If you know me, you would know how obsessed I am with cooked cabbage soup. I can literally live on it for the rest of my life. That’s why it didn’t take me too long to wonder whether or not I could freeze the delicious and flavorful cooked cabbage soup.
Yes. You can easily and successfully freeze cabbage soup and preserve its amazing taste for a good amount of time. Don’t sweat it!
The taste and texture shouldn’t differ as long as you follow the freezing steps I am going to share with you precisely.
The good news is. You can freeze either homemade or store-bought canned cabbage soup. So, you will always have yourself a flavorful, economical, and low-calorie warm dinner in the freezer, ready to be enjoyed!
How to freeze cooked cabbage soup
Before you follow the step-by-step guide to freezing, you have to ensure that your freshly cooked soup is cool enough to at least room temperature before trying to freeze it. That could be achieved by separating the hot cabbage soup bulk into separate containers to facilitate its cooling.
An extra tip you should bear in mind: freezing the soup in small portions will be easier when you want to defrost it later on. It will take less time to defrost and will exactly be the portion you will need.
- Once you have made sure that the soup is cold and has reached at least room temperature, pour it into either a plastic tub, zip-lock bag, or even a glass jar. You can choose the size of container you need so that you will have yourself defined portions.
- Label the container containing the cabbage soup with the date and the contents of the container so that it is easier for you to later on distinguish it from all the stored food.
Bear in mind, though, that the cabbage soup can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days without any change in taste or texture.
The soup might be a bit thin after freezing, but nothing a tablespoon of heavy cream can’t fix!
How long can cooked cabbage soup last in the freezer?
It can stay in the freezer for up to 6 months. And even longer, but don’t expect it to hold the same premium quality!
How to defrost cooked cabbage soup
I prefer to defrost my cabbage soup slowly in the fridge on the top shelf overnight. It is the safest method for any frozen food.
A much quicker alternative is to just place it in the microwave after adjusting it to “Defrost” settings and wait for a few minutes.
How to reheat cabbage soup
You have many options when it comes to reheating cabbage soup after freezing. One of which is reheating the cabbage soup in a glass or plastic jar covered with cling film that will prevent the soup from overflowing while bubbling.
Another option is to reheat your soup inside a large pot on the stovetop. It might be a bit slower than the microwave method. However, the soup won’t be too runny.
Remember, if by any chance, the soup was thin and runny, you can add some heavy cream to dense it up and give it an extra creamy and delicious flavor.
The most important thing that you need to keep in mind when reheating any frozen food is the final temperature of the food. Which should be over 75°c for at least 30 seconds or 80°c for at least 6 seconds. You can check the temperature using a digital thermometer every few minutes…
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