In this blog post, we’ll share five leftover soup container tips that’ll keep your food tasting delicious. So if you’re looking for a way to make the most of these containers, be sure to read on below.
What are Soup Containers?
The first thing to note about leftover soup containers is that they’re great for storing food. While they’re not used just for storing soup, they certainly do it well.
Even if you’re not a soup fan, you can use leftover soup containers to store other types of leftover food including. Moreover, you can use them to store food that needs a little more attention than your standard storage containers.
So, whether you’re looking to make a little extra food storage room or you’re hoping to use up some leftovers in a more creative way, these tips and tricks can help make your food taste more delicious than your previous leftovers.
Tips to Keep Food Tasting Delicious
1. Don’t Overfill Your Containers
Okay, so it might seem like a no-brainer, but as you probably know, people tend to fill leftover soup containers too much, at times.
The issue with this is that overfilled containers may not seal properly, especially when freezing leftovers as ice tends to cause expansion. Additionally, the lack of air-tightness may cause the food to spoil more quickly and/or the flavour to lose some of its potency due to mixing with other aromas within your freezer/refrigerator unit.
2. Freeze Soup or Food in Single-Serving Containers
Freezing an entire batch of leftovers with multiple portions can be a problem- this is due to the fact that once frozen, the food may be difficult to separate, forcing you to thaw all of it and potentially leading to wastage. Instead, you can use the leftover containers to store single or double-serving food portions- this way, you are able to control the amount that is reheated, portion based on requirements, and avoid excess wastage.
3. Line Your Container with Plastic Wrap
The key to efficiently freezing soup is keeping as much air as possible (which also helps reduce the risk of freezer burn) out. If you prefer jars to bags, an excellent way to do this is to line the top of the container with plastic wrap before putting it on the lid.
4. Learn Which Soups You May and Cannot Freeze.
When it comes to freezing capabilities, not all soups are made equal. For example, you should not freeze dairy-based soups since the fats may separate in the freezer, resulting in a fractured soup when reheated.
Likewise, soups with a lot of veggies and soups with portions of pasta or grains may have a very mushy feel when thawed. Soups high in beans or meat (like chili), broth-based, or pureed, however, are excellent for freezing.
5. Reheat Soups on a Stovetop, or a Slow Cooker
When trying to make the most of your containers, it doesn’t make sense to try reheating your soup in a microwave as this may cause an uneven distribution of heat and over cook some components. Instead consider using a stove top or slow cooker to ensure that your soup is reheated gradually and evenly.
These two options are much more controlled and can help your soup retain its texture, flavour and look.
While leftover soup containers help store food, they’re also great for reheating your leftovers. So, if you’re not a soup fan, don’t let that stop you from making the most of these containers.
Instead, use them to store food that needs a little more attention, like single-serving portions of food. Or you can use them to store food that needs to be kept for longer, like curries, sides, casseroles, and stews.
Whether you’re looking to make the most of your leftover soup containers or you’re hoping to use up some of those old containers in a more creative way, these tips and tricks will help you make the most of these containers.
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