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Dec 24, 2012 08:52 AM

Delay in making tortilla soup. How to freeze shredded chicken?

The plan was to make tortilla soup last night, so....

I made the stock.

I poached the chicken and shredded it/cut into bite size pieces. Then something happened and I wasn't able to continue with the soup last night and can't make it today either.

So I need to freeze the chicken, and stock. Should I freeze the chicken in some stock to cover, maybe?

Thanks for your help.

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  1. Making stock and poaching chicken are tasks I often "do ahead". Chicken is frozen in heavy-duty plastic zip bags, pressed flat to minimize air space. Stock frozen separately (also in zip bags in *my* kitchen), generally in measured amounts. Freezing the ingredients separately gives me the best flexibility for future use.
    If you choose rigid containers, rather than flexible bags, I would recommend adding enough stock to cover the chicken, as you have suggested.

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    1. re: KarenDW

      Will do as you suggest. Thanks, Karen!!

      1. re: KarenDW

        That is what we do, too. We generally use the Foodsaver vacuum "shrinker" if we are saving the meat more than a few days.

      2. It is possible to freeze the chicken in the stock

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        1. re: scubadoo97

          Thanks scubadoo. I did freeze the chicken in some stock. I froze the rest separate for other purposes.

          Thanks to all.