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Old 03-02-2008, 02:08 PM   #1
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What types of soups freeze well?

Hello,

I'm a big fan of making soups, but I've had some hit and miss experiences with freezing them - soups that just defrost all chunky, a different texture, and just all in all not enjoyable for round 2. In general, what types of soups freeze well? Any recipe suggestions? Thanks!

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Old 03-02-2008, 03:15 PM   #2
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Hello,

I'm a big fan of making soups, but I've had some hit and miss experiences with freezing them - soups that just defrost all chunky, a different texture, and just all in all not enjoyable for round 2. In general, what types of soups freeze well? Any recipe suggestions? Thanks!
i have frozen chicken soup,french onion soup, beans and ham soup. they all were great when defrosted. i put them in lg. freezer bags. mostly to save space in freezer.

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Old 03-02-2008, 03:45 PM   #3
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The only soups I DON'T freeze are those with cream or milk bases like chowders, biques, etc. I have had pretty good success.
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:06 PM   #4
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The only soups I DON'T freeze are those with cream or milk bases like chowders, biques, etc. I have had pretty good success.
ditto what BubbaGourmet said.
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Let's try it from the other end ... what soups have you had problems with, philipb? I don't generally freeze cream/milk based soups - but I've never had a problem with anything else. I can't imagine a soup that would "defrost all chunky" that wasn't chunky to begin with - and change in texture has a lot of possibilities ...
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I had problems with a prawn bisque (cream) but never a problem with my potato and leek (again cream). Otherwise, freezing soups hasn't been a problem.

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Old 03-03-2008, 11:54 AM   #7
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I guess I had never been told the rule that milk/cream-based soups don't freeze well; a couple potatoe-y, creamy soups were casualties. Also, the soups that I tried to freeze that came back with very different (almost sludgey, not very appealing) textures were all soups with rice or barley. So, I'm guessing that those don't freeze to well either. What about bean soups? Chilis? Or lentils?
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Bean soups and chilis freeze great. I've never made lentil soup, so can't comment on that one. HTH.
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Turkey soup freezes really well, so does chicken. I would think anything that isn't cream based would freeze well.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:51 PM   #10
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Have not tried freezing cream/milk based soups but they are so good they don't last long enough to freeze.

The ones I find not to freeze exceptionally well, although they do OK, are those with diced potato or pasta. The tater chunks seem to fall apart as does the pasta.

When I freeze pasta dishes like baked ziti it comes out pretty good when thawed, but the pasta does lose some integrity. As does stews with potatoes.

Maybe it is just me, and the stuff is not bad. But it does not come out of the freezer with quite the quality it went in with.
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