We eat a fair amount of soup over here.
Well, all of us except The Husband. For some reason, he is not a soup eater. Says that soup is a "girly" food, which, whatever, old man. (He occasionally will eat it, but he usually pours the liquid off, which, ya know, kinda defeats the purpose of soup.
I make Mexican Chicken, which is kind of a soup, Tortilla soup, chili, sausage and bean soup, ham and beans, black bean soup - all kinds.
After dinner, though, there are usually a couple of portions left. And even if I save some for my lunch the next day, and a kid or two has a soup lunch - there might still be a couple of servings. (OR maybe I made a LOT of one particular soup. I've been known to do that.) How many days can one person eat soup?
Two. That's my number, anyway. I can eat the same soup for two days, and then, boom, I'm over it.
I don't want to toss it, though, because I feel guilty. Then I saw this tip somewhere and I smacked myself in the head for not thinking of it sooner, because it's truly a stroke of genius. After all, if you put the leftover soup in a container - even if it's a single serving size - you might have freezer burn, the soup may expand and pop the top off the container, or someone might accidentally drop the container when hunting for ice cream and that plastic, brittle from hanging out in sub zero temps, shatters
and bam! The soup has to be tossed.
Enter the silicone muffin tin. Kind of like this one. (Not an affiliate link, I can't figure out how to do that. Just a link for ease.)
Fill the holes with your leftover soup - or mexican beans, which yum, or spaghetti sauce, pot roast, whatever the food - and place it in the freezer. When the contents are frozen solid, pop them out and store them in a freezer bag. (Maybe don't forget to write on the outside what the bag contains, because it's NO FUN when you dream of having that leftover chili for lunch and it's actually spaghetti sauce.)
Put two discs in a coffee mug, heat and enjoy. I work from home and it's enjoyable to have a nice, hot lunch with very little effort, especially on a cold day.
It's ridiculous how easy this is, and how long it took me to start doing it, but my freezer is full of soups and I am a happy camper.