Monday, March 1, 2010

What to do with a big bag of Onions

A FRUGAL AND EFFICIENT IDEA...
Do you ever buy a bag of onions because they are on a great sale, but then after cutting one you don't want to cut into the rest of them because you start crying after the first one...so they sit on your counter until they get soggy and gross and you must throw them out? .... What!? That's just me? After wasting a couple of bags of onions this way, I decided to start chopping and freezing my onions when they are a great sale that I cannot pass up.

1. First, light a candle, or two. Keep these close to where you will be cutting your onions. This will cut back on the whole crying over each onion thing. 2. Cut off the ends of the onion and make a little slit along the edge of the onion on in spot, not cutting too far into the onion. Doing this will make getting the peeling off of the onion quick and easy. 3. Slice and dice. I do half of the onions sliced and half chopped, because I will be using them for recipes that call for sliced onion, and some that call for chopped onion.
4. Put onion onto a baking sheet, or a stone, and pop into the freezer. Leave in the freezer for about 2 hours or so. This step is actually crucial because if you leave this step out all of your onion will freeze together in one big clump and will result in your not being able to use a small portion at a time. (Thank you Sarah, for teaching me this)

Once it is frozen you can bag it and store it in your freezer until you are ready to use it for a recipe. Cooks great, and you will be so glad you took the time to do this the next time you need an onion chopped.

9 comments:

Tami said...

This is a very timely tip for me. I have 3 really big onions sitting on my counter right now that I removed from my cupboard because I needed the space. I was wondering what I was going to do with them. Now I have the answer. Thanks!

NeseScott said...

Love! Love! Love! this idea!!!! Why did I ever think of this???

Rhoda said...

To avoid the onion smell in your freezer, put them in glass jars with a good lid. Works every time :)

Catnap said...

I think i will try this with one cup of onions in a small freezer bag, then if they clump it is ok.
i don't think i have room to put them in there on a cookie sheet! we have a side by side that is pretty narrow (and pretty full!)i'll let you know how that works

Talia said...

GREAT ideas!!

Lisa said...

I am going to try the candle trick the next time I am cutting onions. Thanks!

bracyman said...

It may be dorky, but wearing goggles will prevent the sulfur released by the onion from mixing with your eyes and turning into an acid.

Just, do it with your curtains closed.

ang said...

I hold a spoon in my mouth. It has to go in before the first cut is made, and must stay in until you are completely done. Not always the most convenient, and sometimes only good for one union! (Still better than nothing, though!) But I think I'm going to try the candle trick next time....

LaraJ said...

If you peel onions under running water then there are no tears!!