Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How to Preserve Onions in Your Freezer

Americans throw away nearly half their food due to spoilage. This means we are buying more food than we can use before it goes bad. The solution? Use more fresh fruits and veggies in your meals and become a food preservation ninja.

We use this simple trick to preserve our onions so that we never have to worry about whether or not they will start to mold before we can use them. PLUS it makes cooking later in the month SO easy.Whether I'm making a soup or mexican food, it's super convenient to have pre-chopped onions ready to throw into whatever I'm cooking.

Directions

Step 1: Cut each onion into quarters and remove the hard outer peel.

Step 2: Load the onion quarters into the food processor.

Step 3: Pulse the food processor until the onions are chopped to the coarseness you prefer.

Step 4: Fill a silicone muffin pan with 1/2 cup portions of diced onions and freeze. Once frozen, pop the onion balls out the muffin pan and store in a gallon size freezer bag.

Just keep your bag of onions in the freezer and throw your onion balls directly into whatever you are cooking. 


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14 comments:

  1. Great tip! Do you have any suggestions for preserving potatoes??

    Suzanna

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    1. You can can potatoes in a pressure canner (though I have not done it myself). For freezing, you can follow these instructions here: http://www.pickyourown.org/freezing_potatoes.htm

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    2. I parboil sliced potatoes, then put them in my dehydrator. I store them in a mason jar once they're completely dry. There's a way to vacuum pack the jar.

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  2. I can't get frozen onions to caramelize correctly. Do you have some tips for that or is it not possible?

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    1. I don't have tips for getting them to carmelize after freezing, but I do know that you can freeze carmelized onions. If you frequently use carmelized onions, it may be worthwhile to caramelize a large batch and then freeze them in small portions to use later.

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    2. Freezing onions makes the cell walls break and this causes them to thaw out weepy and mushy. Parboiling before freezing improves this.

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  3. This is a great tip! I just recently started doing weekly meal plans, and this is such a great way to reduce on waste! Thanks! Pinned this!

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  4. I actually buy frozen chopped onion because I hate it making me cry. Maybe I could handle this.

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    1. You can place your onion in the freezer for about 20 minutes before cutting."When" I do this it doesn't burn my eyes.

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    2. Wearing sunglasses can help when cutting onions. Also a nose plug :)

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    3. hold a match in your mouth or chew gum it works like a charm to stop the tears.

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  5. WOW, that is an awesome way to do that! Saw this on Pinterest and knew I had to stop over to see what it entailed! I'm also featuring this on PINASTIC Friday later today. Hope you stop by and say hello!
    Cindy @ crazyloucreations.blogspot.com

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  6. LOL
    We've done this for YEARS!!!
    But, I take the time to chop them as I, personally, don't like the inconsistancy of the "chop" when they're done in the processor.

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