I like to serve bowls of steaming hot soups for meals, especially for dinners and on raining days. They warm up our tummies and nourish our bodies. Soups are not difficult to make but preparation takes some time.
Now I make 2 to 4 frozen soup kits to store in the freezer. The basic idea is to pre-cut all the plant ingredients and freeze them in a portion you normally use for your soups. That way, you just grab a kit and dump them into the pot when you need them. They’ve proven to be a life-saver and soups made with these kits are still nutritious because freezing reduces nutrient loss.
To blanch or not to blanch
If you research on freezing plant ingredients, you’ll get a lot of advice to blanch them before freezing, because cooking stops growth enzymes in plant ingredients and enables you to keep them fresh for longer. I don’t blanch anything I put in my soup kits, because they’re used up within 2 weeks – this makes assembling them much faster and fuss free.
To separate or not to separate
I don’t freeze meat and plant ingredients for soups together because
– I don’t like the idea of them mixing together when they are raw.
– I always blanch my meats before using them in soups, so they’re going to be handled separately anyway.
– I use spare ribs from this brand called Porkee and they are so well compartmented and packed, there is no reason to risk contamination either.
I used to make my own broth to freeze and use whenever, but now I tend to buy the premium chicken broth from Kee Song (Redmart / NTUC / Kee Song website) and use them in my soups. It’s a quick fix if I need to make soup on a short notice and – I’ve tried and tested, they’re good stuff.
How to store soup kits
I prefer to store my soup kits in these freezer containers by Glad (not sponsored, see first picture) because
– storage is see-through so I easily know which soup kit I am grabbing
– easy to clean, so it removes the use and throw mindset in me as compared to using freezer bags.
– space saving in storage because both the container and the lids are stackable.
WHAT HAPPENED ON AN UNPREPARED DAY
To illustrate how quick and convenient it is, I’ll show you what happened last week. It was raining and I wanted to serve something hot for dinner. I had a soup kit that was not completely emptied because there was too much to fit my pot, so I grabbed them, together with some frozen tomatoes and potatoes and made ABC soup without the corn. If I added macaroni, it could have been a complete meal. That simple!
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