Molly's Country Memories

Molly's Country Memories

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Lazy afternoon Sunday, more freezer meals

I had a very lazy day today. I made a big, big pot of homemade soup for lunch, We love home made vegtable soup. I usually make it out of ham that I have left over from a meal, but since my freezer needs filling with already cooked freezer meals and there is no baked ham in my near future, I bought a nice 2lb. bone in, ham just to make soup out of. I even cut a couple of sliced off to cook with our pancakes this morning. I got up at 6:30 this morning and put it on to cook very slow. When I returned home at dinner time it was ready and DH didn't even have to stir it.
Here is how I fixed it.
Doesn't that look yummy on a cold winters day......
Home made ham and veg soup
I used a lg boiler, with about 4 cups of water
cut ham into large cubes, added cubes and ham bone to pot
We raise a garden every year so I have plenty of frozen veggies to use.
I added 1 qt of field peas
1 qt of butter beans
1 qt of tomatoes,
1 pt of cut okra
2 cans corn..don't drain (Now I'm not wasting my good corn in homemade soup so I buy cans of whole kernal corn just for this purpose)
I also like some string beans and carrots in it, but DH doesn't so, I get by him by using 2 cups of the frozen mixed veggies you can buy in the freezer at your local market..(I buy it in bulk, alot cheaper that way and keep it in freezer) it has more corn so he is happy with that.
Salt & pepper to taste
1 large onion chopped.
I bring it to a broil and then reduce heat and let it simmer for about 3 1/2 hrs.
About 20 mins before it is done I add noodles, usually macaroni, but what ever I have on hand will work.
Picture of it cooked with out noodles...
When I am going to freeze it, I don't put the noodles in untill I thaw it out and cook it for supper, then I threw the noodles in, while it's cooking I make a large pone of cornbread and a pitcher of ice tea.
Instant meal.
Today I made enough for our dinner & supper and put 4 qts in the freezer for future use.
I got 6 meals for an average of $1.75 each. How cool is that.

1 comment:

  1. We're big soup eaters, and there's nothing better to do on either a lazy or here, snowy, day...than to chop veggies, and make soup!
    Yours looks absolutely de-lish!


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