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Freezing Onions

What to do with all those bulk onions? I almost always buy my onions in the 3 lb. bags, but used to end up on the losing end when half of them went bad. I've found a solution to that!

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I dice up all the onions that I'm not going to use right away and put 2/3 cup of the chopped onions into ziplock bags. These bags go into the freezer until the onions are needed. I make a lot of soups and gumbos so the slightly limp texture is fine, and the taste is the same as fresh.

This also works for celery and bell peppers!

By Ann B. from New Orleans, LA

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Whenever you have part of an onion left over from the recipe you are making, don't throw it away, instead wrap it up in some foil or put in a kitchen container and freeze it.

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December 27, 2004

I recently received about 10 pounds of red onions and am looking for ways to use them up or save them. My mom said they don't freeze well... anyone have any luck with this?



Thanks,

Shan

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December 27, 20040 found this helpful

we have a food dehydrator, we store lots of veggies and fruits that way, by dehydrating them first. once they are dehydrated, you can then freeze them to keep them longer.

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December 27, 20040 found this helpful

my mom always diced them & put in storage for the freezer for soups or chili -

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December 27, 20041 found this helpful

They freeze fine if chopped up. I keep bags of onions in my freezer to add to soups, omelets, salads, hamburger helper, etc. I freeze Vadalia sweet onions every year, and make & can sweet Vadalia relish, yummy! I love them so much I bought a Vadalia onion cookbook, lol. :>)

Jill

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December 27, 20040 found this helpful

I've found that you can freeze them with great results, provided you don't want to use them raw once thawed. If you are going to cook them or add them into a recipe them you won't notice any problems with texture or flavour. To make them easier to use, chop them before freezing.

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By Faye (Guest Post)
December 27, 20040 found this helpful

Try the Inn chef web site http://www.innchef.com - they were "Pickling" Red Onions today.

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December 28, 20040 found this helpful

When you freeze them do you double bag them? If you single bag the onions does the odor permeate the rest of the freezer goods?

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By Sandee (Guest Post)
January 22, 20050 found this helpful

They last a long,long time in a leg cut from your stockings tie a knot between each onion so not to touch each other and hang. Easy to just snip one loose when you need to use too!

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January 31, 2011

Can you freeze onion?

Hardiness Zone: 7a

By Franco from Fayetteville, AR

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January 31, 20110 found this helpful

I dice the onions up and put them in baggies in the approximate amount that I think I will be needing for certain things.

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February 1, 20110 found this helpful

I freeze onions all the time, chopped up and ready to use.

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February 1, 20110 found this helpful

We buy bags of onions and cut up and freeze them in zip lock bags ready to use for cooking The only time we use freshly chopped onions is in potato salad.

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February 2, 20110 found this helpful

Hello Franco, I often chop up a bag of onions, freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer (helps draw out some of the excess moisture) and then divide them up into freezer bags to store in the freezer. They work great for most crock pot recipes, soups, stews, gravies, and some casseroles, but not for fresh salads or burgers.

I really don't notice the difference in flavor as much as the difference in texture. I don't use them as a "fresh" ingredient in potato salads (as Kathryen said) or any kind of salad, sandwich spread, etc. It's a great time saver if using them in dishes that need the flavor and not necessarily the crunch. Chop up a fresh one when needed!

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February 2, 20110 found this helpful

This is great information! I'm glad you asked the question! I'll start freezing my onions from now on! Thanks everyone!

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August 5, 2011

Can I freeze onions?

By Frank


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August 6, 20110 found this helpful

No problem! Just cut, slice, or dice and place in freezer bags or freezer containers. The texture may change for eating raw, but for cooking, they are just fine. I do it all the time.

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August 6, 20110 found this helpful

Yes you can! I dice them up and sometimes will add them to diced green onions and chopped celery. When I'm cooking it saves a ton of time to have these waiting and already prepped!

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September 19, 2011

Is cutting up onion and keeping it frozen carcinogenic or safe?

By zozo

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April 14, 2012

When freezing onions, do they have to be sliced? or can you freeze the whole onion?

By Ginger from OK

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December 17, 2011

How do you freeze onions?

By Karen

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January 22, 2012

What effect does it have on onions to freeze them when they are fresh?

By Jo Ann M

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October 29, 2013

Please can someone tell me if you can freeze fried onions, and if so how?

By Dee from Essex

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January 31, 2011

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 zip lock snack size bags to measure out what one small/medium onion would be.

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June 4, 2010

Can you freeze onions or will they last chopped in a container in the refrigerator for a week?

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November 21, 2009

Bulb onions store well in a cool, dry place. Freezing is usually not recommended since onions change flavor when frozen.

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August 17, 2009

If you like cooking with chopped or diced onions but don't like spending extra money buying prepared onions, try making your own.

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