Freezing Onions. I would have never thought about having pre-chopped onions in my freezer. But, oh my, how convenient it is!
Full disclosure: Chopping onions is the bane of my existence. Can you relate?
And have you noticed that all recipes start by: Chop x amount of onions. That’s why for a long time I skipped this step.
And later, I just stopped buying them altogether.
But, the truth is onions add a lot of flavor in cooking. They also add texture. And, no I am not talking about big chunks of onions floating on your plate. That’s definitely not for me. But if you enjoy them, then please don’t invite me over for dinner. I kid of course. I would love to come over and I would bake a cake to bring too.
What onions do in a recipe, is thicken the sauce. And add a boatload of flavor of course!
And then I had my lightbulb moment: Use my mini chopper (or mini food processor if you will). It was one of those moments when you think “Why didn’t I think about it sooner!?”
The problem with using any appliance is that they grow the number of dishes that you have to do afterward. I don’t mind doing it but since I am not enjoying it either I usually try to minimize the load.
So instead of busting out my “helper” every day, I found it more convenient to just chop as many onions as I can at once. Then I lay them flat on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper, you can also use silicone mats. I find that the latter works best. Then I put them in the freezer for an hour or so. Once they are mostly frozen I put them in zip lock freezer bags and store them in the freezer for future use.
When it’s time to cook I just pull them out and use them frozen. No need to defrost. Keep in mind that whenever you add frozen ingredients to your food they are going to significantly lower the temperature of the food. You might need to temporarily adjust the heat to keep your food at the desired cooking temperature.
And that’s it!
Freezing onions can be a lifesaver!
Now go chop and freeze some onions. You will thank yourself later.
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