Can you defrost soup in the microwave?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Can you defrost soup in the microwave?” and discuss some other ways to defrost soup safely as well. 

Can you defrost soup in the microwave?

Yes, you can defrost soup in the microwave. This method defrosts the soup very quickly. You can even serve the soup directly after reheating it in the microwave. 

To do this, transfer the soup in a microwave safe bowl. Partially cover it with a lid and then place it inside the microwave. Let it heat up for about two minutes or until it becomes less solid. At that point, use a spoon or a spatula to give it a mix. 

Then turn the microwave on again. Stop and stir every 30 seconds so that the soup is evenly heated up. Try to break up the chunks of soup as you stir it.

Can you defrost soup in the fridge?

Yes, you can defrost soup in the fridge. In fact it is one of the safest methods for defrosting something. This is because food placed at temperature 40 or below is protected against contamination. This eliminates the risk of getting sick due to eating spoiled or contaminated food. 

To defrost soup in the fridge, take it a night before you want to cook it or consume it. Then leave it in its original packaging and place it in a shallow bowl or a plate so catch all the liquids and prevent them from dripping down in your fridge. 

After that just leave it inside the fridge overnight. It will be ready to be cooked or served after reheating the next morning. Of course this method only works if you do remember to take out the soup a night before. 

Can you defrost soup in a plastic bag in the microwave?

Yes, you can defrost soup in a plastic bag in the microwave given that you are only defrosting and not cooking the soup. Plastic bags, like ziploc bags, usually have a high melting point. Higher than the microwaves we use at home. Also, food does not take that long to defrost in the microwave. 

You should leave an inch of the bag open so that there is an outlet for steam to exit. If you do not leave it open, steam will get collected inside and the plastic bag can burst or melt. 

If it melts on your soup, the soup would not be fit for consumption. You should also remember not to put the plastic bag inside the microwave for too long.

While this is all true for ziploc bags, it might not be true for other plastic bags. Some plastic bags with a lower melting point can also release harmful chemicals during the heating process. These chemicals can leach into your food making it unfit for consumption.

Can you defrost soup at room temperature?

No, you should never defrost soup at room temperature. This is because bacteria starts to grow and multiply at temperatures between 40 and 140. Your food will get contaminated and if you eat it, you can get food poisoning. 

Can you defrost soup in a cold water bath?

Yes, you can defrost soup in a cold water bath as well. If you forgot to take out the soup the night before or if you do not want to use the microwave, then a cold water bath is the way to go. 

To do this, simply take the soup out of the freezer and then place it inside a ziploc bag. Make sure it is tightly sealed so that no water enters it at all. Fill up a bowl with cold water and place the ziploc bag in it. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that you need to keep changing the water as soon as it comes back to room temperature so that bacteria does not have a chance to grow on it at room temperature. 

Learn more about safely defrosting food here

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Can you defrost soup in the microwave?” and discussed some other ways to defrost soup safely as well. 

Citations

https://www.nigella.com/ask/reheating-frozen-soup#:~:text=Transfer%20the%20frozen%20soup%20into,so%20that%20it%20thaws%20evenly.

https://www.wikihow.com/Defrost-Soup

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.