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What is the best way to freeze and defrost soup?

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Created October 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM

I have some plastic containers but I favor the idea of using the sections of my muffin tin. Is it a good, safe way or should I use something else?

  • after taking out a batch, can I defrost at room temperature or in the refrigerator? (I don't have a microwave and I've read contradictory information about it).

Thanks.

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20519 · October 20, 2011 at 2:30 AM

Ice cube trays are your friend. I use them for leftover stock, tomato sauce, pesto, even chopped herbs in water, and will toss into a soup or anything that I need to richen up. I also have a teeny silicone Space Invaders one that I press raw ground meat into so my pup can have twee meatsicles.

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2226 · October 19, 2011 at 7:37 PM

That's what I do. It works fine.

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2153 · October 19, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Brilliant! I'm totally going to make soup to freeze with ice cube trays.

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32518 · October 19, 2011 at 3:22 PM

And room temperature is fine. (It's raw meat that you want to defrost in the fridge for safety.)

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1348 · October 19, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Put in a saucepan and melt it.

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2226 · October 19, 2011 at 7:37 PM

That's what I do. It works fine.

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32518 · October 19, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Ice cube trays are good for small amounts & they melt faster than a bigger block.

Freeze & then put the cubes in a plastic bags for storage.

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2153 · October 19, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Brilliant! I'm totally going to make soup to freeze with ice cube trays.

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20519 · October 20, 2011 at 2:30 AM

Ice cube trays are your friend. I use them for leftover stock, tomato sauce, pesto, even chopped herbs in water, and will toss into a soup or anything that I need to richen up. I also have a teeny silicone Space Invaders one that I press raw ground meat into so my pup can have twee meatsicles.

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32518 · October 19, 2011 at 3:22 PM

And room temperature is fine. (It's raw meat that you want to defrost in the fridge for safety.)

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7223 · October 19, 2011 at 3:24 PM

You could use a muffin tin, but those would be really small portions. However, if that's what you want I would line the tin with silicone muffin cups. They will make the soup easy to remove from the pan once frozen and the silicone cups will peel right off the frozen soup.

I don't have a microwave, either. I defrost most of our food in the fridge, but if I need to defrost meat in a hurry I use a container filled with cold running water. Leave the meat in its package and place it in a large container in your sink. Fill the container with cold water and then allow the faucet to continue to slowly run cold water into the container. It will defrost most things in an hour or less (while still keeping it at a safe temp). For soups--especially broth based soups--you can just put the frozen block of soup directly into a saucepan on the stove and heat it until it melts.

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