How to Store Soup in the Freezer?
If the soup you have prepared is more than you expected, if you do not want to throw it away, read our article on how to store the soup in the freezer right now.
Step 1: You should start by cooking your soup as usual
Even if you are going to prepare your soup just to put it in the freezer, you should first cook your soup as in the recipe you always apply. It would not be right to think, “I’ll take it out of the freezer later and reheat it anyway” and cook it very little.
However, if you are preparing soups in which vegetables and legumes are granular, you can cook these soups a little less than usual. In this way, you can prevent the vegetables and legumes from scattering, as they will cook a little during the heating process.
You should not choose soups containing dairy products such as milk or cream to put them in the freezer.
Step 2: Make sure your soup is fully at room temperature
Let’s say your soup is cooked, you took the part that you will consume immediately, and the part you set aside to put it in the freezer is left. At that moment, you should not immediately put your soup in the freezer while it is hot or warm. Because hot soup can both damage your refrigerator and deteriorate because it will be exposed to cold all of a sudden, be careful.
Step 3: You should carefully fill the soup into a freezer bag or a ziplock bag suitable for freezing.
The most practical way to store soups in the freezer is through heat-resistant refrigerator bags or ziplock bags in the freezer. You can place these bags openly in large containers and carefully transfer your soup in the pot.
If you have plastic-free containers suitable for freezer use, of course, it would be best to use them.
Step 4: Seal the freezer bag or storage container airtight and put it in the freezer
After placing your soup in the bag or in the storage door, it is important to close its mouth airtight, do not forget. In addition, make sure to note the date you did this process and the name of the soup on the bag or container. Thus, it will be easy to find what you are looking for in the freezer, and you will be able to make an idea by looking at the history to discover whether it has spoiled when you want to use it.
Step 5: To use the frozen soup that is waiting for you in the freezer, first thaw it in the refrigerator and then at room temperature
You put your soup in the freezer nicely, but how will you use this frozen soup? Let’s explain this right away: Take the frozen soup to the bottom of the refrigerator first, and to the part where other foods are waiting. Let them thaw here. Then take it out of the fridge and let it sit for a while at room temperature. Remove the completely defrosted and cold soup from its bag or container, put it in a pot and serve by warming it up.
Things to consider when storing soup in the freezer:
We have explained step by step how to store the soup in the freezer, but there are some things you should keep in mind. Let’s say you should not forget to do this by considering the following items, and let’s list the things to be considered one by one:
- As we said above, while preparing your soup, if it contains grainy vegetables and legumes, you can cook it less than usual beforehand and put it in the freezer.
- Since it is much better to consume any food, including soup, while it is fresh, rather than freezing it and consuming it later, you should not use the soup storage method in the refrigerator bag unless you have to, especially for the soups you prepare for babies, and you should always take care to prepare the freshest soups with the freshest vegetables.
- When you store the soups you prepare with chicken broth, broth, and vegetable broth in the freezer, you should not compromise on their taste, but it should not be forgotten that there may be changes in the structure and taste of the soups you prepare with ingredients such as pasta, dough, noodle, cuts, and if possible, instead of such soups, you should keep simpler soups with less ingredients in the freezer.
- Before you put your soup in the freezer, you should make sure that it is completely cold.
- You should adjust the portion of the soup you will put in the freezer well. Because it will not be healthy and correct to throw the rest of the soup you have taken out of the freezer back into the freezer.
- You should not put the soups that you have prepared by adding milk or cream to the freezer. These soups can pose a risk as they are shorter-lived, and they can be cut and lumped during the heating process. You should not choose this kind of soup for the freezer so that your efforts are wasted.