How to Freeze Soup for an Easy Hot Meal on Cold Weeknights

Cook up a big pot of soup and, if you're lucky, you'll have enough to freeze for another meal.

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Freezing soup now is a good step toward a quick-and-easy meal later.

1. Cool the hot soup quickly by placing it in a bowl set over another bowl filled with ice water. This method allows less time for bacteria to grow. 2. Once cool, quickly transfer the food to moisture- and vapor-proof freezer containers. Use small containers to allow food to freeze quickly, which slows bacteria growth.


  • Remember, soups and other liquids or semiliquids expand when they freeze, so leave about 1/2-inch space below the rim.
  • Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator or in the microwave, never at room temperature.

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