It's an easy to make, soothing comfort food classic, but if you want to make a big batch for long-term storage can you freeze potato soup?
Even if it's possible to freeze potato soup, should you? What about the taste and texture, how will they be affected by the freezing process?
Today we take a look at freezing potato soup the right way, to ensure the long term storage of this simple classic soup doesn't detract from its quality.
So, can you freeze potato soup?
Absolutely! Freezing potato soup is a simple process. However, the way you freeze it will affect the taste and texture of the soup once you defrost it and reheat it. So, if you do want to freeze potato soup, there are several key points you should follow, which we will outline below.
What you will need to freeze potato soup
There are a few simple items you’ll need to properly freeze your potato soup.
- Freezer bags – if you’re using the original container, use freezer bags to help preserve the potato soup for longer and prevent freezer burn
- Airtight containers – the all important freezer-safe container will help to keep bacteria at bay and prevents freezer burn.
- Marker pen – don’t forget to label the bags with the date of freezing.
How well does potato soup freeze?
It depends on two things: the ingredients within your soup and the way that you freeze your soup.
First of all, if you're freezing a standard potato and vegetable based chunky soup, it will freeze very well, without much change to the taste or texture.
If you're freezing a smooth potato soup made using cream or milk, however, you'll notice that the texture and taste will be affected. So, be sure to consider whether or not you want to freeze a creamy potato soup, as it won't be quite the delicious soup once it has been defrosted.
Can you refreeze potato soup?
I wouldn't recommend freezing potato soup more than once. Freezing soup more than once tends to affect the taste and texture too much.
The best way to get around this is to only defrost the amount of soup you need. You can do this by freezing your soup in smaller portion sizes.
How long can you keep store bought potato soup in the refrigerator?
Once opened, store bought potato soup will last for around five days in the refrigerator. Of course, if you haven't opened it, it will last longer.
Particularly if it's canned potato soup, in which case it will last for a very long time at room temperature – just check the best before date on the can.
How long can you keep homemade potato soup in the refrigerator?
Homemade potato soup usually lasts around 3-5 days when stored in the refrigerator. You will need to make sure you store it in an airtight container.
How long can you keep frozen potato soup?
Frozen potato soup lasts a long time – up to six months if stored in the correct way. Although you can freeze potato soup up to six months, it's best to keep it no longer than four months, as after this time the taste and texture will begin to be affected.
You might be tempted to keep it for longer, but I'd advise against it. Keeping potato soup in the freezer for longer than six months will result in a mushy, unappetizing texture. The soup will also lose it taste.
How do you know when potato soup has gone bad?
Spoiled potato soup will have a few clear tell-tale signs.
Firstly, it will start to look different. If your potato soup has changed its color, it's a sign that the soup has gone off. You'll also notice a slimy film on top of the soup. There might also be signs of mold.
Another big give away is smell. If the potato soup has a change of aroma, with a sour musty smell, it has probably gone bad.
Finally, there's the taste test. If the soup tastes sour and unpleasant, it's time to throw the soup away.
How do you thaw potato soup?
Defrosting or thawing potato soup is a simple process and there are a few different options, depending on how much time you have.
The best way to thaw potato soup is to leave it defrost in the refrigerator overnight. Remove it from the freezer the night before you plan to eat it – it'll be perfectly defrosted the next day.
If you need to thaw potato soup quicker, you can defrost it by leaving the frozen container in a large container of water. Either a large saucepan or in the sink will do. Change the water every 30 minutes to one hour – it'll be fully thawed within a few hours.
An even quicker method is to defrost potato soup in the microwave. Place your microwave-safe container that contains your frozen soup onto a microwave-safe plate then thaw your soup by using the defrost setting on your microwave. Pause every few minutes to stir the soup.
This method is quick, but you will notice a change to the taste and texture of the soup.
How do you make leftover soup creamy again?
If, after defrosting your soup, you've noticed that it has lost some of its creamy texture, there are a few things you can do to make it a luscious smooth soup again.
Firstly, try whisking the soup as you reheat it on the stove. Avoid reheating the soup in the microwave, as this won't help the texture of your soup.
You could also add a little splash of cream to give the soup a thicker, creamier texture, and also use a hand blender to blend the soup to give it a smoother texture.
What to serve with leftover potato soup
If you're planning on freezing potato soup to use later, it's best to have a plan ahead of time in terms of what to serve with your soup.
There are a few great accompaniments that can really elevate your potato soup. Here are a few suggestions:
- fresh parsley or fresh coriander
- tarragon or a good tarragon substitute
- fresh chives
- spring onions
- vegan cream (coconut cream, for example)
- vegan cheese flakes (nutritional yeast)
- finely chopped red or green chilli peppers
- chilli powder (add 1 teaspoon at a time)
- black or white pepper
- onion flakes
- smoked hot paprika or these smoked paprika substitutes
- roasted seeds or any type of nuts
- Buttered slices of wholemeal bread or your bread of choice is a simple yet delicious pairing option. You could even go all out and make your own cheesy garlic bread or chia seed bread, both of which would taste absolutely divine with this soup.
- Soup and sandwiches are a match made in heaven! Keep it simple and serve your soup with a ham sandwich, or if you want a vegetarian option go for a hummus sandwich. You could go the extra mile and make a steak and caramelised onion sandwich or a brie sandwich with chicken, pear and balsamic onions... so many options!
- For a fantastic cheesy side, add a some parmesan crisps for a truly special lunch. Or serve with a side plate of parmesan parsnips. Delicious!
- If time is a factor, just keep it nice and simple and sprinkle some croutons on top of your soup.
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How to freeze unopened store bought potato soup
- Keep the packet of unopened potato soup in the refrigerator until you’re ready to freeze it.
- Place the packet in a ziploc freezer bag and label it with the date of freezing.
- Alternatively, place the packet of unopened potato soup straight in the freezer. Label it with the date of freezing
How to freeze opened store bought potato soup
- Wrap the opened potato soup in a layer of plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn.
- Place it into an airtight, freezer-safe container or a ziploc bag. Remove as much air from the bag as possible, before sealing.
- Alternatively, empty the soup directly into the freezer-safe airtight container or ziploc bag.
- Label the container or ziploc bag with the date of freezing and place it in the freezer.
How to freeze homemade potato soup
- Allow the soup to cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe airtight container.
- Label the container with the contents and date of freezing, then place the potato soup in the freezer.
How to freeze potato soup in small portions
- Spoon individual portions of potato soup into a large ice cube tray.
- Place the ice cube tray into the freezer to flash freeze for an hour.
- Once the potato soup is properly frozen, place the ice cube tray into a large ziploc bag or airtight container to prevent the soup from getting freezer burn. Remove as much air from the bag as possible, before sealing.
- Label the bag or container with the contents and date of freezing and return it to the freezer.
- You can use each portion of potato soup to add flavor to dishes like stews and casseroles.