Wednesday, March 24, 2010

WFMW: Freezing & Storing Onions

One of the things I have been doing instead of blogging lately is chopping and freezing onions - A LOT of onions! I got carried away last week when Aldi's had their 3lb bags of onions on sale for .69 ea. I bought 9 pounds of onions! I use onions a lot in cooking, so when I run across a good deal, I always stock up. I like to chop them and freeze them. It's taken a little time and some smelly lessons but this is what works for me!

I chop one whole onion. I do it the old fashion way, knife and cutting board.

Put the chopped onion into a labeled freezer bag. Make sure it's a freezer bag and not the sandwich bags. There is a difference, and you will want the thicker freezer bag. That's one of those lessons I had to learn.

Make sure you lay the bags flat and freeze flat so that you don't have a frozen ball of onions.

Now, this is the important part about freezing onions! Double bag the individual bags! Unless, you want your whole freezer (and refrigerator if you you don't have a separate freezer) to smell like onions, you Must put the bags in another bag. What works for me is to put the individual small bags into a larger Ziploc freezer bag. And then put another one over that. I just re-use the 2 big bags because they do not get dirty. I can store at least 10 small bags (laid flat) in these larger bags.

When I have a recipe that calls for onion, I can just pull one of the bags out and throw in the chopped onion. I cannot taste a difference.

This is what works for me! Do you have any food storage or shortcut tips? Please let me know, I'm always looking for more efficient ways to do things!

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Blogger Debbie said...

What a great idea! I just bought a lot of onions, too, and froze them. I double-bagged, but this seems easier. I put them all in the large ziploc and put that in a regular shopping bag, but taking out the onions is kind of annoying and the shopping bag isn't sufficiently smell-proof. I wish I had read this a week ago! At least I know for next time :)

March 25, 2010 at 6:33 AM  

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