Every time I go home for a visit, my mom will make me a generous amount of potato soup. Her recipe is the best, and I’ve tried to replicate it, but failed miserably. I was thinking of instead of trying it at home, we’ll just cook the soup good for a few days so I can have this delicious soup when I’m away from home.
Believe it or not, freezing soup is easy and a lot more common than it seems. If you want to enjoy your mom’s cooking when you’re away from home, then go ahead.
You can cook a large batch of potato soup and freeze it. This is an ideal practice especially during the winter season—everyone loves to warm their bellies with a good and hearty soup. Even if there is no winter in your area, you can always prepare the soup in advance and have them anytime, anywhere.
Can You Freeze Potato Soup?
Before anything else, you may want to choose where to put the soup. You can use a spill-proof bag or glass jars. Plastic bags can save you space but glass jars are safer and healthier. Should you choose the plastic bag, look for the BPA-free variant.
There are also a lot of ways to cook potato soup. But if you plan to freeze them, there are a few things you wish to avoid. First is overcooking. Potatoes tends to be soft and mushy when overcooked, and reheating will cook the food furthermore. Slightly undercook your potatoes instead.
Milk and cream don’t freeze well. They tend to be grainy and separated when reheated. You may want to remove any milk-based products on your soup before freezing. Add the said ingredients when reheating instead. This way, your soup will retain its flavor and texture.
If you add pasta on your potato soup, don’t. That is if you intend to freeze it. Pasta will continuously absorb liquid and when you freeze and reheat it, it will turn into mush.
Like any other soup, do not put them in the freezer while hot. It will cause the food already in your freezer to defrost a little. Also, rapid temperature changes is a food safety risk.
Lastly, never overfill. Liquid will expand when frozen, so you may want to leave an allowance on your bag or jar when filling it with your soup.
How to Freeze Potato Soup?
Should you want to stock up this delicious soup, follow these steps:
- Cook your potato soup. Choose your recipe well. If it has pasta or any milk-based products, take it out of the recipe and add it when reheating. Also, your vegetables should be slightly undercooked. If you intend to eat some of it immediately, remove a portion you intend to freeze and add in the missing ingredients on the rest.
- Cool your soup. You may put the pot in an ice or cold water bath to speed up the process.
- Put it in a container. Use a ladle or a funnel to avoiding spilling. Don’t forget to add an allowance for expansion. You can put the soup in the container when hot, but make sure to cool it down before closing the lid.
- Freeze it. You may label it first before putting it in the freezer.
How To Use Up Extra/Leftover Potato Soup?
Potato soup is a classic comfort food that’s perfect for a chilly day. But what do you do when you have extra potato soup? Here are five delicious ways to use up your leftover potato soup:
- Use it as a toppings – Potato soup can make a great topping for baked potatoes, salads, and more. Just add a dollop of soup on top of your favorite dishes for a flavorful twist.
- Make a potato soup pie – If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy your leftover soup, try making a potato soup pie. Simply combine the soup with some shredded cheese and chopped vegetables, and pour it into a pre-made pie crust. Bake at 400 degrees until the pie is golden brown and bubbly.
- Freeze it for later – Leftover soup can be frozen and enjoyed at a later time. Just place the soup in freezer-safe containers and store in the freezer for up to six months.
- Make potato soup pancakes – If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to use your leftover soup, try making potato soup pancakes. Simply combine the soup with some flour, eggs, and milk, and cook them up like you would regular pancakes. Serve with some shredded cheese on top, and you’ll have a delicious and unusual breakfast dish.
- Use it as a base for another soup – If you’re tired of eating the same old soup, try using it as a base for another soup. Just add some additional vegetables and spices to the soup, and you’ll have a whole new meal.
So there you have it – five delicious ways to use up your leftover potato soup. Next time you find yourself with extra soup, try one of these recipes and enjoy!
Potato Soup Recipes
Here are some of our recommended potato soup recipes that you and your family can enjoy.
Loaded Potato Soup
A creamy and absolutely one of the tastiest version of the potato soup. It has bacon, and everybody knows it makes every dish taste a lot better.
Easy Potato Soup
A quick and inexpensive potato soup. Inexpensive doesn’t have to mean less, you’ll be surprised how tasty this recipe is. Good for four servings.
Chicken Potato Soup
A great collaboration of your two favorite ingredients. This is indeed a hearty soup and a perfect meal in itself. This dish will definitely touch your soul.
Yes, you can freeze potato soup. Frozen potato soup will last for 2-3 months in the freezer if stored properly. Just like with other meals, remove it from heat and allow cooling before sealing it. The best way to do this is to let the soup thicken first (by letting it cool down) and then put each serving in a separate freezer bag or container. Press out excess air before closing tightly (to avoid freezer burn). You can also divide your frozen meal into smaller portions using containers or freezer bags for easy access when heating up again. Label the bags with today’s date.
Now that you know how to freeze your potato soup, please share your experience with me in the comment section below!