Making Frozen Chinese Soup in Bulk at Home (Saving Time and Effort)!
One guiding principle in Traditional Chinese Medicine is the yin yang theory. In the natural world, there exists a balance between 2 opposing and co-existing forces and yet, they also exist in each other. Our bodies, minds, and souls are designed the same way in that to be healthy, we need to be in harmony between these 2 states. Yin is receptive and passive, calm and slow, embodying cold and damp qualities (when we are sleeping). Yang is its exact opposite in aggressive and active, embodying heat, dryness, and movement (when we are awake).
One of our mission at The Chinese Soup Lady is to bring these principles into the foods and drinks we consume in order to support harmony.
How to use this guide:
- This is purely a reference guide
- Do see a Chinese medicine practitioner as this information is not a replacement for a doctor
- You can follow this guide on symptoms of yin and yang balance as a start
The benefits of making Chinese soup in bulk (frozen).
This idea started out as a delivery to a friend. She was sick, super busy, and had a lot going on in her life, so I packed a few soup packs for her. I was super primitive then, using saran wrap very poorly and causing so much waste, only to have some of them come undone in the freezer!
So that’s where I tested a few affordable options of vacuum sealers at home. I wasn’t sure where I was going with it (follow your passion right?).
However, sharing this because so many people have started asking me how to make these, what equipment I’m using, and what the best combinations are.
I have also been sharing with friends and seeking feedback to make this a better experience! Tips below!
The Business Case
So, what is the real quantifiable benefit of this? It’s not an exact science at this point, but I am looking to do a more a thorough time study one day. Just out of interest.
I did a survey when I first initially created these for friends and the time saving is phenomenal.
On average, it takes someone 2-3 hours of time to make a Chinese soup (beginning to end with checking). Compared to using frozen premade soup packs using a rice cooker, it takes 5 minutes of work (and then 60 mins of no supervision) with an upfront investment of 2-3 hours to make 6 soup packs. So on average, you are saving 14 hours of time over 6 soups. The math isn’t perfect, but this was my best estimate based on answers from friends.
I would love to hear about your experience – you can leave it in the comments below or on any of my socials and I will collect it as a data point!
EQUIPMENT USED FOR MAKING FROZEN SOUP PACKS
I get this question a lot, especially as I am now making more clips of these soup packs as showcased above. The real additional equipment you'll need is the vacuum sealer and bags. You can most certainly boil these in pots as well. I would love to hear your comments on how this is going and how you're finding the different equipment. My house has now turned into a soup factory - literally! LOL.
Start with a low cost option that also comes with a few pre-sealed bags. You really don't need anything fancy to do this job!
These come in handy especially as you finish the ones that come with the starter kit. And I tend to give a lot of my soup packs to friends! HOORAY!
I get this question a lot about which rice cooker I am using. It is a 1 L (5 cups) one that I use in both HK and Toronto. Amazing product!
Additional tips for making Chinese soup packs in bulk (for freezing):
I won’t go into too much detail here as all the details are in the video post, but I will add some overarching things to think about as you embark on this journey!
- It is all about experimentation and experiencing different recipes and combinations as frozen soup products for you and your family. Don’t be afraid to try try try… and if it didn’t work out, try something, or try again later.
- Teach your children to make the soups themselves, too! This is such a helpful step and if they can use a rice cooker, they can make this soup.
- Give the love of soup. See further down. I am a huge advocate of creating and giving and spreading LOVE and in this way, LOVE is through soups!
- You can definitely do with sweet Chinese soups as well, such as sweet potato dessert soup! The vegetables become soft and you can drop in the sugar really towards the end and mix and serve!
GIVE LOVE through SOUPS!
I actually do this as part of my personal mission to create love, give, and spread love around the world.
You see, creating love doesn’t have to be this big rah rah thing. It can be as simple as making extra soup packs for your busy friends, for people who want to make soups (but don’t know how), or people who want to experience Chinese soups and their benefits, or anyone whom you wish to offer your gift (that’s not for me to judge) 💗💗💗.
And I have found a way I can spread love with something that I am deeply passionate about! How beautiful! Just something to think about as you “spread” your own “love” through your highest excitement! It truly is such a wonderful thing for me, to share this blog, my videos, my experiences, my soup packs to everyone!
Chinese soups that make great candidates for making frozen bulk soup packs