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During the cold winter months nothing is more satisfying than a steaming bowl of your favorite soup. Prepping meals ahead of time is a great way to save time and energy. Soup is a great meal to have on hand for those chilly days. Use our steps to optimize your soup’s flavor when storing it.

Cool.

Before you put away your soup, make sure it’s fully cooled. Instead of cooling your soup in the refrigerator or freezer, give it a nice ice bath to speed up the process and really cool the soup down.

Package.

You can seal up your soup in classic plastic containers, but they’re often bulky and take up a lot of space. Grab a large freezer bag and set the bottom in a large bowl, next spoon in your soup. When you go to seal it, remove all the excess air to avoid freezer burn. Use a straw to suck the air out of the bag before zipping it closed. Don’t forget to label your soup with they type of soup and the date of storage.

Freeze.

The flexibility of the bag allows for more storage options in your freezer. We recommend laying the bags flat, if possible. This will allow you to stack multiple soups without taking up a lot of space.

Reheat.

Ready for soup? Plan ahead! Let the soup thaw overnight in your refrigerator. Dairy-based soups should be reheated at a low temperature; all other soups can be set to a medium-low temperature. Stir occasionally, serve and enjoy!

Here are some of our favorite kitchen items for making and enjoying soup:

  • Traditional French Onion Soup bowls with lids – French Onion soup always tastes better in a traditional ceramic French Onion Soup bowl. It’s the perfect size for you to enjoy your favorite recipe. Plus, these bowls come with a lid to help keep the soup warm and toasty.
  • Good Grips OXO Squeeze & Pour silicone measuring cups – Available in 1 cup or 4 cup sizes, the flexible silicone container allows for easy pouring.
  • Cooks Innovation Simmer Mat Heat Diffuser* – If you’re busy cooking and the stovetop is full, this extra burners is perfect for reheating your soup because it won’t burn the stock.

*Available for a limited time