Few foods are as perfect for freezing as soups. You should freeze them in freezer proof containers, and remember to leave a little headspace, 1/2 inch or so between the top of the soup and the lid of the container. This is because the soup will expand slightly as it freezes, and if you fill it too full it could pop the top off of the container. Freeze soups in pint or quart containers for easy defrosting.
Remember to label the container with the name of the soup and the date it was frozen. I like to use masking tape and a Sharpie to make sure the writing is very legible and stays put even if some moisture or ice touches the container. You may think you will remember what the soup it, but tomato soup and pasta sauce can look very similar a month later when you are digging around in the freezer for the next night’s dinner.
Freezing Soups with Dairy
If you are making a soup to freeze that is finished with a bit of cream or sour cream or another dairy product, you should not add it when you are first making the soup. Freeze the soup without the dairy, and then when you have defrosted it, and are reheating it on the stove, stir in the dairy at the end as directed.
How Long Will Frozen Soup Last?
Most soups will last from 6 to 9 months in the freezer.
You can defrost soup in the fridge, which should take a day or two depending on the size of the container, and then heat it in a pot on the stove. You can also defrost the soup in the microwave using the defrost setting, and then heat it on the stove. Or you can even place the frozen soup in a pot, and heat it slowly, stirring often, over low heat.
Soup recipes are very easy to make in double batches, to share with neighbors, or to freeze some, and enjoy some now.