Homestead Hack: Leftover Roast Into Hearty Stew

by Texas Homesteader ~

Recently I wrote about the benefit of planned leftovers. That’s the method of cooking when you purposely cook more of an item than you will eat at one time. Then bibbidy-bobbedy-boo presto-changeo remake the leftovers into brand new and delicious recipes.

Most recently I cooked a huge pork roast in not one, not two but THREE slow cookers. Yeah, that roast really was was that big! I planned to remake the leftovers into new dishes later in the week. I’ll be sure to share some of the fun recipes I made such as Carnitas Tacos, spicy Pulled-Pork Enchiladas and more. But today I’m sharing the quickest & most basic delicious leftover idea: a Hearty Stew!

Planned Leftovers remade into the quickest meal possible - a hearty meat/veggie stew. Check out this Homestead Hack. #TexasHomesteader

Storing Leftover Roast

After I cooked that huge roast I sectioned the meat off into the quantities I wanted & packaged them for the freezer making sure to properly label the contents. I mean, everything looks exactly the same when it’s frozen rock solid & crammed in the freezer #amiright?

But after all that meat was sectioned off I kept just enough to make a hearty stew. I can whip it up in minutes using the various leftovers from our pork roast meal.

Assembling The Roast

I’d already poured that broth from the roast into a glass canning jar and allowed the fat to rise to the top the night before.  So for the broth portion of today’s lunch I simply skimmed the fat away.

Then I chunked up the cooked carrots & potatoes that were leftover, chopped up the leftover cooked onion sections and poured in some of that leftover broth. Finally I stirred in the bits of leftover pork roast & heated up this hearty stew. It was already perfectly cooked & seasoned, I just needed to warm it up!

Making this stew is a delightful way to use up some leftovers from our pork roast in just minutes and enjoy some bone-warming nutrition as well.


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6 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Leftover Roast Into Hearty Stew

  1. Michelle

    3 slow cookers, OMW that’s huge!!! I really suck at cooking so making one big meal that can be used for many dishes later really appeals to me. I need to show hubby this, he’s the master chef in our house.

  2. Cindy Magee

    YUM! When I meal plan using leftovers for the next meal saves so much time for me too! It’s so busy and crazy right now for my family that I need to start doing this again. 🙂 Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty !

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I cook often but it’s not my favorite task, Cindy. This Planned Leftovers method of cooking delivers delicious homemade meals while requiring precious-little time in the kitchen. Win/win for me. ~TMH~


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