How many dinner recipes start with instructions to dice and saute an onion? So many it's worth dicing all your onions at once and freezing them in a ziploc bag so you can just pull out a chunk and throw it in the pan ready to cook.
|Diced onions on the left, ready to freeze. Bag of carrot and onion ends on right, ready to make stock with.|
So far so good though. It looked like the onions had frozen solid for me, but a light squeeze saw them break apart nicely.
And I'm loving the convenience factor, especially today when I'm tired from a disrupted sleep last night and a cranky toddler today. (I do love you Lily, really I do.) I'm going to make the easiest meal I can think of - butter chicken.
To make it I just need to sauté a handful of pre-diced onion in butter, chuck in an Asian Home Gourmet spice packet (this is the one pre-mix I do buy - especially for days like this), open a tin of chopped tomatoes and a tin of coconut cream and throw those in, along with some shredded roast chicken (also pulled out of the freezer). The rice goes in my rice cooker - and that's dinner.
Advantages of freezing bulk diced onions
- Your first step for most dinner recipes is already done, saving time and dishes.
- You get all your crying over and done with in one session.
- One chopping board gets really stinky, but then has weeks to recover.
- You can get good bargains buying bulk onions.
- Your bulk lot of onions won't start to rot down before you can use them.