You may ask, can I freeze onions? Well, you can. By freezing chopped onions in bulk you can save yourself time, and money if you buy frozen chopped onions right now. Find out how to freeze chopped onions along with tips for which onions to use, how to chop them, and the best ways to use frozen onions.
Sometimes putting on the dinner comes down to how difficult or how long will it take to make the meal. I love to have a few recipes or some short cuts in hand to make this happen.
For me, freezing chopped onions is one short cut that I love. I will buy 7 or 8 pounds of white onions when they are on sale. I will grab my food processor, chop them up, freeze them, and bag them in smaller portions.
Of course, you can buy frozen onions at the grocery store. However, when you prepare your own at home, you can cut the onion into sizes that you like the best. I like to cut mine into smaller pieces than what you buy in the store. I love onions when I use them in recipes to be in tiny pieces.
How to chop onions for freezing
I have a food processor that has a dicing function, so for me, this is a quick process. If you do not have a food processor that has a dicing function, you could use your food processor cutting blade. If you have a Vitamix, chop onions on the slow speed.
You can also cut the onions with a knife if you desire.
How to use Frozen Onions
Onions that have been previously frozen work best in soups, stews, and when used as homemade pot pies. Since the onions have been frozen, they will not brown as a fresh one would. Ice crystals form inside the cell walls within the onion and this bit of water keeps the onions from browning.
What Type of Onion Should I Use?
White onions tend to be slightly sweeter and less hot than yellow onions. Both onions freeze equally as well. I mostly choose white onions.
If I am going to bake a dish I will use yellow onions. I think the longer you cook a yellow onion the milder it may become.
I have not frozen red onions because I rarely use them. They would freeze as the white and yellow onions.
Having a bag of frozen onions on hand is an excellent way to save time. Chopped onions are perfect for soups, stews, sauces, and foods that need to be baked.
Freezing chopped onions is also an ideal way to have onions on hand when you need a small amount for a recipe. I hope you give a try to freeze chopped onions in your kitchen.
Love onions? Try these recipes
- Red Robin Onion Rings
- Smashburger French Onion Burger
- Panera Bread Bistro French Onion Soup
- Vidalia Onion Pie
How to Freeze Chopped Onions
- 5 pounds chopped onions
- Chop onions into the desired size. Lay chopped onions evenly on a cookie sheet. Do not let onions overlap. Ideally do not let the onions touch. When frozen individually, they will freeze best, and they will be best to use. You can place plastic wrap over the onions, and add another layer if desired. Wrap onions with plastic wrap and place into the freezer. When the onions have frozen completely, divide onions into small portions. I like to freeze mine in 1 and 2 cup portions. Place chopped onions into small plastic bags, date the plastic bags, and put the bags into the freezer. The frozen onions are best used within 3 to 4 months.