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    Default Boy, I feel stupid asking this...

    My MIL makes the world's best vegetable soup, and she recently made us a pot. I froze some in Gladware, but now I have a problem:

    How do I use it?! Do I just leave it out all day to thaw and then heat it up? Will it go bad if I leave it out? More importantly, can I thaw it, use some of it, then re-freeze the rest?

    In case it matters, it contains roast, tomato paste, potatoes, and mixed vegetables.

    TIA...I'm pretty much a moron when it comes to the kitchen.

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    I would microwave it in the container if you want to eat it right away. Or else put it in the refrigerator the day before you want to use it and let it thaw slowly, then heat it in a pot the usual way. I wouldn't leave it out all day to defrost -- seems chancy, especially with the temperature getting warmer.

    I also would not re-freeze it... My mom always said that anything with meat in it can only be frozen once before it's cooked and once after its cooked. But maybe other ladies have done this without a problem?

    In any case, it sounds yummy!

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    I wouldn't be afraid to let it partially thaw out....I don't microwave in plastic. It won't take long before you can dump it out of the gladware into a pan and turn it on low (add just a tad bit of water) and then warm up or, just let put it in your fridge (frozen) and let it partially thaw over night. In the morning dump it in a pan or crockpot to warm up or wait and do it just a little while before dinner.

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    i agree with krissyre...
    don't refreeze again!

    however, let it thaw in the fridge, like she said as well.
    if you need a quicker thaw, set it on the counter when you get home from work, for instance, for the last couple hrs in a "warmer" (than the fridge) environment.


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    I was going to suggest letting it thaw a little and then dumping it in a crockpot to warm, but Lisa already beat me to it. :-)

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    Don`t leave it out all day or refreeze. I agree setting out awhile after you get home. put in pot and add a little water.

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    I also don't microwave in plastic. You can run warm water over the Gladware until the soup frees itself from the edges. Then warm up the soup in a saucepan slowly so it doesn't burn. Sounds good

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    Thanks. I'm bummed I can't re-freeze. Next time I'll know to freeze it in single-serving portions.

    Do you think it would be ok to heat it, use some of it, then put some in the fridge until the next day? Or is that also too risky?

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    You should be able to keep it several days in the refrigerator. But I would recommend not microwaving it then - put whatever you want in a pan and be sure that it actually boils a couple of minutes.

    If you plan to eat future MIL bounty in a few days, I wouldn't freeze it at all if it contains potatoes. They'll probably turn rather mushy.

    Get her recipe. Soup is very easy to make.

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