How Long Does Soup Last in the Fridge? Soup Storage the Pro Way

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Hey there, soup lovers! John Bird here, former chef at the legendary Boat Basin Cafe in NYC. With fall in full swing and winter on the way, it’s officially soup season.

But have you ever wondered how long that delicious homemade soup actually stays good in the fridge or freezer?

Today, I’m sharing my insider knowledge to help you store soup like a pro for maximum freshness and flavor.

How Long Does Soup Last In The Fridge?
How Long Does Soup Last In The Fridge

Let’s start with the basics. Here’s a handy chart showing the shelf life of various soups, straight from USDA food safety guidelines:

Soup TypeFridge Time (Days)Freezer Time (Months)
Clear, veggie-based3 – 44 – 6
Cream-based1 – 2Not recommended
Chicken soup3 – 54 – 6
Potato soup*3 – 54 – 6
Tomato soup44 – 6

Note: Potato soup’s life depends on ingredients. Creamy versions may only last 1-2 days.

Factors That Affect The Shelf Life Of Soup

Factors That Affect The Shelf Life Of Soup
Factors That Affect The Shelf Life Of Soup

So what affects a soup’s shelf life? Temperature is key.

Soups should never sit out for over 2 hours—cool ’em down quickly before storing. Airtight containers are a must for the fridge, while freezer-safe ones prevent freezer burn.

And watch those ingredients! Soups with dairy, meat, or seafood spoil faster than veggie ones. Acidic tomato soups have an edge since they slow bacterial growth.

How can you tell if your soup’s gone south?

Hot delicious beef soup close-up. Homemade soup with meat, vegetables and gnocchi.
hot delicious beef soup close up homemade soup with meat vegetables and gnocchi

Trust your senses! Toss that soup if it smells sour or rancid, has visible mold or discoloration, looks slimy or separates, or tastes seriously “off.”

Remember, food poisoning is never worth the risk.

Speaking of risks, eating expired soup is a big no-no. Bacterial growth from improper storage can leave you hugging the toilet.

Mold can trigger allergies and breathing troubles. Plus, old soups lose nutrients and flavor. Food safety first, folks!

How to Extand your Soup’s Life?

If you want to extend your soup’s life, freezing is your best friend.

Just cool hot soups to room temp within 2 hours pre-freezing. Opt for freezer bags laid flat (space savers!) or rigid freezer-safe containers.

💁🏻‍♂️ Pro tip: Label bags/containers with the soup type and date. Freeze for up to 6 months for best flavor, though most soups stay safe indefinitely.

To thaw those frozen assets, pop ’em in the fridge for 24-48 hours. Need soup faster? Submerge the container in cold H2O, swapping out the water every 30 min.

For reheating, go low and slow on the stove, stirring often. Sturdy pots prevent scorching. Shoot for 165°F and a 2-min simmer to lock in safety.


Is week-old soup safe?

Nope, 3-4 days max in the fridge, folks.

Can I add fresh stuff to old soup? 

Sure, but it won’t buy you extra fridge time.

Help, my frozen soup’s an ice block! 

Thaw it in a cold water bath, changing the H2O every 30 min. Avoid room temp thawing.

Can I refreeze thawed soup? 

For quality and safety, I wouldn’t. Just thaw what you can chow down in a few days.


There you have it, soup aficionados! The 411 on storing soup for ultimate enjoyment. When in doubt, use common sense and don’t chance getting sick from sketchy leftovers.

Whip up smart portions, store ’em right, and savor that soup magic all season.

Until next time, I’ll be here at, serving up more kitchen wisdom. Stay souper, friends!

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