Soup is one of those easy and forgiving recipes. You add a bunch of ingredients, pour some liquid, and then you have a tasty treat. Some items, though, are best left to the very end.
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Most soups you can make in advance and even freeze for quick meals. The Kitchn explains that you can't add some ingredients in advance, though:
- Garnishes like herbs or spring onions may wilt and lose the crunch (exceptions: rosemary, thyme)
- Cheese: could separate out into an oily mush (exception: parmesan rind)
- Seafood and eggs: cooks fast and could turn rubbery
- Hot sauce and citrus juices: lose their punch (exception: put it in early to tone the flavour)
If your recipe uses these ingredients, feel free to do your advance prep up until that point. If I freeze soup, I just mark at what point I stopped in the recipe on the bag. If you're working from a recipe you found, these instructions will likely be there already -- but it's handy to know if you're working on-the-fly. Check out the link for the full list.