So I'll admit. I didn't actually freeze this one... BUT, it should most definitely be a freezer friendly meal! I will be freezing the leftovers though. I was planning on making it for dinner and didn't see the point in prepping it and sticking it in the freezer first. If you want this to fit into a 6 quart slow cooker, I recommend halving the recipe. The full recipe did not fit in mine, and I ended up having to leave the potatoes out. Boy am I wishing that I owned a large stock pot!! Though I got a sewing machine for Christmas this year that is almost identical to the one a friend gave me in the Fall... so when I take it back, maybe I will finally purchase a stock pot. While I'm at it I will probably buy some more supplies for soap making too, since I have been wanting to try it out.
Okay....no more being distracted.. On to the soup! It was delicious, and I mean... oh so good. It is rare that I am able to make any stew type soup good. Most of the time I fail. I cannot for the life of me figure it out but I've never been good at making stew! It might have something to do with the fact that I use to use moose meat(and I do not have enough experience with it). But we are out of moose(except for maybe 1 small piece of roast laying in the bottom of the freezer) so I used beef this time. Maybe next year, after hubby has a chance to do some hunting, I will post some moose recipes. Broccoli Beef for one is AMAZING when you use moose meat.(not that it's not amazing otherwise!)
The blog that this recipe originates from mentions eating the soup with butter spread onto saltine crackers. I used to think my husband was crazy for doing that exact thing. Why add butter where you don't absolutely need it? But they are all right. Nothing tops this soup off like those wonderful salty crackers with butter on top.
This could not have come at a better time. I have had a bad cold for the past week, and our son is also sick, so soup is just what we needed!
I used stew meat instead of the rump roast so that I wouldn't have to shred it later. If you do the same it should take a few hours less time to cook. Also... don't add extra barley without adding lots of extra liquid. Hubs loves lots of barley in his beef vegetable soup so I added extra and it turned out not quite as soupy as I would have liked. He doesn't seem to ever have any complaints though, lol. I am the one who is considered the critic in this household.