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  • moggins
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 9:17 AM
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 9:17 AM
    Yes, but if I were you I'd open freeze them first before bagging them up. I speak from experience of having to chip bits away with a knife
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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  • weegie
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 9:20 AM
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 9:20 AM
    Ta much moggins.

    another daft question, which I should probably know. What's 'open' freeze?
    • thriftmonster
    • By thriftmonster 23rd Jun 06, 9:27 AM
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 9:27 AM
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 9:27 AM
    Spread all the bits out on a baking sheet so they don't stick together. When frozen tip them loose into a bag and put back in the freezer
  • weegie
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 9:28 AM
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 9:28 AM
    Thank you - thought that might be the way but wasn't too sure!

    I'm so glad I'm using this thread now!

    :-)
  • Sallys Savings
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 9:34 AM
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 9:34 AM
    I've never frozen onions before and think it would be a good idea ...any idea how long they are ok in the freezer for?

    Thanks
    • getcarter
    • By getcarter 23rd Jun 06, 11:03 AM
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 11:03 AM
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 11:03 AM
    might be worth double bagging them as well, my freezer stinks of onions sometimes!
    • lister
    • By lister 23rd Jun 06, 11:46 AM
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    lister
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 11:46 AM
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 11:46 AM
    I buy pre chopped onion from ASDA to make life easier when cooking (I work full time and time saving is a neccessity when I get home). Obviously it would be cheaper to buy onions whole, chop and freeze in bags for when I need.

    BUT can you freeze onion?
    by weegie
    Well yes, as others have said, but just why?

    But

    Chopping an onion takes what? a minute? two minutes? It takes almost as long to get a bag of frozen onion out of the freezer and empty it into a pan as it does to chop some fresh. You can't genuinely be saying you don't have a couple of minutes in a day to chop an onion? I don't believe it for a second (or indeed a minute or two ).

    Not forgetting that by prechopping, freezing and then defrosting as required, you will be spending half as long again in all as you would just chopping it as required. And you don't destroy the cell structure either, so you will get better texture and less loss of nutrients when you cook them.
    • pol
    • By pol 23rd Jun 06, 12:00 PM
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    pol
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 12:00 PM
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    • 23rd Jun 06, 12:00 PM
    I have arthritis in my fingers so I do chopping on good days. I always keep onion in the freezer. When pickling onions are in I peel a full bag and freeze them whole for roasting. No need to defrost, just put them in with the chicken or joint.
    When I freeze chopped onion, I freeze loosely in a large bag and shake a couple of times before it goes solid and never had any problems.

    pol
  • d.o.o.g
    I think freezing the onion changes its flavour. The water molecules in it will burst when they freeze, releasing the flavour. That's why things like chilli and curry often taste better/stronger after freezing, because the same happens to fresh chilli, tomato etc.
  • weegie
    Well yes, as others have said, but just why?

    But

    Chopping an onion takes what? a minute? two minutes? It takes almost as long to get a bag of frozen onion out of the freezer and empty it into a pan as it does to chop some fresh. You can't genuinely be saying you don't have a couple of minutes in a day to chop an onion? I don't believe it for a second (or indeed a minute or two ).

    Not forgetting that by prechopping, freezing and then defrosting as required, you will be spending half as long again in all as you would just chopping it as required. And you don't destroy the cell structure either, so you will get better texture and less loss of nutrients when you cook them.
    by lister

    I've got two kids and work full time - and you want me to spare two mins? C'mon! There is not enough hours in the day for me! ;-)

    Sure I have two mins. But if I need half an onion for a recipe and there is half left I can just chop, pop in freezer, take out on the moring when I am going to use it and when I come home it will be ready to use. 10 seconds max to open a bag.
  • moggins
    Pol, I have arthritis in my fingers too and the best money I have ever spent was £12.50 on a V-Slicer from Studio. It now takes me 30 seconds to chop an onion and it's always perfect and I waste less. It's the best gadget I own.
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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    • trippy
    • By trippy 23rd Jun 06, 3:38 PM
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    Pol, I have arthritis in my fingers too and the best money I have ever spent was £12.50 on a V-Slicer from Studio. It now takes me 30 seconds to chop an onion and it's always perfect and I waste less. It's the best gadget I own.
    by moggins
    Can I ask how you dice an onion with the V-Slicer? I have one and it's the only thing I haven't managed to do with it yet.
  • make life easier
    It would be handy to have cut up onion's in the freezer for me, I don't always use a full onion or if they are small I might cut 1 and then half of another.
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    • tim_n
    • By tim_n 7th Sep 06, 2:36 PM
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    tim_n
    Something I'm really unsure of is how anything frozen 'looses' nutrients. It has the nutrients in it when you freeze it, so how does it just disappear?

    Fair enough, there might be a chemical process that causes a change in frozen food but no-one has ever been able to tell me why.

    I'm not sure, but I'd say freezing things and canning them does not make them loose nutrients at all (things don't just magick away!) but may loose some in liquids etc (ie not trapped in the food) but again, I find this unlikely. Let me know if anyone knows different!

    Fast freezing however may be different!
    Tim
    • stressedoutmumof1
    • By stressedoutmumof1 7th Sep 06, 4:16 PM
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    stressedoutmumof1
    Can I ask how you dice an onion with the V-Slicer? I have one and it's the only thing I haven't managed to do with it yet.
    by trippy
    Oh yes me too please - is it my wrist action that's wrong :confused:
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  • janeawej
    i freeze ready chopped onions from tesco in their bag then just give them a whack against the kitchen worktop to free them up! Asda and sainsburies (tesco in some stores) also sell large bags of chopped frozen onion which is cheaper and already free-flowing
  • ti1980
    How do you get the onions to stop stinking the freezer out?

    I absolutely love onions so I chopped some fresh onion, triple bagged it THEN put it in a plastic tub and still the freezer smelt of onions whenever it was opened so I didn't do it again. Didn't think it was fair as the freezer is shared with my flatmates and we all buy things that the smell can easily permeate through like ice cream.
    • Ettenna
    • By Ettenna 7th Sep 06, 9:26 PM
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    Ettenna
    If you want diced onion with the V Slicer you need to leave the root on and make 3/4 vertical slices in the onion from top to root then chop as usual. Generally it works but sometimes I end up with odd shapes!!!
  • Sharon_1970
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    Can I freeze chopped onions?
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