Freezing Onions

I buy onion in 5 pounds or more. I prep all the onions at the same time to avoid wasting any of it. I peel them, quarter them, then toss into my blender to puree them. I use the Ziploc snack size bags to measure out what one small/medium onion would be. You will have to test the size you want your standard measure to be. I do this with all my onion then lay flat in the freezer. Once frozen, I put all the small bags into one large bag for long term freezing. I have many recipes that use onion, a lot calling for finely chopped/minced. Pureed fits the bill perfectly. It can be put into recipes undetected. My non-onion eaters do not object if they can't see the onion.

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If you use this method, you do not waste any of the currently expensive vegetable by using less than the whole onion when the recipe calls for a small amount. I take out the bag, snap off the frozen piece I want (if smaller than what you packaged) whether 1 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon or more, and toss the rest of the bag back into the freezer.

By T & T Grandma from Benson MN

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Freezing Onions

With onions and bell peppers, I clean them, dice them and then put them in my trusty Ziploc freezer bags and freeze them. However, on thawing the peppers will become a bit saggy and don't do well for sauteing, but fine for soups, meat loaf, etc., the onions were always OK for me. (06/15/2010)

By Shelyn

Freezing Onions

PS: On the MSU Extention post that onions don't do well freezing due to a change of flavor. Are they aware that frozen onions, chopped and rings are sold in grocery stores and cooked in restaurants and fast foods places? They taste just fine. I have bought them in the past, but not now since I freeze my on. (06/15/2010)

By Shelyn

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