Soup is great comfort food even when you’re not sick. Living alone in a dorm, though, I can’t just finish soup that serves 5 in one sitting. My mom makes the best soup and I don’t like that it goes to waste unless I cram it all in one go. It would be nice if I could leave it in the freezer for a longer time so I can enjoy my mom’s hearty soup anytime I want to in the dorm.
Soup is good with any meal. Of course, though, real, slow-cooked soup always beats canned or powdered ones. Obviously, however, slow-cooking takes time and not everyone has the time to make soup ever so frequently.
Freezing soup solves all problems when looking for that slow-cooked goodness anytime. Make soup every weekend whenever you have the time, and keep it frozen in your fridge so you can have soup for the next few days.
Can You Freeze Soup?
Better than powdered, canned, or any instant soup, frozen homemade soup will surely make anyone feel better as soon as they get that warm heart, healthy, boiled goodness of homemade soup.
Frozen soup last for up to three months in the freezer, compared to refrigerated soup, which goes bad in a matter of days.
Freezing soup can be difficult when the wrong containers are used. Glass jars break when frozen for too long. Even ceramic bowls get cracks of break when kept in the freezer for too long.
There are methods in freezing leftover and fresh soup that lets you save space, time and most importantly, soup, for when you need it the most.
It is a very smart and thrift decision to freeze soup as it saves you form those moments when you badly need a hot bowl of mom’s chicken soup on a cold night, or when you’re feeling under the weather.
How to Freeze Soup
The secret to freezing and storing soup smartly? Use freezer bags.
Freezer bags are different from simple plastic bags, in that they are thicker than usual. This allows freezer bags to keep food fresh longer than a normal plastic bag can.
Freezer bags also allow you to freeze soup flat, for easier storing of just the right portions.
How to do this:
- Make sure your soup is cool enough to store into a freezer safely.
- Pour in freezer bag.
- Lay pecked soup flat in the freezer and leave overnight to freeze.
- Remember to thaw overnight inside the fridge before re-heating in low heat.
Once successful, you may do this to other kinds of soup, and stack them in any way that you want.
Another alternative, however, is to use microwave-safe containers so all you have to do is pull it out of the freezer and toss it in the microwave for a few minutes.
How To Use Up Extra/Leftover Soup?
Soup is a delicious and comforting food that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. But what do you do when you have extra soup? Here are five delicious ways to use up your leftover soup:
- Make a soup pie – Soup pie is a great way to use up extra soup. Simply add your leftover soup to a pie crust, top with some cheese and spices, and bake until golden brown.
- Use it as a sauce – Soup can also be used as a sauce for pasta or vegetables. Just reheat your leftover soup and add it to your favorite dish for an instant flavor boost.
- Give your rice a flavor boost – Rice can be quite bland on its own, but adding some leftover soup can give it a delicious flavor. Just add your soup to cooked rice and stir until combined.
- Make a soup omelet – A soup omelet is a great way to use up extra soup. Just add your leftover soup to an omelet along with some cheese and vegetables, and you’ll have a hearty meal in no time.
- Use it as a dip – Have some extra bread or crackers? Dip them in your leftover soup for a tasty snack that everyone will love.
So there you have it – five delicious ways to use up your leftover soup. Next time you find yourself with extra soup, try one of these recipes and enjoy!
Remember: label the bags and containers of frozen food. Consume the ones closer to expiration date to avoid wastage.
A roasted carrot and ginger soup can be reheated for brunch or dinner and the leftovers will still be great for the next meal.
Freezing white bean vegetable soup will make sure you always have a healthy serving of a hearty soup always waiting for you in your fridge.
Classic squash soup also stays good with freezing. Keep it stocked in your fridge and have that creamy fix at a hand’s length all the time.
Yes, you can freeze soup. Frozen soup will last for 3-4 months in the freezer if stored properly. If you want to reheat your frozen meal, there are two options: use a stovetop or microwave oven. Freezing also preserves texture which means your frozen meal will taste just as good after being heated up again. Follow these steps for freezing soup: remove the meal from heat, allow it to cool down before putting in the freezer bag, make sure you push out all of the air while sealing tightly (to avoid freezer burn), store properly, and label the bag with today’s date.
Now that you know how to freeze your chicken and dumplings, please share your experience with me in the comment below.