Freezer Harvest Soup Kits #SundaySupper

freezer harvest soup kits
This week Sunday Supper shares tips for preserving summer’s bounty. There are so many ways to store food. I never got into canning but I will stock my freezer with veggies for the upcoming months.

Freezing individual vegetables is a good idea. You can just take out what you need as you make a meal. I’ll freeze greens as is and throw a few handfuls into dishes to add color, taste and nutrition.
freezer harvest soup greens
Sometimes I like to go a step further. I’ll make freezer meal starters.

My Freezer Harvest Soup Kits make quick meal starters. Turn extra veggies, great roadside deals or Farm Market finds into easily stored kits.  What’s nice about this idea is you can use these in soups, casseroles or puree to make a veggie slurry to thicken sauces and soups.

For this particular one I used chicken stock, but water or veggie stock would be fine.
freezer harvest soup  ingredients
I don’t season the vegetables, that way it gives me more options for meals. If you are not using stock, a little salt and pepper is fine.

Cut your vegetables in sizes according to how fast they cook. You will only be blanching the batch for a few minutes.
freezer harvest soup ingredients chopped
I add the vegetables to a saucepan and only use enough liquid to cover by about 1/2 inch.
freezer harvest soup cook
Bring the pot to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 2 minutes. You want the veggies to be crisp tender. They will cook a little more after you remove them from the heat.

Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate to quick cool.

I like freezer bags over containers. Label and date the bags. I use the same method for filling the bags that I use to fill pastry bags.
freezer harvest soup bag
Drape the bag over a cup or bowl and fill with cold mix.
freezer harvest soup fill bag glass
I love this ladle with drain holes!
freezer harvest soup ladle
Squeeze out excess air and seal. Lay the bags flat in the freezer until totally frozen.

Viola! Your soup kits are ready for your next culinary masterpiece!
freezer harvest soup kit bag

This event is being co-hosted by Tara of Noshing With The Nolands and Stacy of Food Lust People Love. Thanks Tara and Stacy!

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62 Responses to Freezer Harvest Soup Kits #SundaySupper

  1. Stacy says:

    What a great idea, Cindy! These would be perfect when throwing together a weekday supper, especially.

    I prefer to use bags in the freezer as well. They take up so much less space than freezer jars. I NEED one of those ladles with holes now!
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  3. Amanda says:

    What a great time saver for busy on-the-go families too. I love having meals in the freezer that help save me time for dinner prep. The extra bonus is that it is healthy and has no preservatives or additives!

  4. Renee says:

    Such a great idea! And so easy too. Makes me want to get extra veggies at the farmers market so I can have those awesome flavors in the winter.
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  5. Liz says:

    I would love to have a stash of your delicious soup in my freezer…it always tastes so much better using fresh, summer produce!
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  6. Hezzi-D says:

    Great idea for freezing soups! I love that you used so many fresh vegetables.
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  7. Awesome idea and perfect for a quick weeknight meal!
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  10. This my friend is just brilliant! What a great use of veggies and perfect for busy mom’s like me!
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  11. This is great! I like the idea I can pull out it the freezer! My job keeps so busy this is just perfect!!

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  14. Tara says:

    Absolutely brilliant, love this idea of soup kits!!!

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  16. This is such a fabulous idea – dinner in a flash!
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  18. This is genius! I can’t believe I never thought of this, what a great way to make a quick soup when your ill in the winter without having to do all the work! Nice fresh vegetables in any soup is awesome! Thanks for sharing.
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  20. Shaina says:

    Wow this is such a great idea, especially for times when you’re in a pinch looking for something to make for dinner. Thank you so much for sharing this!
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  22. Such a great idea to have healthy meals at your fingertips!

  23. I did this when I was pregnant, to make cooking dinner easier when the baby came. Great idea to save fresh summer produce!
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  25. This is the smartest idea, Cindy! Pinned and stumbled ya. Everyone should read this!
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  26. What a great idea, Cindy. I’m always needing to find quick ways to jumpstart a dinner, and this is perfect for us. Thanks so much for sharing this!
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  27. Katy says:

    What a great idea! I love the idea of having healthy meal kits ready to go. I’m also going to search out one of those ladles – I need that in my life!

  28. Jennifer says:

    I’ve never tiptoed into the canning realm, I think I’m too worried about poisoning my family, so I try to rely on my freezer but I’ve never thought of creating soup starters to put in the freezer. It’s a brilliant idea! Thanks.
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  31. Brilliant! I did not realize that one should cook the veggies for a bit before packaging them for winter.
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  32. Kimberly says:

    I love this!

    I’ve often frozen extra veggies in individual bags … I should definitely think to combine them so that they’re ready to go for veggie soup or stew!

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  34. What an awesome idea! If I started doing this, we’d have far less waste!
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  35. I’m working on restocking my freezer for the fall/winter. I’m adding this to my to do list.
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  36. What a fantastic easy idea 😀
    Lovely soup in the end as well!

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  38. Awesome idea to not cook the soup for too long so it doesn’t get soggy upon reheating. Genius!
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  39. Alice says:

    love, love, love!!! I also enjoy boiling veggies in stock and whirring them to a puree to freeze… adding them to different soups and sauces is pretty fun!
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  40. These are so perfect for a quick meal! I love how you fill the jars too!
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  41. Fabulous!! What a fantastic idea!! I am definitely going to be doing this!
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  45. Erica says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Please tell me where to get one of those ladles. What brand is it? I must have one. ;).

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