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It has been so hot that I had to turn the freezer off a week early. Our deep freeze is in our garage. I usually shut it down after July 4th and leave it off until mid September. The temperature in the garage during the summer makes the motor work too hard and uses too much electricity.
The past few days we've had some odd menus as I tried to use up enough food from the deep freeze so that the rest would fit in the little freezer above the refrigerator.
I hate finding weevils, so I keep all of my flours in the freezer. There's no room for that now. Flour is in tightly closed Tupperware containers sprinkled with a few bay leaves. I read somewhere that weevils stay far away from bay leaves. It seemed to work last year.
I will miss having quick meals set aside in the freezer for hectic days when I don't have time to cook. I make a double batch of a recipe and store half in the freezer. However, there's not much storage room in the little freezer.
Then again the kitchen heats up so fast that I don't do as much cooking in the summer anyway. We'll be having variations on chef salad several times a week until fall. The crock pot and the smoker outside on the patio will also be used more.
The thought of going to the store every day, every-other-day perhaps, is not exciting. I will try to make the most of it by enjoying all of the fresh produce that is in season.
I am stalling about finishing this blog. I need to go to the store right now for bread, juice, and meat for tonight's dinner. I should have gone an hour ago, but I was reading a suspenseful novel and a nice breeze from the fan was blowing my way. Now the hands of the clock are pointing at me accusingly. Out I go, braving the elements to provide sustenance for my family.
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