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Make Freezer-Friendly Soups Now to Thaw on Snow Days

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Hot soup on a cold day just makes sense. But running out and getting ingredients when your car is buried in snow? Not so much. No, you want to stay snug in your bed, watching flakes float down into puffy piles while listening to Bon Iver until noon. (Just me?) And, with the help of your freezer, you can have hot soup at the ready and laze around, too.

From thick purées to garlicky broths, it’s hard to find a soup that doesn’t freeze well (although it’s best to avoid potato or dairy-based recipes). After simmering a big pot, freeze soups in quantities you can quickly thaw, like quart-sized containers (and make sure to leave an inch at the top because liquid expands as it freezes). When you’re ready to eat, place the soup container in a warm water bath until fully thawed, then turn it into a pot. If you're impatient, you can thaw it until you're able to loosen the frozen soups from the sides, then pop it out into a pot. Either way, warm the soup over medium-low heat, stirring to keep it from scalding.

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Good news: soup keeps for up to three months in the freezer, so if you make a batch now, you're set all winter long. Here, we've gathered 14 recipes to make now, freeze, and thaw when you're snowed in. You can worry about shoveling out the car later.

Andrea Nguyen's Vegan "Chicken" Phở
Andrea Nguyen's Vegan "Chicken" Phở
Turkish Red Lentil Soup
Turkish Red Lentil Soup
Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup
Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup
Roasted Cauliflower and Harissa Soup

Roasted Cauliflower and Harissa Soup by Kirthana | Theblurrylime

White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage

White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage by Kendra Vaculin

Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup

Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup by Genius Recipes

Brothy, Garlicky Beans

Brothy, Garlicky Beans by Merrill Stubbs

Anna Thomas' Green Soup
Anna Thomas' Green Soup
Frances Moore Lappé's Lentils, Monastery Style
Frances Moore Lappé's Lentils, Monastery Style
Winter-Warming, Freezer-Friendly, Pantry-Cleaning Soup

Winter-Warming, Freezer-Friendly, Pantry-Cleaning Soup by Nicholas Day

Green Chile, Chicken, Posole Soup

Green Chile, Chicken, Posole Soup by dymnyno

Roasted Carrot Soup

Roasted Carrot Soup by Reeve

Thomas Keller's Butternut Soup with Brown Butter, Sage, and Nutmeg Crème Fraîche

Thomas Keller's Butternut Soup with Brown Butter, Sage, a... by Genius Recipes

Cabbage and Meatball Soup
Cabbage and Meatball Soup

What do you do on snow days? Share your perfect plans in the comments below!


Tags: freezer-friendly, freezer soups, thawing, snow day