Read on to find out everything you need to know about freezing lentil soup successfully at the comfort and ease of your home!
This comprehensive guide tells it to you exactly at is: covering everything from when should you freeze lentil soup, to how, in detailed steps, along with all the tips and hacks you need to make sure you freeze the soup in the most efficient, easiest way possible with the least hassles.
Put together with the help of time-tested personal experience, expert opinion, and hours’ worth of research, and this guide is your best friend when it comes to freezing lentil soup!
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Lentil Soup?
- How to Freeze Lentil Soup
- Freezing Freshly Made Lentil Soup All Together
- Freezing Freshly Made/Leftover Lentil Soup in Portions
- Freezing Lentil soup in Ice Cube Trays
- How to Freeze Cooked Lentils
- How Long Can You Freeze Lentil Soup?
- How to Store Frozen Lentil Soup?
- How to Defrost Frozen Lentil Soup?
- Can You Re-freeze Frozen Lentil Soup?
- Does Lentil Soup Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Sturdy spoon
- Resealable airtight freezer bag / airtight freezer-safe container with tight-fitting lid
Prep the lentil soup for freezing - What this basically consists of is to make sure that there are no food debris left mixed in with your leftover lentil soup.
If not removed carefully, these will significantly speed up the degradation process of the ingredients of your lentil soup inside the freezer.
Spoon the lentil soup into an airtight container or freezer bag - Once prepped, use a sturdy spoon to transfer your leftover lentil soup into either an airtight freezer-safe container that has a tight-fitting lid (a Tupperware will do) or a resealable airtight Ziplock bag.
Whichever you go with, it would be helpful to choose a bag or container that fits all of the leftover soup in it without leaving too much space for air. At the same time, take care to not fill the bag/container to the brim with the soup, as the liquid may expand while freezing.
Seal securely and freeze - Make sure you squeeze out any excess air from inside the freezer bag and then seal it securely. If you are using a freezer-friendly container, snap on the lid tightly. Label the bag with the storage date, and it is ready to freeze!
Always note that the freezer bags or containers that you choose to freeze the leftover soup in are of good quality and have been thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and washed before you freeze your lentil soup in them.
Freezing Freshly Made Lentil Soup All Together
Suppose you have made a sizeable batch of lentil soup and wish to store it for some occasion later. In that case, you can use this method;
it is also quite simple and allows you to defrost all of it at once, ready to serve! And for this one, we recommend a large, freezable rigid container.
Prepare your lentil soup as per recipe
If possible, avoid using mayonnaise or any sour cream-based ingredients that usually do not freeze well and would also degrade the overall freezing capacity of the lentil soup. Add them after thawing.
Spoon the lentil soup into an airtight container or freezer bag
Once prepped, use a sturdy spoon to transfer your fresh lentil soup into a large, rigid airtight freezer-safe container that has a tight-fitting lid.
Again, see to it that the container fits all of the soup in it without leaving too much space for air. Do not fill the container to the brim with the soup (leave around an inch of space!) as some ingredients may expand while freezing.
Make sure you snap on the lid tightly and securely.
Wrap the container with plastic wrap or foil
For one layer of added protection, especially against freezer burns, use some plastic wrap or foil to carefully and tightly wrap the entire container. Label the container with the storage date, and it is ready to freeze!
Just in case you haven’t actually made your soup yet and are just exploring your options, here is a quick refresher on the classic tasty lentil soup recipe:
Freezing Freshly Made/Leftover Lentil Soup in Portions
It is always, always strongly advised to freeze any food in serving portions, so that you are able to take, thaw, and use only as much as you need at a time without bothering the rest; that way, you can avoid having to thaw more than you need and then refreezing unnecessarily.
Spoon the lentil soup into small airtight freezer bags, based on serving portions
Divide the lentil soup into serving portions (as in, roughly the amount you would need each time), and put accordingly into small airtight freezer bags.
Do not fill to the brim; leave at least an inch to expand.
Seal and freeze
Before you seal the bags, squeeze out all the air from them possible. Then seal the bags very tightly and securely.
Label the bags, and pop them into your freezer. They are good to be frozen for up to three months!
If you are (understandably) feeling a little queasy about keeping soup in freezer bags, you can also transfer the pouches into one or multiple airtight freezer bags, or keep the soups directly in airtight, rigid, freezer-safe containers, whichever works best for you.
If you are sure that you will not be using up the entire amount of lentil soup you are freezing at one go, you should freeze the soup in this method.
That way, you can use the frozen lentil soup over a period of time, saving time, space and effort all at once!
Freezing Lentil soup in Ice Cube Trays
This is a very widely recommended, time-tested and fail-safe method! It helps preserve your lentil soup really well.
Additionally, this method also saves storage space; allows you to freeze and use in portions, which I always highly recommend.
Divide the lentil soup into single-serving portions
This is important as it makes your storing process much easier and more hassle-free, as well as the later processes like thawing.
Pour the soup according to serving portions into the ice cube trays
Do this carefully, and be sure to not fill the cubes to the brim with the lentil soup as it will expand while freezing.
Cover the ice trays with aluminum foil and flash-freeze
Once the ice trays have been covered securely with aluminum foil, stick them in the freezer and let the lentil soup flash-freeze for at least 5 to 6 hours. To be safe, you can even flash freeze overnight.
