Q. I like to cook big batches of soups and stews to freeze for the winter. I work long hours, and I don’t always feel like cooking when I get home from work. Being able to just pull out a meal and reheat it on the stove is perfect for late nights or cold winter days. One of my favourite soups is chicken noodle, but I’ve only ever made it one pot at a time. I’ve heard that noodles go mushy after being frozen, and I wouldn’t want to do all that work just to end up with gross, yucky soup. Can you freeze chicken noodle soup?
A. Yes, you can freeze chicken noodle soup, although you are correct about the noodles. When noodles that are cooked in soup are frozen and then thawed, they tend to break down and become really mushy. In addition, the also have a tendency to soak up a lot of the soup liquid, turning it into more of a porridge than a soup. However, all of that can be avoided by taking a bit of precaution.
How to Freeze Chicken Noodle Soup?
If you are making chicken noodle soup to freeze for later, I recommend making the soup without the noodles. Once you are ready to eat the soup, simply boil some noodles and add them to the soup. This allows you to do the time consuming cooking ahead of time, while still enjoying the soup with the flavour and consistency you enjoy.
To freeze chicken noodle soup, prepare the soup according to your recipe, but omit the noodles. Allow the soup to cool completely. Then, you can either freeze the soup in large batches, or in single serving sizes. To freeze a large batch, place a freezer bag in a large bowl with the side turned down over the edge of the bowl. Pour the soup into the freezer bag, leaving some headroom to allow for expansion. Seal the bag, then label and date it. The freezer bag can be stacked for easier storage.
How to Defrost Chicken Noodle Soup?
To freeze in individual serving sizes, pour the soup into muffin tins. Place the muffin tin in the freezer until the soup is frozen, and then pop out the frozen servings and place them in a freezer bag. Remove the excess air, then seal the bag. Label and date the bag, and then place it in the freezer. Simply remove a frozen serving when ready to eat.