Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Simple Kitchen Shortcuts: Onion Ice Cubes
A few weeks ago, onions went on sale for $0.88 per bag. I purchased one bag of onions at that price. I didn't think I'd be able to use an entire bag of onions before they started going bad so I decided to create some onion ice cubes.
A cutting board
A large, sharp knife
My beloved Vitamix (a regular blender or food processor should work as well)
A couple ice cube trays
Coarsely chop your onions into about 1 inch pieces. Throw one or two chopped onions into your blender. Blend the onions until they're minced into a size you can use in your recipes. You probably don't want to actually puree the onions. Using a spatula, spread the minced onions into your ice cube trays and freeze. Repeat with any remaining onions. Once the onions are frozen thoroughly, remove them and put them into a Ziplock bag with the date written on it and what it contains. Each ice cube tray will contain approximately 1 tablespoon of minced onions.
Tip: If you'd like some onions finely minced and some a bit coarser for different recipes. Process them differently in your blender and freeze and label accordingly.
Next time you're cooking a recipe and it calls for 1/2 an onion, all you have to do is go to the freezer and pull out two or three onion ice cubes and throw them into the pot. This method will save you time every time you need to use onions in your recipes because you won't have to spend five minutes chopping onions. Wahoo! It will also save you money as you can purchase your onions at the lowest price-point and you'll have less waste because you won't be throwing away half-used onions each month. Best of all, you don't have to actually cut all the onions yourself and deal with burning, teary eyes. Hope you have fun making some onion ice cubes this week!