Transfer the cubes to airtight freezer bags
Once they have frozen properly into cubes, take the trays out, pop out the cubes and transfer them into airtight freezer bags. Do this process quickly so that the frozen lentil soup cubes do not start to thaw.
Seal securely, label and freeze.
Squeeze out as much excess air as possible from the freezer bags after putting the soup cubes inside. Once the bags are sealed securely and labeled, they are ready to freeze!
How to Freeze Cooked Lentils
If you choose to freeze cooked lentils by themselves instead of in soup form, that is a great ides as well! Cooked lentils also freeze quite well and are just as healthy and delicious!
Always note that the key is to cook them really well, and follow these instructions correctly.
After cooking, prep to freeze
To prep, simply make sure you drain your lentils after cooking and before freezing. This is to make sure that the lentils do not contain any moisture while freezing – if they do so, they might turn soft and mushy.
Strain the lentils a couple of times, and then drain using paper towels
Do as described. It is essential that the lentils do not have any more moisture before you freeze them.
Spoon them into a rigid, airtight freezer-safe container with a tight-fitting lid
You could use a freezer bag as well but I would strongly recommend using a container as it has better chances of protecting your lentils.
Seal securely, label and freeze
Make sure you snap the lid of your container on very tightly. Your container with the lentils inside must be completely airtight and watertight.
Label with the storage date, and your lentils are ready to freeze!
How Long Can You Freeze Lentil Soup?
For best results, the frozen lentil soup should not be kept in freezer storage for beyond 4 to 6 months and should ideally consumed within that time frame. Additionally, experts have confirmed that freezing lentil soup preserves its health and nutritional properties!
Note that, with the first method, that is, wherein your freeze the lentil soup all together, it might be wise to consume the lentil soup within no longer than six to seven months of freezing.
This is also I always recommend freezing with the storage date labeled. This way, you do not end up keeping the lentil soup in the freezer for too long.
How to Store Frozen Lentil Soup?
Lentil soup can be kept in freezer storage in airtight freezer bags, as prescribed in the methods above, whether homemade or store-bought, leftover or freshly-made, all together or separately in individual serving portions.
Other freezer storage tips include ensuring that the temperature in the freezer remains consistent and that the sealing has been done securely and carefully.
Remember that your lentil soup may not hold up well in the freezer even beyond a couple of weeks if the storage is not done properly, following all the instructions correctly and meticulously and making sure you use the best quality materials.
How to Defrost Frozen Lentil Soup?
To defrost frozen lentil soup, just transfer the container from the freezer to the fridge and allow the soup to thaw overnight. You can reheat if after that, and remember to stir well to recombine the ingredients properly together again.
Thawing in the refrigerator overnight it the best way to go about defrosting frozen lentil soup. If your soup is in a container, it can be kept directly it into the refrigerator.
If the lentil soup has been frozen in a bag, put the bag in a container first, and then into the refrigerator.
This way, if, the bag, by any chance, got damaged in the freezer, the soup will be prevented from spilling all over the place and making a mess. It is better to be safe than sorry.
If you need the soup thawed faster, don’t worry, there is a method for that as well. Simply submerge it in a container with cold water for a couple of hours.
However, it is recommended that you use this method only if absolutely necessary, and stick to the fridge thawing method.
Once the lentil soup is all thawed and nice, you can transfer it into a pot. Heat it over medium heat for a while. All the while, be sure to keep stirring the soup really well with a sturdy spoon or ladle, to recombine all the ingredients.
Can You Re-freeze Frozen Lentil Soup?
It is never a good idea to refreeze lentil soup. It can suffer significantly with regard to its texture, flavor, taste, and appearance. Therefore, it is best to avoid refreezing lentil soup.
Even for freezing, freezing in portions, is the most recommended as it lets you defrost and use only as much of it as you need, at a time, without having to go into the hassle of refreezing.
Try your best to use up the entire amount of lentil soup that you have thawed at one go without having any leftovers. In case you do end up with some, it is best to discard them as the chances are that they are simply not fit or safe for consumption anymore.
Does Lentil Soup Freeze Well?
Freezing lentil soup is an excellent way to preserve its optimal condition for as long as possible, so yes, it does indeed freeze quite well. Freezing lentil soup does not affect any of its properties, and very minimally affects quality, texture of flavor in any way at all.
That said, do not end up keeping the lentil soup in the freezer indefinitely. That is a sure-shot way to render it unusable.
Otherwise, as described, you can actually keep lentil soup in freezer storage for a considerably long time (4 to 6 months!) Just defrost carefully too.
When it comes to soup, you may want to take a few precautions before using a vacuum sealer.
First of all, put the lentil soup in the bag or container and place it in the freezer for a couple of hours so it goes solid. Then, use the vacuum sealer to take out the air and create the perfect seal.
Yes, absolutely. Tupperware containers are actually known to be freezer-safe, and will also protect your lentil soup from absorbing the other freezer flavors and odors.
Lentil soup works great with a whole variety of different light food items, including a salad, some grilled meat or fish, some dinner rolls or even garlic toast! Bon Appetit!
Yes! Lentil soups are incredibly healthy, packed with nutritious benefits. An excellent source of protein and great for keeping the body warm, the good news is that freezing preserves all of these health and nutritional qualities of lentil soups perfectly.
The consistency of your frozen and thawed lentil soup will largely depend on the type of lentils you have used. Green lentils, for instance, hold up well when frozen and thawed.
The same unfortunately cannot be said for brown lentils, as they hold more water.
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