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How to Seal Your Soup

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No more canned soup. Ever. That's what a vacuum sealer can do for you. Homemade soup doesn't last forever—it might have a longer shelf life than fish, but it can turn in about a week in the fridge, and that's probably where you put your leftover stews and soups. So if you want to seal in the freshness of any soup or stew, freezing it, then preserving it with a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer, is the smartest way to go. Here’s how to vacuum seal soup:

Freeze it First
Although freezing is the answer, it’s not quite as simple as putting the liquid into a container and popping it into your freezer. If not done right, freezing liquids can have its own set of problems.

  • Freezer burn: Without the right container, soups can get freezer burn easily, which has a noticeable flavor cost.
  • Spillage: If you vacuum seal a soup while it's still a liquid, it will probably get quite messy. (People do try, though, which is why we include a drip tray with the FoodSaver 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System!)
  • Liquid expansion: As anyone who has put a can of soda in the freezer can attest, liquids tend to expand when frozen. If this were to happen with your soup, it could break the seal of your vacuum sealer bag.

So, what’s the trick? You have to freeze soups, stews, or other liquids before vacuum sealing. Put your soup in a container or a FoodSaver bag, cover/seal it, and put it in the freezer.

Transfer the Soup and Vacuum Seal
Once the soup is fully frozen, take it out of the freezer, remove it from its container, and put it into a FoodSaver vacuum bag. Now that it’s solid, it’s much easier to handle, and you'll be able to tightly vacuum seal the soup without flooding your drip tray. This is the easiest way to save tasty soup or stew for a rainy day.

How long will FoodSaver vacuum bags keep your soup fresh? It won't just lock in the flavor for the season—it will preserve it for two to three years. That's comparable to a can, and vacuum sealing is far easier to do than canning a homemade meal yourself.

Enjoy a Quick Homemade Meal
When you're ready, take your homemade soup or stew out of the freezer, remove it from the vacuum sealer bag, and warm it up. You'll have a delicious meal ready in no time. It's a simple way to save time, money, and all that prep work.