Saturday, February 20, 2010

A "Free" Dinner in my Future

It's been a long time since I made Freezer Soup. I guess the reason it's been so long is that I generally use up all of my leftovers. But there is always, always room for improvement, right?

A couple of days ago, I cooked a pot roast in the crock pot with potatoes, baby carrots, and celery. I used the leftover roast last night for pizza, because my kids think that "steak" pizza is the bomb! But this morning, I looked a bit wistfully at the container in my refrigerator with the remaining potatoes, veggies, and beef broth. I didn't really have a meal plan for those items, and suddenly I realized that this was the PERFECT beginning to another Freezer Soup.

I diced up the potato chunks and the lengths of celery and cut the baby carrots in half and put them in another, larger container with the broth. Now it's sitting on a shelf in my freezer, waiting for other random leftovers to be added. Once the container gets close to full, I'll thaw it and add it to a saucepan with some broth and have an easy, free meal.

The neat thing about Freezer Soup is you can add even the smallest amounts of items. Say you cook a can of green beans and only have 3 or 4 left, which you would normally toss. Instead, put them in the freezer container and they will add an element to your Freezer Soup. There are no rules or guidelines....just put all those tiny amounts of leftovers in a container and you get what you get. When I made it in the past, it was very tasty. I was surprised at how much everyone enjoyed it.

So what are you waiting for?? Go put a container in your freezer and start adding little bits of everything. Soon you will have a neat mystery dinner that you will probably really enjoy!

Lovin' Leftovers,


  1. I make Freezer Soup often. I sometimes call it Soup Bucket or Soup Jar, depending on what kind of container I'm using the freezer. Our last batch left a little to be desired, but there have been some that turned out amazing. The only drawback is when you make a batch that's super tasty, you have no way to duplicate it. :)

  2. That is so true!!! When I make something like that, I tend to tell my family, "If you don't like this, no worries, as you will never have it again. But if you like it, I'm sorry, because you will never have it again!" At least creative cooking makes life interesting! :)

  3. when I make the menu on sunday I think a freezer soup will definitely be finding its way into our meals, it has been far too long!


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