Like any good Kenji Lopez fan, I’m against most single purpose kitchen gadgets (think Rollie vertical egg cooker or avocado slicer). The keyword there is most. Every now and then, I’ll get so fed up with something that I’m willing to give some of these products a try (I’m looking at you, Bear Paws).
I will often make chicken stock and soups in bulk so that I can freeze some for later. At first, I was using mason jars and those plastic to-go soup containers, but I found it to be a huge pain in the ass to get my frozen item out of whatever random receptacle I used. My containers were usually pretty large, so I had to choose between portioning out and losing valuable freezer space, or freezing my stock in one big jar and losing the ability to portion. Enter the Souper Cube.
What are Souper Cubes?
Souper Cubes are essentially an oversized silicone ice cube tray meant for freezing your stocks, soups, sauces, and smoothies. Each individual cube slot is flexible, so it’s s(o)uper easy to pop out a single cube. While the cube slots are very flexibile, the overall build is fairly rigid so you can stack them in the freezer filled with liquids no problem. They come in 1/2 cup, 1 cup, and 2 cup sizes, but personally, I love the 1 cup size because it’s a good portion size. They are really easy to clean by handwashing, but they are dishwasher safe too!
Tips for using your Souper Cube
I bought my first one over a year ago , and now I have four of them (I’ve been meaning to write this review for a long time, but I’m just lazy). Even if you love them as much as I do, you definitely don’t need to buy multiple if four cubes is not enough. Once frozen, you can just pop out the cubes and put them into a zip lock bag! In my experience, I haven’t had any issues with the frozen cubes sticking to each other.
When defrosting soups/stews to eat in the microwave, the easiest way to do it is:
- Microwave for 1-2 min
- Break the cube up with a fork (trust me, the fork is the easiest way to do it)
- Microwave for 1-2 min
- Finish microwaving
The fork method applies to stove top as well. Basically, you just want to break it up so that it heats up more evenly. If you try to melt down the whole cube without breaking it apart, it can take forever!
If you can’t already tell, I love these things. I love them so much I’ve told all my friends and family, and gave them to people as Christmas presents. I don’t know why, but it actually brings me joy to use these things. Maybe it’s how satisfyingly well they work, or maybe I just love having a freezer full of soup bricks at my disposal. No, you’re right, it’s both. Anyways, if you also tend to make lots of stocks or soups, I highly recommend giving Souper Cubes a shot. Let me know if you love them as much as I do!