Did you know that soup can be prepared and then frozen for a quick and easy dinner on another day? The best way to freeze soup is by first letting it cool in an ice bath. Next, you pour it into a zip-top plastic freezer bag and then simply lay it flat in the freezer. Pretty easy, right? There are a few other things to consider when freezing soup, but don’t worry—we’ll tell you everything you need to know about storing soup in the freezer safely.
Can You Freeze Soup?
There are lots of soups that freeze well, whether they are homemade or store-bought! After all that work you put into it, you definitely don’t want to see it go to waste. According to the Federal Food Safety Information, you can freeze your soup for anywhere between two to three months.
1. Can You Freeze Soup After 3 Days?
When exactly should you put it in the freezer? Ideally, you should freeze whatever you’re not planning on eating immediately, but the Federal Food Safety Information says you can freeze it within three to four days of making. As to whether or not you should freeze it after three days—we’ll let you make the judgment call.
What Are the Best Containers for Freezing Soup?
No matter what you choose to use when storing soup in the freezer, whether it be bags or jars, the most important thing is to make sure that you are using a container designed for freezer storage. Any other type of container won’t be able to withstand the chill without cracking.
1. How to Freeze Soup in Plastic Containers, Mason Jars, Glass Containers, and Tupperware
Whenever you’re storing soup in the freezer in a plastic or glass container, it’s important that you leave room for the food to expand without causing the container to crack. At the very least, leave a ¾-inch space at the top of the container for the food to expand.
Always freeze soup in small or even individual portions as to avoid a stall in cooling time and prevent risking foodborne illnesses.
2. Is It Safe to Freeze Soup in Plastic Containers?
Not all plastics are made equal. Always be sure to store food in containers that are made from safe plastics and do not contain polyvinyl chloride, polycarbonate, or polystyrene.
Best Soups to Freeze
Just like the plastic containers we keep them in, not all soups are meant to be frozen. Below, we’ve touched base on a few of the more complicated recipes that differ from the simple soups that freeze well.
1. Can You Freeze Potato Soup?
Freezing potato soup isn’t ideal because the potatoes will fall apart and create a strange chunky consistency. Thawing and reheating can also lead to a mushy texture, so save the potatoes for the fresh recipes.
2. Can You Freeze Chicken Noodle Soup?
Freezing chicken noodle soup is possible, but there’s a trick to it. If you want whole noodles that aren’t broken apart by the time you thaw and reheat, then freeze the chicken noodle soup without the noodles. When you’re ready to eat it, whip up a fresh pot of noodles while the soup thaws and add them to the reheated batch.
3. Can You Freeze Cream Soups?
Cream soups have a tendency to really thicken up in the freezer, so you’ll need to be patient when it comes time to thaw and reheat.
The Best Ways to Reheat Frozen Soup
There are multiple ways to reheat frozen soup once it has thawed. Use this quick guide to reheating frozen soup using the method that works best for you.
Microwave: Once partially or completely thawed, empty freezer container into a microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Poke holes in the wrap for ventilation and microwave for 30-60 seconds, stirring once or twice at intervals to maintain an even consistency. Repeat if necessary.
Stove: Dump the soup into a pot, add enough water to cover the bottom of the pot (to prevent the pot from scorching when cooking partially thawed soup) and cook over medium-high heat. Stir frequently.
Crockpot: We do not recommend using a crock pot or slow cooker to reheat your frozen soups, whether they’re thawed or not. These appliances will keep cold food at unsafe temperatures for too long. Use a microwave or stove top instead for a quick and easy meal.
Instant Pot: Yes, you can even use your instant pot to reheat frozen soup. Dump the frozen block in and use the pressure-cooker function for 5 minutes. That’s it!
1. How Do You Defrost Frozen Soup Quickly
The safest and best way to thaw frozen soup is to transfer it to the refrigerator the day before. However, if you’re in a time crunch, you can submerge your airtight freezer container in a bag or bowl of cold water—which usually takes about an hour per pound of frozen soup—or defrost it in the microwave, stirring frequently.
How Long Does Defrosted Soup Last?
If you thaw your frozen soup in the fridge for the appropriate amount of time (about 24 hours), then the soup should stay good in the refrigerator for three to four days.
If you defrosted your soup using a quicker method, then it’s best to toss what you don’t eat immediately.
1. How to Tell if Frozen Soup is Bad
As is the case with other types of frozen food, you’ll know if your soup has gone bad if it is discolored or foul-smelling. You may not be able to tell while it’s frozen, but you’ll definitely be able to tell once it’s thawed.
Can You Thaw and Refreeze Soup?
Yes, you can thaw and refreeze soup, so long as it was cooked before putting it back in the freezer. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service recommends bringing thawed food to the temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit before refreezing.
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