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Freezing Mirepoix

This classic vegetable combination is a staple of French cooking. The three ingredients are cooked in butter or oil at the start of many dishes to make a base for many dishes. Freezing them in advance will make meal preparation easier and can save the day if you are out of fresh ingredients.

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Feel free to mix up the vegetables to make other bases, like bell pepper, onions and garlic. I have also made freezer bags of chopped ingredients for specific soups, saving so much time when preparing dinner.

Supplies:

  • 6 yellow, white or red onions (I used a mixture of yellow and red)
  • 4-6 carrots
  • 1 bunch celery

Steps:

  1. Chop or dice onion, celery and carrots into similar sized pieces and place into individual bowls. I left the leaves in the center of the celery because they add a nice flavor.
  2. Take a 1 cup measuring cup and add the vegetables to a quart size freezer bag. The ratio should be 2:1:1, so 2 cups onion (I did 1 cup white, 1 cup red), 1 cup celery and 1 cup carrot. This is approximately 1 medium onion, 1 large carrot and 2 celery ribs.
  3. Seal bag after getting as much air as possible. A vacuum sealer would be best to avoid any freezer burn. Place in freezer for 3+ months, longer if better sealed.

I wound up cutting up a bit more carrots at the end to get another bag of mirepoix. I had extra onions so I froze those separately. Perfect to use when I discover I don't have an onion in my pantry.

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