Need a make ahead meal idea?
How about making and freezing soups in mason jars to re-heat as needed for healthy and homemade meals this winter?! There’s nothing more comforting then a warm bowl of soup and this is a great way to prep individual meals.
For this project, I turned leftover rotisserie chicken into a pot of delicious Chicken Lemon Orzo Soup, let it cool, and then transferred it to pint sized wide mouth mason jars to reheat in the future!
Tips for Freezing Soup/Broth in Mason Jars:
- Let soup cool down before transferring to glass. This will avoid shocking jars and breakage.
- Wide mouth style jars are preferred when freezing soup because they are easier to fill and less likely to break with expansion.
- Do not overfill jars. Leave 1-2 inches room for head space so you’ll have room for expansion.
- Consider loosely placing lids on initially for freezing, then coming back to tighten the next day.
- Try not to store jars touching each other. There’s several ways to do this which include – using the cardboard box the jars come with, using a jar box protector, or even slipping jars into clean socks!
- Frozen jars of soup can stay fresh best for 3-4 months in the freezer.
How do I defrost my soup?
The ideal way to defrost frozen jars is to move to your refrigerator overnight, or on the counter if you are able to monitor them. To speed up the process, try submerging in lukewarm water. Microwaving a frozen glass jar is NOT recommended. Defrost first.
Ideas like this can be a lifesaver when you want a homemade meal and have no time to cook. It would also make a thoughtful gift for a new mom or sick friend, if they have the freezer space!
What types of soup freeze well?
You can freeze most soups, but keep in mind that sometimes cream based varieties with potatoes and/or fresh veggies can have a different consistency when re-heated. It can be as easy as whipping them up again after re-heating to fix it however.
For this reason, broth based soups and ones that have beans are great for freezing and re-heating. For soups that have pasta, consider under cooking noodles a little if making specifically to freeze so they have a nice texture when re-heated.
Need some delicious soup ideas?
Check out these popular Hip2Save soup recipes:
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.