In fact, they had all been slightly cautious with this first batch of seeds. After all, Su Tang had told them that this type of plant hadn’t ever been grown in this area before, so they weren’t sure if they could really raise the seedlings successfully. So, to be cautious, none of them asked for too many seeds this time.
But they were all very happy despite this. This deal was basically like a pie falling from the sky for the Su family. Apart from keeping things a secret, there were no other risks. If they really couldn’t make the seeds sprout, they only needed to return them. And if the seeds did sprout, it meant they could sell the seedlings for money!
Moreover, Su Tang had already proven that the seeds could be grown. She alone had been able to raise a few thousand seedlings over the course of a month or so, so if the whole Su family all worked together to raise seedlings for 3 months then they would definitely be able to earn at least a few taels of silver each.
Not to mention Qinghe Town, even in the whole of Qingyuan County, there probably weren’t many jobs that were so good. Was there any way they wouldn’t be happy?
And as for the matter of picking up more seeds once they succeeded, there was no need for Su Tang to remind them. If they could really raise the seedlings they would definitely come for more seeds on their own.
Su Tang watched the four people leave with happy and hopeful faces, smiled, and then turned to go back inside. Once she made her way back to the main hall, she found Luo Xingchen had taken out a large box from somewhere and was looking at her expectantly.
“That is… have all the parts been made?” Seeing the box in Luo Xingchen’s hands Su Tang’s eyes flickered, and she asked in a slightly excited tone.
Luo Xingchen replied, “Little devil, can you not be so clever? Last night I especially waited at the side of the blacksmith’s forge and watched with my own eyes as he finally made this spiral blade. Can you take a look and check if the craftsmanship is sufficient?”
Su Tang was a bit excited to see this box. At first, she hadn’t thought that making her Hand Operated Blender would be too difficult. After all, she had provided a complete blueprint, plus there weren’t too many parts and they were all relatively simple. However, she quickly discovered that she had really overestimated the craftsmen of this era. Thanks to that, Luo Xingchen encountered a lot of difficulties while trying to find craftsmen who were skilled enough to meet Su Tang’s requirements.
In the end, it took nearly half a month for this one spiral blade to be produced. But Luo Xingchen was still optimistic because she knew that this kind of trouble would only appear at the beginning. So long as the craftsmen could really make a blade to Su Tang’s requirements it would only become easier and easier for them to make more in the future.
Su Tang carefully looked at the spiral blade in Luo Xingchen’s hands. In this era the technology for processing iron was lacking, which meant that the body of the blade was entirely black. However, the edge of the blade still shone brightly and looked very sharp.
“I think it should be good enough. Anyway, let’s put it together and give it a try.” Su Tang was just this type of person. Since it looked good enough, they could just put it together and give it a try!
Luo Xingchen nodded and stood aside to let Su Tang assemble all the parts. Thanks to Su Tang’s blueprint, the specifications and sizes of each part were had been clearly written for the craftsmen, and they had managed to build them all according to the blueprint in the end.
Thanks to that, the final assembly actually went very smoothly. Su Tang calmly managed to put all the pieces together until the Hand Operated Blender was formed. Once it was done, she affixed it to the table and sent Madam Zhang to the kitchen to fetch a large bowl and find a large piece of meat for them to test the machine with.
Once the bowl and the meat were brought over, Su Tang stationed Luo Xingchen at the handle while she began to slowly feed the meat into the funnel.
Luo Xingchen turned the handle and the meat Su Tang was feeding in was smoothly ground up by the spiral blade. Before long, fully ground up meat paste began falling bit by bit into the large bowl from the honeycomb-like exit on the front of the machine.
Before they could blink, a whole pound of meat had been shredded and turned into paste.
“I can’t believe it, it really worked!” Luo Xingchen reached out and touched the shredded meat with disbelief in her eyes. If she hadn’t seen it herself, she really wouldn’t have believed it. Such a big piece of meat had been ground up, not only quickly, but also with hardly any effort at all.
Madam Zhang had been working in the kitchen all her life and knew how to cook fairly well, so her feelings of shock were even deeper than Luo Xingchen’s. She couldn’t help but comment, “If people had a machine like this, no matter how big their families are, they would be able to prepare the dumpling filling and make dumplings for everyone during the Spring Festival.”
Qinghe Town was in the northern part of the kingdom, so it was traditional for them to eat dumplings for the Spring Festival. Madam Zhang knew that for most people, it was still okay to chop meat to make the dumplings for a smaller family, but for those large families people could easily tire their arms out from all the chopping before they managed to make enough.
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