I’ve recently moved out of my parents’ house. Now, I’m faced with the fact that I am totally an amateur when it comes to cooking and about everything in the kitchen. I have no idea what needs to be frozen and what not. I wonder if I can freeze onions, or should I just refrigerate them?
Onions are almost always present in every cooked dish. Sometimes, we cut only the portion we need from a whole onion and toss aside the leftover.
Don’t make the mistake of refrigerating onions in the open because its odor will permeate all other foods in your fridge. The same is true when leaving your onions in their plastic bags; the lack of air ventilation diminishes its shelf life. Freeze onions in airproof containers, where its strongest flavor will stay up to a month or two.
Can You Freeze Onions
Frozen onions are available in grocery stores for everyone’s convenience. You can likewise do so with your leftover onions. They come in handy as you cook your meals in a hurry.
Ordinarily, freezing is not recommended. This is because onions can stay fresh even in room temperature, and much better when stored in cool, dry place. The ideal temperature is 32 up to 40 degree Fahrenheit.
If you freeze onions though, choose to freeze only the large and fully-matured ones. Freezing is your last resort if you still have some onions left and they are starting to sprout.
You don’t need to thaw frozen onions. When taking a portion out of the freezer, just cast the pieces directly into the dish you’re cooking.
Their frozen texture will not have that much effect especially with stews and soups. In fact, it may only lose much of its flavor if defrosted and the onion essence goes out with the liquid.
How to Freeze Onions
Freeze any peeled and sliced onion with the following steps so you can use them later for cooked dishes such as casseroles and stews:
- Rinse the whole onions under running water
- Peel and chop into preferred sizes
- Put the onion pieces into tightly-sealed containers or freezer bags and arrange the pieces in a single, even layer
- If possible, use as many small freezer bags for each individual portions that you need with every recipe
- Use heavy-duty or thicker freezer bags to prevent onion odor from seeping out (Ziploc sandwich bags are not recommended)
- Label the container with the content and the date you froze them
- If you store them in freezer bags, lay first the bags on a cookie sheet or any flat surface and freeze until solid and frozen enough (For easy storage and to prevent misshapen freezer bags from taking too much space in your freezer)
- Remove the cookie sheet and pile the even-layered onion bags in the freezer
How To Use Up Extra/Leftover Onions?
Onions are a staple in many recipes, but sometimes you find yourself with extra onions. Here are five delicious ways to use up your leftover onions:
- Make onion soup – One of the most classic ways to use up leftover onions is to make onion soup. Just sauté some onions in a pot with some butter and flour, and then add in chicken or beef broth. Let the soup simmer for a bit, and then enjoy!
- Add them to scrambled eggs – If you’re looking for a way to add some flavor to your scrambled eggs, try adding in some chopped onions. They’ll give the eggs a delicious and savory flavor that everyone will love.
- Make French onion dip – French onion dip is a delicious and easy way to use up leftover onions. Just mix together some chopped onions, sour cream, and spices, and you’re good to go.
- Add them to a grilled cheese sandwich – If you’re looking for a way to step up your grilled cheese game, try adding in some sautéed onions. They’ll give the sandwich a delicious flavor that everyone will love.
- Make onion rings – Onion rings are a classic snack that everyone loves. To make them, simply slice up some onions into rings, dip them in batter, and then fry them until they’re golden and crispy. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!
So there you have it – five delicious ways to use up your leftover onions. Next time you find yourself with extra onions, try one of these recipes and enjoy!
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Yes, you can freeze onions. Frozen onions will last for 4-8 months in the freezer if they are properly stored. To prepare your onions for freezing, simply rinse them in cold water and wipe them dry. Cut the onions into halves or quarters for faster results. Pack your desired number of onions in separate air-tight bags. Seal the bags well. Put the bags in the freezer. Store up to 8 months and label with today’s date that way you will know when you last stored your onions.
What is your experience with freezing onions? Share in the comment section below if you have any questions or would like to share your experience with freezing onions.