Having a stash of nutritious soups in the freezer can help you and your family eat healthier by curbing the craving to eat out. In addition to a family-friendly dinner, a great soup can also serve as a quick on-the-go lunch. So once you find a recipe that your family loves, STOCK UP!
Now, on to stocking up on healthy soups so you can start the New Year right! Here are a few freezing options and tips:
OPTION 1: ASSEMBLE THE RECIPE AND FREEZE IT BEFORE COOKING
When making a soup recipe, simply double the batch so that you can freeze half of it. Use a plastic freezer bag for this method.
OPTION 2: COOK THE SOUP RECIPE AS NORMAL BUT FREEZE LEFTOVERS INTO SERVING SIZE PORTIONS
Assemble the recipe and freeze it before cooking. When making a soup recipe, simply double the batch so that you can freeze half of it. Use a plastic freezer bag for this method.
FREEZING TIP: Let the soup cool completely before putting in containers
By letting the soup cool, you’ll avoid the freezer meal’s worst enemy: freezer burn. It’s also important not to put hot soup into a plastic freezer bag or container, as the heat can leach chemicals from the plastic into your food. Let it cool on the counter no more than two hours and then place in the refrigerator after that, if needed.
To reheat: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm gently on the stove top, in slow cooker on LOW, or
in the microwave until warmed through.
Ready to stock your freezer? Take the first step to having a great stash of ready-made soups and meals with this healthy & hearty recipe for Slow Cooker Turkey Chili.