Freezer Cooking: Onions


Ever need onions for a recipe but don’t need a whole one? Dicing and freezing onions is a great way to save you time and money.

Freezing diced onions can save you money in several different ways.  First, if there is a sale on onions, buy a whole bunch to dice and freeze.  Also, if you’re going to freeze your onions you can buy the large bags of onions rather than individual onions, saving you a considerable amount of money.  Lastly, there is no need for any onion to be thrown away.  If you want fresh onion, use what you need, dice the rest and freeze.  Nothing should go to waste!

Save yourself time by preparing them all at once.  Then when it is time for dinner and a recipe calls for onion, you can just toss in what you need.  It makes dinner preparation much faster!

I use frozen onions all the time.  My mom got me started a couple years ago.  Dad grows them in the garden and then we freeze them to have all year round.  You can beat having onions for free all year round.  Every once in awhile we’ll buy a fresh onion to put into our burgers we freeze.

Game Plan:

1. Clean and peel onions

2. Make sure onions are dry and then chop and dice them to preferred size.

I chopped some of my onions in my Ninja to use for soups, casseroles, and other dishes.  I also sliced some to use for fajitas.

dice onions for freezing

I chopped some of the onions very fine using my Ninja

3.  To freeze onions, you have several different options:

  • Place onions into muffins tins or ice cube trays with a dribble of water and let freeze until solid. (I do this for onions chopped very fine)
how to freeze onions

Scoop finely chopped onions into muffin tins for freezing

directions for freezing onions

Once solid, release onions from tins and bag

  • Place onions in a Ziploc freezer bag (they will stick together and you’ll have to break off chunks when you go to use them)
  • Measure out an amount of onions, place it in a freezer bag, and label the outside so you know how much is in there
  • Spread out onions on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour to flash freeze them.  Then stick in a bag.  This will keep them from sticking to each other.
directions for freezing onions

Strips of onions to use for making fajitas later

The onions will last up to a year in the freezer!

What other vegetables do you freeze?

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