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Can you freeze green onions?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze green onions. It is a great way to store green onions when they are not in season and you want to use some in your cooking. You don’t need to blanch them, you just need to wash, cut, and freeze them individually and store them in an airtight Ziploc bag.

Green onions add a fresh flavor and I nice vibrant color to your dish.

The problem is they are sold in a bunch and you usually only need one to two onions for your recipe and then the rest end up going bad, getting soggy and, limp in the fridge.

Freezing them allows you to be able to use up the whole bunch and not waste any. They will last about 3-4 months in the freezer. It’s an easy process so follow along.

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How to freeze green onions

1.Wash

Always be sure to wash your onions before using them. Whether you are planning to cook with them right away or freeze them, you want to get all of the bacteria off of them that might have come from transport.

Simply run them under cold water and then pat them dry with a paper towel or dish towel.

2. Cut

green onions being chopped

It is very easy to cut your green onions.

Lay them all together in a pile so the root ends are all together. Cut off the roots by only cutting off a 1/2 inch or so. Believe it or not, the white part is good to eat too.

Then you want to slice them up across the onion making 1/4 in pieces.

3. Flash freeze green onions

Spread all of your onions on a baking sheet in a single layer. This keeps them from freezing in a big clump.

Stick the baking sheet in the freezer for 20mins. Once the onions are frozen take them out to store them.

4. Freezer storage

The best storage to use when freezing green onions is a Ziploc freezer bag or a tightly sealed freezer-safe container.

I prefer the bag for this as it is easy to get the air out and then seal the bag. Moisture is going to allow for freezer burn this will help keep the moisture out.

Tips for freezing and refrigerating green onions

  • Place the root end of your green onions in a jar with a 1/2 inch of water when you put them in the refrigerator. This will help them last a little bit longer and you should get about a week or more of fresh onion.
  • To help green onions last longer in the refrigerator you can also place a produce bag or Ziploc over the tops on the onions but don’t seal the bag. This with help keep in some moisture and slow the evaporation from all of the circulation going on in the fridge.
  • Using parchment paper on your baking sheet during the flash freeze will make it easier for you to get them off from the pan and into storage.
  • Once they are frozen remove them from the pan and place them into a baggy and store in the freezer. These are easy to add to soups and stews. They will thaw as they cook.
  • You can freeze your sliced up green onions in muffin pans as well. Place a handful into each cup and add a little bit of water.

How to store green onions in a refrigerator

The best way to store your green onions in the refrigerator so that they last is simple. Doing this can make them last weeks. Cut off the roots and then cut the onions in half. You want to cut them so that they can fit into a Ziploc sandwich bag.

Rinse them and then get them as dry as you can without squishing them. You want little to no moisture on them. Then, lay them on 2 pieces of paper and roll them up but not tightly. They should have a little room.

Place them into the bag and seal it. Put them into your crisper drawer if you have one and use them as needs and put them back in the fridge with a new paper towel.

Freezer vs. Refrigerator for storing green onions

Pros and ConsFreezerRefrigerator
Easily accessibleYesYes
Storage 1- 4 weeksYesYes
Storage 1- 24 weeksYesNo
Can be stored slicedYesYes
The flavor stays the sameYesYes

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