Why it's NOT Crazy to buy 20 lbs of Onions
This is a story about a woman who knows a good bargain when she sees it. Sponges are 2 for $1? Grab 100! You can buy half a cow for how much? I'm in! Denture adhesive on clearance? I'll need it one day! Onions on sale buy one get one free? Buy 20 lbs!
For what would I buy 20 lbs of onions for you may ask? Well, at the time I was just taking advantage of a great deal on onions. After I got home and hauled them all into the house and placed them across my counter top... I felt crazy. I only have a family of five! What in God's name was I going to do with all these freaking onions?!?I Supply Burger King with a day or two of onion rings? No. Make onion soup for my whole neighborhood? No. Stuff them in a cabinet and pretend I didn't go nuts? Yes, thats the one...good plan.
Upon going to work the next day I overheard/was eavesdropping on a co-worker who was talking about buying the same onions I had and about her plan to freeze them. WHAT?!? You can freeze onions? Awesome! Now I can stuff them into the freezer and pretend I didn't go nuts.
Once I got home that night I went online to make sure I didn't have to do any extra preparations. What I found was upsetting, there were steps. Crap. I hate steps. Step One is peel the onions, easy enough. Step Two is cut the onions. Here is how step two went down: Raise knife, cut onion, cry. Raise knife, cut onion, cry. Raise knife, cut finger, cry. Get band-aid and repeat. Step Three is to put into a Ziploc freezer bag. Step Four is to stuff them in the freezer and pretend I didn't go nuts.
|Serving size: 1 cup, chopped|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 15 g||5%|
|Sugar 7 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Now, I am fully aware that onions have a good shelf life and can stay in a cool, dry, blah blah, pantry for a few months. Well, I tried that, and my pantry ain't that fancy (there's that southerner comin' out, that ain't really in there) because my onions never keep. Potatoes too. WAIT... CAN I FREEZE POTATOES? WHAT ABOUT FRUIT? My mind has been blown. Surely if I can freeze onions, I can freeze a whole plethora of vegetables!
Looking into it I found you can freeze a ton of fruits and vegetables by just chopping them up and throwing them in a bag and pretending like you didn't go nuts! Some may require washing before hand, others may require 'blanching'. Blanching is when you take your raw vegetables and throw them into a pot of boiling water. Your boil will cease, and you have to bring your veggies back up to a boil. Drain them and place into ice water to cool. This process will shock your vegetables and stop enzymes from being active which will keep your vegetables color, taste and texture in tact.
One thing I should definitely point out is that once you freeze these vegetables, they are not going to come back out as nice and crisp, ready to eat. If you plan on freezing vegetables or fruit, be prepared to use them for recipes. You can't pull out frozen broccoli, thaw it and expect to dip it in ranch for a snack. Once thawed, frozen vegetables become mushy and are best used for cooking. Some frozen fruit can also be used to make smoothies or icecreams.
You guys might think I'm a little dense for not knowing you could freeze fruits and vegetables. Well, you'd be about right. I was buying frozen vegetables for years and never thought twice about it. I would buy fresh fruits and veggies and have them go bad because I couldn't use them fast enough. I couldn't put two and two together. I guess I also thought store bought frozen varieties had special additives that helped them freeze well. I was wrong, and I have saved myself so much money! Every time I see fresh on sale, I take advantage of the deal. I bring them home and do what I need to freeze them, even if there are steps, because I know it's well worth the price.
Moral of my story? There isn't one. I just wanted to tell you about how I bought 20lbs of onions.
Fruits and Veggies I Have Frozen
My Main Use
My Main Use:
Meatloaf, meatballs, sauces
Add to oatmeal or for making pies
Add to oatmeal or for making pies
Bananas, whole in the peel
Mashed for easy banana icecream
For pies or other holiday dishes
Potatoes, sweet & white
mashed, soups, french fries