The quick answer is yes, you can! Soup is one of the easiest things you can freeze. As long as you follow a few simple guidelines when freezing and defrosting, it is a simple process and completely safe. Soon you will be wondering why you haven’t been doing it for years!
The apparent difficulty with freezing soup is with its consistency. Packing up liquid ready for the freezer can be difficult at first, but with a few handy tips you can soon freeze your soup without it spilling all over your freezer. There are a few rules you’ll want to follow when freezing soup.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing soup:
How to Freeze Soup
The easiest types of soup to freeze are soups made with broth and a hearty mix of vegetable ingredients. These are simple to make and easy to pop into a suitable container and freeze, and they taste great too! They can be blended into a smooth consistency or left chunky:
- Once you’ve made your soup, allow it to completely cool. You never want to place a hot (or even warm) dish into the freezer so allow it to cool down.
- When your soup is cool, place it into either a freezer bag or a freezer-safe container. Make sure you leave some space in the container as the soup will expand slightly when freezing.
- Finally, please it in the freezer.
When freezing a soup made with a simple broth it really is that simple. If you’re using a freezer bag then make sure it is suitable for liquids. Many of the cheaper bags you can buy will not be completed liquid-proof and before you know it you’ll have flooded your freezer with chicken broth.
Can You Freeze Soup with Cream?
If you are adding cream or cheese to your soup then you have to be careful when defrosting and heating as the dairy can curdle and no one wants a soup with a strange texture! One recommendation for avoiding this is to make your soup base as a broth with plenty of vegetables and freeze as a broth-based soup. Then when it comes to using your soup you can add the cream or cheese when you are heating it up – you still get a great creamy soup but without any difficulty!
Can You Freeze Soup with Noodles?
The same applies when adding ingredients such as noodles and croutons, these work best when added after the soup has been defrosted and heated. Adding noodles that have been prepared separately just before you serve ensures you get the noodle soup you want but without the noodles soaking up too much moisture from the soup and getting soggy.
Can You Freeze Fish Soup?
Extra care needs to be taken when using fishy ingredients in your soup. These make a great tasting soup but extra care needs to be taken when freezing. For best results make and freeze your soup base and prepare the fish separately. Then add to your defrosted and heated soup just before serving – this helps you to avoid any dodgy fish tummies.
How Long Can You Freeze Soup?
You can keep soup in a freezer for up to three months which is plenty of time to create a large batch and then use it as you need it. Why not spend a couple of hours making some batches of different soups? You can then use them to take to work for lunch and have a few extras in the freezer for those times when you need an extra meal or warming snack. Don’t forget to label your soups so you know when you need to use them and what flavours you have.
How Do You Defrost Soup?
It is best to defrost your soup in the fridge overnight. This will ensure it has time to thaw out fully before reheating. Make sure you pop the frozen soup in its container or bag in a bowl before putting it in the fridge. There can be some liquid escaping as it defrosts. If your soup is a little too thick once it has defrosted, add a little water until it is your preferred consistency.
If you need your soup to thaw a little quicker, you can pop it in the microwave. Use the defrost setting until it is fully thawed then heat as normal. Make sure it is piping hot before you eat it!
Once your soup has defrosted, then it is best to eat it within 24 hours of it being thawed. This helps with both the flavour and of course ensuring the quality and safety of your soup.
Does Soup Freeze Well?
If care is taken and freezing is done properly then there should be absolutely no difference between your frozen soup and your fresh soup. It can taste just as good and be as healthy as the day it was made. So make life easy for yourself and batch cook some soup and freeze them for great on the go easy meals.
Other Questions about Soup
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to soup – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about soup then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Soup in Mason Jars?
You can… But it’s not something we’d advise. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, mason jars are quite cumbersome. Unless you have an industrial-sized walk-in freezer, then chances are you want to preserve space. That’s why freezer bags which can fit in neatly are better. Secondly, with the soup expanding as it freezes, there is a small risk the glass will crack.
Can You Freeze Soup in Tupperware?
Freezing soup in Tupperware is advisable. It’s easy to do and will prevent any spillage that can occur with bags. Just make sure you don’t completely fill the container. Liquids will expand when frozen so give it room to move a little.