Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Who wants to save time and money?!?!

Thought that would get your attention! So, here's the deal. I love using onions when I cook. I think they bring a fantastic flavor to the food. I do not like peeling and chopping. In fact, I don't know many people who DO like peeling and chopping onions! I also do not use them too often. Lately it has seemed to me like I hadn't been using them at all, what with all the wonderful meals in my freezer! So, when I would buy a bag of onions, I found them rotting before I could use them all. That's like throwing money away, right? So, what I've started doing is using my food processor to chop the onions one 3-pound bag at a time, bagging them by 1/2C in snack-sized baggies and then throwing all of them in a quart-size freezer bag, and freezing them!

Here's the beauty of this:

*I get to use my cool big processor (which I will need a new one of very soon - this one was a wedding gift and so is almost 12 years old!)
*I don't get ANY tears
*All the onions get used - no waste!
*When I need onions for a recipe they are chopped and ready to go!

I had heard that onions gain strength when they are frozen and I have to be honest that I have not noticed a difference. This works so well for me I've decide to expand on the idea. So, yesterday I was making a new crockpot recipe (that bombed, but you don't know unless you try!) that called for small amounts of green pepper and celery. So, I drug out my processor and set to work. I did the same thing for those two that I do for onions. I have not tried to use the frozen veggies yet, but I am assuming the results will be as good as the onions.

Happy Freezing!


jodie said...

At our last cooking day I had lots of onions leftover and knew I would never use them all before they rotted. So I chopped and froze them just like you explained (except, I don't have a food processor and onions don't make me cry so I chopped them). I LOVE grabbing a ready to go bag! And they thaw so easily in the micro.

Keep the ideas coming!

Dani said...

Hey, that just makes sense! You might as well cut a bunch if you're cutting a little...thanks for sharing!

Jen said...

I don't cook with onions but I've done this with chicken and ground beef for years. Big time saver if you have the freezer space!