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How to Heat, Reheat and Freeze Soup

Gazpacho, Vegetable or Tortilla Soup? Chicken Noodle or Fish Chowder? The possibilities are endless! Serve soup year-round: hot or cold, cooked quickly or simmered slowly, and as a meal starter or main course.

Making Soup

Some soups are designed for quick assembly and serving. Others demand to be simmered slowly. Soup simmered over low heat for a period of several hours develops a full, rich flavor. You can cook soup not only on the stovetop, but also in a slow cooker. Try these tips for making great soup:

  • Be sure to use the pot size called for in the recipe so that soup heats properly without having an annoying boilover. 
  • Slowly heat soups made with dairy products. If soups containing milk, cream, eggs or cheese come to a boil, ingredients may separate and curdle. 
  • If you need a quick soup base, try Progresso® Vegetable Classics soups. And for south-of-the border flavor, Old El Paso® refrigerated taco sauce and Old El Paso® chopped green chiles make perfect additions to soup recipes. 
  • Keep lumps from forming when thickening soup with flour and water. Here’s how: in a separate bowl, thoroughly beat flour into a small amount of cold water using a wire whisk. Whisk into the hot soup mixture. 
  • Want to thicken your soup without using a roux (fat and flour mixture) Stir dry mashed potatoes into the soup mixture. Or use a blender or food processor to puree some cooked vegetables in the soup with a little broth; stir back into the soup. 
  • To remove fat from the soup, refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Fat will rise to the surface and solidify. Skim fat with a spoon and discard. 

Refrigerating & Reheating Soup 

Soup is ideal for making ahead of time. Store soup in shallow containers for rapid cooling.

  • Cover and refrigerate soups for up to 3 days. 
  • Soups made with fish or shellfish should be refrigerated no longer than 1 day. 
  • Heat broth-based soups over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot; or reheat in the microwave. 
  • Reheat thick purees or soups containing milk, cream, eggs or cheese over low heat, stirring frequently. Boiling may cause ingredients to separate. 
  • Thaw soups in the refrigerator and use promptly
  • Thick soups tend to become thicker during storage. Add a little broth, milk or half-and-half while reheating until the soup reaches the desired consistency 

Freezing Soup  

Soup freezes well, so you may want to double a soup recipe and freeze half of it. Freezing can affect the flavor and texture of some soups, so follow these guidelines to preserve flavor: 

  • Soups and broths can be kept frozen for 2 to 3 months. 
  • Allow 1/4- to 1/2-inch headspace for soup expansion in freezer containers as it freezes. 
  • Freeze broth in heavy plastic freezer containers, resealable freezer plastic bags or in ice-cube trays. Broth “cubes" can be transferred later to a heavy plastic freezer bag.

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