Q. My husband went on a cooking spree this weekend, and made a huge batch of chicken broth. We used some for soup, but have enough left over to make another big batch of soup. I want to make the soup now because I don’t think it’s safe to freeze cooked chicken broth. He wants to freeze the broth to make soup again at a later date. He says if it’s safe to freeze commercially prepared chicken broth, it should be safe to freeze homemade chicken broth. So, is it safe to freeze cooked chicken broth?
A. Your husband is correct, it’s safe to freeze cooked chicken broth. Making big batches of chicken broth for later use in recipes such as soups or stews is a time honoured tradition. Chicken broth can be frozen and then thawed before being used in a variety of recipes.
How to freeze chicken broth?
The key to successfully freezing chicken broth is to start with the freshest broth possible. Cook your broth according to your recipe, then skim off any foam from the top. Strain any vegetables from the broth to obtain a clear liquid. Allow the broth to come to room temperature. For a lower fat chicken broth, cool the broth in the fridge until the fat comes to the top. Then, skim away the fat from the broth.
To store in freezer bags, place a freezer bag in a large bowl. Fold the top of the bag over the edge of the bowl for easier filling. Pour the chicken broth into the freezer bags and then seal the bags, leaving some headroom at the top to allow for expansion. Freezing the broth in equal measures can make it easy to thaw the correct amount later. Label and date the bags, and indicate the amount of broth in each bag. Then lay flat in the freezer and stack for easy storage. Chicken broth can also be frozen in freezer safe, hard containers. Fill the container, leaving some headroom to allow for expansion. Place a layer of plastic wrap over the broth to protect against freezer burn. Seal the container, then label and date it, indicating the amount of chicken broth in the container.
To thaw, remove the chicken broth from the freezer and allow it to thaw for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Use in your favourite recipe and consume within two days of thawing.