Monday, January 7, 2019

Meals at my House: Soup

It was a cooler day than we'd normally been having so I decided a pot of soup would be good for our main meal.  I got out a good size pot and added …

A bag of frozen leftovers from the freezer.  I keep an ongoing bag of leftovers that I just keeping adding to for this express purpose.  It had a few green beans in it, a few peas, a few pieces of meat,  plus several more things all of which had not been enough for another meal or to be considered 'leftovers.'

Dehydrated vegetables I had dehydrated 

Stew meat I had canned 

Tomato juice I had canned

Beef broth I had canned

Cayenne pepper I had dehydrated (to give it some kick)

I brought all this to a boil and then let it simmer on a low simmer for about an hour

While this was simmering I boiled 8 eggs. 

Shortly before we were ready to eat, I opened up a jar of home-canned potatoes, drained and added them to the pot.  (I didn't take a picture of the jar of potatoes!)

While this continued to simmer a bit longer, I made a small skillet of cornbread to go with our soup.

It was a delicious meal and straight from my pantry.  

After the cornbread was done and we had eaten, I put a ham in the oven and turned the boiled eggs into deviled eggs.  The deviled eggs will be a side for another meal with the leftovers used as a tasty grab and go snack.  The ham will be used for future meals but, that's another post for another day!


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  1. Dear Patsi,
    I love how putting in the work to preserve your foods beforehand allowed you to have an easy meal later on. This is exactly the type of thing I want to do more of. I'm going to borrow your idea of putting leftover bits and pieces into a soup bag in the freezer. You always have these wonderful little tips for me when I visit :)
    Love, Kelsey

    1. Kelsey, thank you! I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient in the kitchen and to be a good steward of what I have been blessed to have.

  2. Your soup sounds delicious. My Hubby would be very happy if I made him some deviled eggs! It will definitely be soup weather later on this week here. I have some bits and ends from our Mexican Christmas Eve dinner that are going to become chicken tortilla soup. This morning I used most of the leftover cranberry orange relish in a dozen muffins. Those will go in the freezer to take out two by two.

    1. Lana, that's a good idea for the left over relish!!! You go girl!

  3. With our company gone and retirement just 10 paydays away, I am focusing on spending as little as possible and socking the rest away into savings and paying off our remaining debt.
    To that end, I am also using it up and not grocery shopping (unless it is a staple that is an outrageous price!)
    So tonight, in an effort to also focus on our health, I’m making pork carnitas burrito bowls. The beauty of this is, like you, I took the pork and chopped onions, jalapeños and corn from my freezer, the black beans and salsa are home cannedand all other dairy and fresh greens are from my fridge. I threw the meat and spices in crockpot and then just shredded up in my stand mixer afterwards!
    By meal planning with my pantry in mind, we can eat cheap and healthy without slaving in the kitchen for hours!

    1. gardenpat, planning our meals from our pantry just makes so much sense. It not only cuts down on waste by being aware of what you have on hand but like you said it is just so much more economical … not to mention, it gives us a chance to stretch our creativity in coming up with meals! By the way, I'm all for not slaving away in the kitchen for hours!!!

  4. I've made soup in a similar way. It just makes sense. However, I hadn't thought of doing it for awhile. I think I'll start another dump stew container.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage


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