Miriam Jacobson, MS, RD, CNS, shares the best way to freeze soup for both convenience and your health. Save on delivery fees and stock your freezer with healthy, pre-cooked meals that are easy and quick to reheat. Enter: soup cubes. I started freezing soup with silicone ice cube trays in preparation for a surgery with a long recovery time. I love making home-cooked meals, but knew I wouldn’t be able to cook for a few months. So I gradually prepped a bunch of different soups and stews before my surgery and froze them. Here’s why it’s a great method and how to do it yourself.
Why It’s The Best Way to Freeze Soup
Better for Your HealthI like using cube trays to freeze soup instead of plastic bags primarily so the warm liquid doesn’t touch the plastic while freezing and thawing. Most plastics contain toxins, such as BPA and phthalates. These toxins can suppress the immune system, create fertility issues, and lead to the development of more serious health conditions. Additionally, freezing your homemade soup in a safer way will also allow you to avoid unnecessary additives that are in many canned soups and store-bought frozen meals.
ConvenienceThe convenience of meal prepping is another benefit to this method of freezing soup. If you love to prep meals (or want to try!) but get bored of eating the same thing every day, soup cubes are a great way to mix things up. Better yet, it really couldn’t be easier and reheating is faster than food delivery! Lastly, using individual cubes instead of large freezer bags allows you to customize your serving size. Whether you’re concerned with portion control or are unsure of how much is left to feed your household, soup cubes are pretty foolproof. Even further, they can help you cut down on food waste.
How to Freeze Soup SafelyTo get started, you’ll need:
- Your homemade soup
- 2 gallon-sized food storage bags
- 2-inch silicone ice cube trays
How to Reheat Frozen Soup CubesOnce you’re ready to reheat and enjoy your soup, add three to five cubes per person into a pot. Cover and heat on medium-low for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Before serving, I suggest adding greens like bok choy or kale to get some extra nutrients in.
Other Easy Foods to FreezeSome of my favorite soups and stews to freeze in cubes are:
- Chicken vegetable soup
- Carrot ginger soup
- Cauliflower leek soup
- Green curry chicken
- Veggie bolognese (pair with chickpea pasta and kale before serving)
- Bone broth or veggie broth
- Chicken tikka masala
- Black-eyed pea stew
- Moroccan stew
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