This is one of those posts with nothing of any interest or value to say, so why am I even writing this? I suppose it is a self indulgence.
Most of the time I write about what we had for dinner (or supper if you live in Alabama) but I am using stuff from the freezer and not buying much this month, so my ingredient list is limited, and I am not going to buy anything outside of the regular fruit and salad fixings for the month. Let me be the first to admit we have had some spartan meals lately, and sadly I just don't care. I really just want everything left from last years freezer "fill" and canning sessions to be out of here by June. Around here, June marks the start of produce season and I want to can and freeze as much local produce as possible.
There are a couple of farms reasonably close to me that use no pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and though the farms are not certified organic they use safe and sustainable farming techniques. I love buying by the bushel from them, but it does mean I have to go into immediate processing mode. I want to make sure I have plenty of freezer space and lots of canning jars in time for the food onslaught.
Son3 is headed home from school in early June for a brief summer visit and is bringing 2 or 3 friends with him. This will be a great time to cook a gigantic pan of frozen pastichio, especially since it is one of Son3's favorite foods. It is delicious and I think they will like it. (Hopefully they like ethnic foods.) I also have a frozen ham I plan on cooking for them and between those 2 items a lot of space will empty. Yay! Maybe I need to start this annually and have house guests in late May/early June just to help eat the frozen excess.
The only things I am adding to the freezer right now are stellar poultry and meat buys. I am down to a very few packs of previously frozen proteins and should have them finished off by the end of May. Anything I add to the freezer goes on a different shelf so I won't mistakenly grab it, but since it is getting very close to Memorial Day I am seeing incredible sales on ground chuck, chicken breasts, and pork butts, so I am taking advantage of the reduced prices to stock up for later.
Freezer tip: Keep a pair of gloves by the freezer. (Mine hang from a magnetic clamp on the side of the freezer) That way you can move a lot of freezer foods without freezing your hands.