Friday, 19 June 2009

Onions - how to store surplus

Last year I had too few. This year I probably still have too few but they are beginning to bolt - produce seed heads - which means they won't store very well. Even this family can't get through enough onions to avoid mould so what to do?

I have been leant a couple of books recently and completely by chance I found a little note saying that you can chop up onions and freeze them in plastic bags. Just like that! So we pulled the first lot and my wonderful husband and equally wonderful 15 year old peeled and chopped and then bagged. I did help - I put them in the freezer; but actually I was weeding at the time so I'm forgiven!

As I've only just put the onions into the freezer I don't know how well this works but when I use them I'll let you know if there's a problem. Can't think that there will be though.

Just to be clear - according to the book (sorry - can't remember which one but it could have been "Preserved") you don't need to blanch them; simply chop or slice them and then freeze as they are. When required cook from frozen.

Obviously it would be sensible to freeze them in small bags as a half kilo of chopped onion goes a VERY long way...

3 comments:

Eco Gites of Lenault said...

You might want to put them in two bags unless the first is very thick - apparently the smell can permeate to everything else. Also you could make onion marmalade - delicious and I can search out the recipe if you want.

Rosie x

Po said...

Hi.

Just stumbled across your blog. Love it.

Have you had a look at www.ooooby.org yet?

Lots of people there who would appreciate what you have to say. Over 1000 food gardeners and locavores networking together.

Ooooby is an acronym for Out of our own back yards.

Hope you like it.

Pete

Up The Garden Path said...

Thank you Rosie - I didn't think of that but unfortunately it's too late. They are in ziplock bags so perhaps I'll get away with it this time. Anyway, apart from ice cream we eat onions with just about everything so it may go unnoticed!

Pete - I've signed up and will have a look when I've got a moment. It seems to be based in Australia - up here we're just starting the growing season so not much time to surf the net and discover new sites!