Start A New Tradition With Souper Sunday

BY: Martie Duncan, InSinkErator® Subject Matter Expert

Homemade soup is so comforting, warm, homey and one of my favorite ways to beat the winter blues. Soup makes you feel better when you are ill. It fills you up and warms you from the inside out and homemade soup is one of the most affordable ways you can feed a lot of people. You can throw just about anything you have on hand in a pot.

A cold Sunday afternoon in winter is perfect for cooking… and for stocking the freezer with quarts or gallons of soup, stew, gumbo, and chili you cook now to eat later. Here are my tips:

Prepare and Plan

To get started, make sure to have plenty of freezer-proof containers ready to go. Use those that will hold enough soup for one meal for your family so you can remove only what you need for that meal from the freezer.

Zip top freezer bags work really well and do not take up as much room in the freezer as do plastic containers.

Select recipes that will freeze well; stock or broth based recipes tend to freeze better than cream based recipes. Here are some of my favorites: Butternut Squash Soup (always a crowd-pleaser so double the recipe!), Sausage, White Bean and Escarole SoupLower Alabama Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo, and Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

Prep And Store

If you are making a soup containing noodles, rice, or pasta, cook them just to al dente so that you do not overcook the noodles when you reheat the soup.

To make the task easy, do all of your chopping and prep work first.

Divide the ingredients between the recipes.

Allow the soup to cool before ladling into the freezer containers. If you are in a hurry, make an ice bath in the sink. Partially submerge the pot in the ice bath, making sure not to allow any water into the pot. Stir the soup frequently and it will quickly chill down.

Mark the container using a permanent marker with the name of the recipe and the date you made it You may want to note any ingredients that may cause allergic reaction: nuts, dairy, and wheat are frequent culprits.

Ladle the soup into the container, leaving about 1 1/2″ at the top. Remove as much air as you can before you seal the container or zip top bag. Seal well, checking to insure there are no leaks. Place containers in the freezer, allowing room between each container so that the air can circulate around them. Once frozen, you can stack them on top of one another.

When you are ready to use, simply put the container or frozen bag into warm water to thaw the soup slightly and loosen it then transfer the contents to a pot to heat thoroughly. (You can also use the microwave to thaw.) Add a toasted grilled cheese, some nice crusty bread, or a quick salad and you have a wonderful homemade dinner- ready in minutes.

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