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When we make soups, stews, or chili to freeze, we pour them into freezer bags which are placed in bread pans. After the contents are frozen, we remove them from the bread pans. This makes great "bricks" which stack nicely in the freezer.
Make a big pot of soup, chili, or stew and freeze the rest in bowls. Just thaw and heat up for the next meal. Out of one large soup pot, I can get 5 meals or more, depending on what it is.
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I am a college student and avid soup eater. I live in an apartment so I have a kitchen available to me and I want to make a bunch of soup and freeze it. I usually buy Campbell's Chunky soup but would like to save some money.
We like Taco Soup and it freezes well!
1 LB. cooked lean ground beef
1 can corn
1 can Ranch Style beans
1 can pinto or kidney beans
1 can Ro-tel
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch DRY salad dressing mix
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 small onion, chopped ( optional)
3 or more cans water
Pour ingredients into a large pot or crockpot and heat thoriughly. Top with shredded cheese if desired and serve with crackers, Fritos, or tortilla chips.
You must have a very good sense of smell Mara! Its getting cooler her in Australia - just coming into winter - and I have a pot of soup stock bubbling away at the moment. First a hint - any recipe that calls for a can or a jar of something will be more expensive - you are paying for someone else to prepare it for you! Soup from scratch is so easy and only takes a little while longer. My favourite soup is part of my 'rubber chicken' recipes.
I get roast(?baked) chickens from the supermarket near closing time - often less than half price - 3-6 at a time depending on how cheap they are. As soon as I get home I strip all the meat from the bones/skin, have a chicken dinner and freeze the rest in containers for future meals, or you could return some to your soup if you like it meaty. I then put the bones, skin and stuffing into the slow cooker, cover with water and leave to simmer overnight. (If you don't have a slow cooker any large pan will do - simmer for 3 or 4 hours).In the morning I strain the bones, etc. out and I'm left with a very tasty chicken stock to use as my soup base. I add to the pot potatoes, turnip/swede/parsnip, (whichever you can get), carrots - I like lots of carrots - celery, onions, leek, sweet corn, etc. in any amount and combination depending on your taste - any veg you like will do, have a look and see what veg is in the canned variety you eat now. I also add red lentils, about 1 cup to 4 cups of stock - add more if you like a thiker soup. These are a good source of protein and need no pre-soaking. They disintegrate in cooking leaving a lovely thick soup. Simmer until all the veg is cooked. I don't add any more seasoning as the barbecued chickens are already seasoned and the stuffing has herbs. I then freeze what I don't eat in individual containers.
Not to let anything go to waste I feed the strained bones and skin to the dogs - after long slow cooking they are soft and crumbly and there is no danger of the dogs choking - this may not be the case if it is just cooked on the stove top.
If you want to make clam chowder or potato soup, use frozen cubed hash browns. It freezes well as the potatoes have been prepared to be frozen to start with. The quickest way to make clam chowder is to make a batch of potato soup and add a can or two of clams from the grocery store.
Potato Soup "Large batch"
I pkg frozen chunk hash browns
2 stalks of celery (stalks are the single stem of a pascal of celery) diced
Cook over med. high heat until celery and onion are done. Add salt, pepper and a little celery seed. Add enough milk to color the potato water. Thinking with instant potatoes if you like a thicker soup or making clam chowder.
Clam Chowder. Just add clams to above potato soup recipe
Cool, put into quart sized freezer bags, make sure excess air is removed and bag is properly sealed. Lay on side in freezer, you will have much more room for more soups.
By Carol W
Yes, you can. Cabbage freezes very well. I don't know what you mean by soggy. I always cook cabbage until it's tender, and I've never noticed any textural difference when eating previously-frozen leftovers. If the cabbage in your soup was only briefly cooked (crisp-tender, like in Asian cooking), there might be a difference when you freeze it.
I freeze soup so I can easily vacuum seal the soup. What container can I use to freeze it so I can easily remove the soup from the container for vacuum sealing?
To freeze soup:
I pour it into small and large ziplock bags.
Then, lay them flat in the freezer.
Leave soup in the ziplock bag and vacuum seal.
Can I freeze cold cucumber soup?
By Susan Steele from Annapolis, MD
You most certainly can! The only thing is that if the soup is not blended/pureed the cucumbers won't be firm.
Can I freeze chicken soup with cooked carrots and parsnips?
If I can, I don't see why you couldn't! lol. Just be sure to "smush out" all the air from the freezer bag before closing it all the way. Best wishes!
Chicken noodle soup is best frozen without the noodles. When reheating the soup, simply cook the noodles seperatly then add them to the soup. This page has tips on freezing homemade chicken noodle soup.
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Can you freeze lentil soup?
By donna kern from Mercerville, NJ
You can freeze any kind of soup. (07/21/2009)
In a word, yes. (07/21/2009)
By jan nash
Most soups freeze well. Lentil is a perfect made ahead soup that you can freeze wonderfully. Keep in mind that the spices do get a little stronger whenever you re-heat soup. Also, make sure you leave space for expansion and that the containers you use are freezer safe and well sealed. (07/22/2009)
I do it all the time! I make a large pot full and put it in margarine tubs which hold a plateful. That way we always have a midday snack to fall back on! It often tastes even better then! (07/22/2009)
I am looking for information on freezing chicken noodle veg soup.
Patty from Islamorada, FL
Put in container after it has cooled down and freeze. But really the best way is to cook the soup without the noodles, they can get mooshy when you freeze them. Add cooked noodles after you rewarm (if you add the noodles while you are reheating, they will take all the broth). (03/16/2007)
I agree. With homemade chicken noodle, I don't like to cook the noodles in with the soup because they seem to expand too much and soak up an awful lot of the juice. Just cook your noodles separately, put a pile of them in the soup bowls. Pour and then scoop the soup on top of the noodles. Freeze the soup without noodles in Ziploc bags where you can lay them flat. When you thaw the soup, just make fresh noodles. (03/29/2007)