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Old 11-20-2007, 10:30 AM   #1
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Freezing Onions

I have some red onions that are about to go south. Can I chop and freeze them and successfully use them?

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Old 11-20-2007, 10:36 AM   #2
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I wouldn't freeze them raw. You could saute them then freeze them or saute them with some mshrooms and freeze them.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:48 AM   #3
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I have some red onions that are about to go south. Can I chop and freeze them and successfully use them?
Raw--nope...frankly. Onions are pretty cheap--toss them out when they go bad.

You could cook them and freeze them, or get a dehydrator and dry them...
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:52 AM   #4
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I have frozen them with much success, but I've used a foodsaver with the proper bags.
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Freezing raw onions would be fine for soup, stews etc, for cooking with.
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:32 AM   #6
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Raw--nope...frankly. Onions are pretty cheap--toss them out when they go bad.
Cheap? Red onions? $2 a pound isn't cheap to me. I'm a single mom and every penny counts.

I do have one of those Reynolds devices that suck the air out of the bag. It can't hurt to try that.
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:36 AM   #7
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I got a lot of small onions and shallots off my allotment this year. I peeled them and just put them in a bag whole to drop into stews etc. I've used some and they were great.

If you don't want to freeze them raw, make up an onion sauce and freeze that or make a basic bolognaise to freeze for a day when you don't have time to cook.
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:40 AM   #8
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Cheap? Red onions? $2 a pound isn't cheap to me. I'm a single mom and every penny counts.

I do have one of those Reynolds devices that suck the air out of the bag. It can't hurt to try that.
I guess I really don't toss that many. I generally use mine before they go bad. I might lose 4 or 5 a year. If you have a cool place store them in a mesh bag or in a basket.. They will last a long time. Warmth is the enemy of storing onions.. so is moisture..
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One time, in band camp, no, I think it was in the restaurant supply store, I found a 2 pound bag of chopped onions for something like $1.49 on sale. I took the bag home, split the chopped onions into 1/2 cup portions and put each 1/2 cup into sandwich bags, put them all into a big ziplock bag, and froze them. Then, when I needed chopped onions for a recipe, I just pulled out the required quantity. In small batches they thaw out in less than an hour on the counter, so even with very little planning time, I was still good to go.

Oh, and I never noticed the difference between cooking with prechopped, previously frozen, thawed out onions and fresh ones. Just be sure to drain and dry them thoroughly before throwing them into hot oil!
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:53 AM   #10
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I've never frozen them raw ( not saying it wouldn't work ). I have caramelized them and frozen them, they turn out fine.
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