The Frozen Onion Guide: A Step-by-Step Instruction on Freezing Onions

Last Updated on April 24, 2021 by cmoarz

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If you’re like me, then you have a ton of onions sitting in your fridge. What do I do with all these onions? They are just going to go bad! Thankfully, there is an easy solution- and it’s one that doesn’t involve throwing them away. If you want to know how to freeze onions, read on for a step-by-step guide on freezing onions so they last longer than ever before!

Don’t you just hate when theirs a super good sale going on at your local grocery store, and you’re super excited to buy all the things– All of em. Only, Now suddenly you have to figure out what to do with 50lbs of onions. Didn’t think that one threw eh?

Well, I’ve got a solution for you! Welcome to the world of freezing leftover onions! It turns out this is actually a really super simple process. Let’s get started

How to freeze onions

Things Needed:

  • Onions
  • Knife
  • A freezer
  • Bags
  • Baking sheet

The list of things needed to get started is pretty small, First, Onions, obviously. You will also need a knife, Some freezer bags, and of course, A freezer. Can’t do this without it, Almost as important as the onions themselves! (Unless you live in Northern Canada in the middle of December that is).

The bag quality is going to be important for this, As you don’t want anything too thin and flimsy, It will tear and won’t protect the onions, making them difficult to keep. You want a heavy-duty bag for this.

I highly recommend getting some of those reusable freezer bags at your grocery store or big-box retailer *coof* amazon *coof*. They’re usually pretty affordable so you can get enough for all your onion needs!

Peel the onion and cut it into the sizes you are going to require. This is a personal preference.

Steps for Cutting an Onion: Slice off the top to remove any blemishes or bad spots on either side of the onion. Cut about halfway through from one end to another but not all the way down. Then turn each piece 90 degrees so that you’re cutting perpendicular to where you just cut before opening up like a book again and repeating until done.

Then rub your eyes, and a split second later realize what a horrible mistake you’ve made. Don’t worry, Go wash out your eyes, I’ll be here.

Back? Good!

Spread out your cut-up onion chunks on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer for 2 hours. Make sure none of the onions are touching each other. This is a very important step if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of having all your onions stick together in the freezer creating a giant frozen ball.

After 2 hours, Simply transfer the frozen onion chunks to a freezer bag and label it with what’s inside. Be sure to suck out as much air as possible, either with a sealing vacuum or a simple drinking straw.

That’s it, You’re done! Enjoy your onions and all the hard teary work you put into freezing them!

What are frozen onions good for?

-Adding texture and flavor to soups, stews, rice dishes, beans or any dish that needs a little something.

-Slicing up an onion without crying because they’re frozen! The cold temperature keeps the enzymes from getting activated which in turn makes them less pungent than when they are fresh.

-Baking’! Frozen onions can be a great substitute for fresh ones in your favorite recipes.

-Freezing onion chunks to use as toppings or fillers for homemade pizza, flatbreads, calzones and more. This is especially convenient if you have an excess of green tops from the spring garden that need to get used up right away before they start sprouting…

What are frozen onions good for? Pretty much everything but eating raw – but then again we don’t recommend doing that either. Now take advantage of the time you’ve saved by preparing all those onions so quickly with this handy guide on how to freeze onions properly! Good luck out there freezing friends! 😉

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