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Left chicken noodle soup out for 3 hours

I finished making the soup (homemade) at 9:30 pm. I divided it up into a few portions. I checked the individual portions at 11:30 pm and they were still warm. I then checked at 12:30 am and they were really cold. I quickly put the portions into the freezer, but now I'm worried that I was too late from what I have read online. Please help?

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  1. It's not too late; I've had this happen before and I lived to type this post.

    1. if they were ice cold, they're safe.

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      1. I do this all the time - putting warm stuff in our fridge throws the temperature balance off and freezes the rest of the ingredients. Unless you were particularly unsanitary when transferring the soup, it will be fine.

        1. I'm crazy with stuff like this, so I won't even answer that part of the question.

          In the future, put the soup in a very very shallow dish to cool. The more surface area exposed to air (and the less "dense" the soup), the quicker it will cool. If I pour soup into pie dishes, it's cool enough to transfer to the fridge within 30 minutes. Then, once it's totally cold, I'll transfer to the freezer.

          I also appreciate the tip I see all over food magazines to freeze soup in Ziploc bags--just fill, then lay them flat to freeze. That way you can stack them once frozen, or line them up like books on a shelf.

          1. The only thing I'd worry about is the noodles getting mushy. Did you already put them in?

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            1. re: kitchengardengal

              I used egg noodles, so maybe they are less likely to get mushy? I'm a beginner at cooking so as long as they are edible I don't care :)

              1. re: bdubs23

                Even egg noodles can soak up all your broth and leave you with chicken casserole!

                Maybe since you froze it quick, you may get lucky. I wouldn't plan on serving the thawed soup to guests, though.

                After a few disheartening episodes with over - soaked noodles, I began to cook the noodles separately and just put some in each soup bowl as I served them up.

                1. re: kitchengardengal

                  This is what I prefer to do as well. I leave the noodles out and make them whenever I serve the soup.