How to Freeze Potato Soup
The chances are that you might have come across articles online that say you absolutely cannot, under any circumstances, freeze potato soup.
While it’s not as straightforward as letting it cool and placing it straight in the freezer, if you follow the steps we outline below, you can safely freeze your potato soup to enjoy at any time throughout the year.
You should only attempt to freeze potato soup that has already been cooked (or at least part cooked, as you will learn shortly) for best results.
If you freeze raw chopped potatoes, they will discolour and change the texture, which won’t do your soup’s texture any favours.
If you’re planning to prepare a smooth and creamy potato soup, you can skip ahead to step 3. But if you prefer your potato soup chunky, you will need to follow the instructions from step one to ensure you don’t spoil your soup when freezing.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to freezing potato soup:
- Plan Ahead
If you’re preparing chunky potato soup in a batch, and you know you want to freeze a specific amount, you need to plan. When your soup is about ¾ cooked through (meaning the chunky potatoes are not totally soft), take it off the heat. Separate the soup that you wish to freeze from the soup you want to eat now, and let the soup destined for the freezer cool.
- Leave to Cool
Once you’ve set aside the soup to be frozen, leave it to cool on the countertop before freezing. Because the potatoes will still have some structure left when you thaw them, they won’t turn to mush and ruin the texture of your chunky soup.
- Portion Out
It’s a good idea to split your soup into portion sizes before you freeze it, as it will be easier and more convenient to defrost. If you freeze it all in one container, you will struggle to separate it when it’s frozen and have to defrost all of it at the same time, even if you don’t plan on using it all right away.
Once you’ve set your soup aside to cool down to room temperature, you need to refrigerate it before freezing. As a guide, you should ensure you put your soup in the fridge within two hours of preparing it, as this won’t give bacteria any time to grow. When stored in the fridge, your potato soup should last 4-5 days before you need to put it in the freezer.
- Prepare for the Freezer
Place your soup in a freezer-safe Tupperware container for best results. If you prefer, you can also use a Ziploc bag, which is useful if you’re tight on space. If you decide to use a bag, seal it 90% of the way and lay it flat on the counter before pressing out any remaining air. If you’re using a container, leave a space of about one inch between the soup and the lid, as the soup will expand when it is frozen.
- Label and Freeze
As soon as your soup is prepared for the freezer, it’s a good idea to label it. Write on the container or bag the date you prepared it, as well as what it is!
3 Tips for Freezing Potato Soup
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing potato soup to have the best results:
- Use Rigid Glass Containers – Freezing your potato soup in a freezer-safe glass container prevents your soup from taking in any other flavours or aromas that exist in the freezer. It helps to preserve the taste of your soup for when you’re ready to defrost it.
- Cover with Cling Film – To be extra careful when freezing your potato soup, cover your soup’s surface with plastic wrap and freeze it initially without the lid for two hours. This allows expansion to occur without the worry of shattering your container.
- Always Label – You might find it useful to put a use-by date on your label before freezing your soup. Although you know now that you should keep it for six months, it’s easy to forget once it’s in the freezer, and it will help remind you of when it should be used for best results.
How Long Can You Freeze Potato Soup?
You can freeze potato soup for up to six months. Don’t be tempted to leave it in the freezer for any longer than that because your potatoes will turn to mush if left in the freezer too long. This will totally ruin the texture of your chunky potato soup!
You Can Freeze Potato Soup for up to 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Potato Soup?
The best way to defrost your potato soup is to remove it from the freezer the night before you plan to enjoy it. Instead of leaving it on the counter, you should defrost it in the fridge for best results.
However, if you decide in the spur of the moment that you fancy eating potato soup for dinner, you can place it in a bowl of lukewarm water to speed up the defrosting process.
Alternatively, if you don’t have time to wait for the soup to defrost, you can go ahead and place it straight into the microwave and reheat it straight from frozen.
This is only advisable if you have a smooth soup, to begin with, as your chunky potatoes will turn to mush in the microwave pretty quickly. When microwaving, use the defrost setting and stir every couple of minutes. Only serve when piping hot.
Can You Refreeze Potato Soup?
You should not try and refreeze potato soup once you have defrosted it, particularly if your soup is chunky. This is why it’s so important to freeze your potato soup in portions or batches, so you only have to defrost the amount of soup you actually need at that particular time.
Does Potato Soup Freeze Well?
As you can probably tell, potato soup isn’t necessarily the easiest soup in the world to freeze, particularly if you’re hoping to retain a chunky texture.
This is because of the water content added to the potatoes when they freeze, which naturally softens them up.
That being said, if you follow the steps outlined in this article and use your potato soup within the recommended six-month time frame after freezing, you will find that it freezes particularly well and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the year.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing potato soup or soup in general, then these may help:
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Can You Freeze Potato Soup with Cream?
Cream, like most dairy products, is not something that freezes particularly well. It can split and become grainy. Having said that, it will come down to how much cream you have used. It will also be perfectly safe to freeze but may impact the texture.
If possible, stir cream into your soup once it has defrosted for the best results.
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