Home said...

Judy,
You know I love this!! I grew up playing in these barns under that curing tobacco. Such a fun post. I love seeing them still. Funny thing was when I moved to Southern IL with my husband I used to look out as we drove and say, "you all have fancy barns." He was like what do you mean? I was like oh their gabled and have big fancy roofs and in KY we only have tobacco barns! Ha Obviously I didn't grow up near Lexington where they have the fancy horse stable barns. I did go to UK though in Lexington when I was in college and they had some really "fancy" barns! Haa ha.
Thanks for sharing this at Home Sweet Home. You knew I would love it! I will feature this next week at Home Sweet Home because you took me home today in this post! Smile!!!
Sherry

Pat Cantwell said...

Judy,
Great post on tobacco, dear friend!!!
Several years ago, "Mr. Ed" surprised me with a Romantic Week~Day Get Away.
We toured the area of Weston, Missouri.
There we saw several tobacco barns in the surrounding area!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Light and Voices said...

Brings back memories of a visit to Kentucky that I made with my dad. So thanks for the memories. Keep up the top notch writing attached to the photographs. Very interesting blog.
JM, IL

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Love it! This brings back memories of our family growing tobacco and it drying in the barns.

Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy