freezer cooking

Freezing Onions

Aldi had bags of onions — 3 lbs for $0.69 — so I got two.

Then, I let them sit in my fridge for a week or two because I had no idea what to do with them!!  My grandmother suggested I chop them up and freeze them.

I tried using my food processor but I thought it chopped the onion too finely.  So, I started a chopping assembly line in my kitchen.

  • Chop the ends off each onion
  • Cut each onion in half, lengthwise
  • Peel each onion half
  • Cut each onion crosswise, into small slices (like rainbows).
  • Stack slices in small piles
  • Chop stacks of slices

(I made a video, and I can’t get it to upload.  Boo.  Any ideas?)


When I was done chopping, I bagged the onions separately for freezing.  Each onion gave about 1.5 cups of chopped onion.  So, I bagged the chopped onion, one onion per bag, and flatted the bags to freeze.

You can take out a bag and break off the amount that you need if you need less than a whole onion.  Just make sure if you’re using a recipe that calls for less than 1 whole onion, you write on the bag how much is left!!


13 thoughts on “Freezing Onions”

  1. thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now starting to get quite a collection of onion dishes together. Do stop by some of the other links to check them out!
    Ps I have just signed up to follow your blog. A follow back to Carole’s Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers

    1. It hasn’t made mine smell. I use freezer bags, so they are a bit thicker. It did make my kitchen smell the day I chopped them up! I had tears streaming down my face, while the repair-man was working on our furnace… I’m sure he thought I was crazy.

  2. We grow onions in our garden, we keep most of the harvest in a cold bin in the barn, but I freeze some too. Great post! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Hi Kristen. Thanks so much for linking up at Thriving on Thursdays (just before Christmas). I’m a big believer in freezing excess vegies and this is a great tip. I’m featuring at tomorrow’s party, the first for the year. So great of you to pop by at my blog. Look forward to seeing many more great tips from you.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

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