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How to Freeze Soup, Beans, and Broth

How to Freeze Soup, Beans, and Broth
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Quart- or gallon-sized zip-top freezer bags

4-cup fluid measuring cup or other tall, skinny container

1-cup measuring cup

Canning funnel, if you have one

Baking sheet


Place one of the freezer bags in the 4-cup measuring cup or other container. Use one hand to hold the bag open and use your other hand to fill the bag using a measuring cup. Remember to leave a little room in the bag to allow space for liquids to expand as they freeze.

Press out as much air as you can from the bags; I often use a straw to suck out as much air as possible. Seal the bags and label them with the contents.

Stack the bags on the baking sheet. Place in the freezer and freeze until solid.

Once frozen, you can remove the baking sheet and store the bags however you like. It's likely that the bags have conformed to each other as they froze; gently pull them apart if needed.

To thaw overnight or during the day in the fridge, place the bag in a Tupperware or other container to hold the bag as the food thaws. To thaw in the microwave, place the bag on a dinner plate and thaw in bursts until you can break the food apart or wiggle it out of the bag. Transfer the food to a bowl or other container and finish thawing.