How to freeze celery & onions

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How to freeze celery & onions
Fresh celery freezes better than old, limp stalks. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Vegetables that aren't typically stored in the freezer, such as celery and onions, become limp and soggy when frozen improperly. These vegetables undergo a texture change when frozen so they are typically refrigerated for fresh use. Freezing celery and onions does provide a long-term storage option if you use the thawed vegetables in cooked dishes such as a soups or casseroles. The vegetables retain their flavour and the texture loss isn't noticeable after cooking.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Knife
  • Pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Bowl
  • Colander
  • Paper towels
  • Freezer wrap
  • Freezer bags

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Instructions

    Freezing Celery

  1. 1

    Wash the celery in cool water. Choose crisp stalks with few strings for freezing because limp or tough celery doesn't withstand freezing well.

  2. 2

    Cut the celery into 1/2-inch or longer pieces. Alter the length of the pieces as necessary, depending on the size of pieces you plan to use in future dishes.

  3. 3

    Bring a pot of water to a full boil. Drop the celery pieces in the boiling water, adding no more than 0.227kg. of celery at one time.

  4. 4

    Boil the celery for 3 minutes. Remove the celery from the water with a slotted spoon and place it in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

  5. 5

    Drain the celery in a colander. Pat the celery surface dry with a clean paper towel.

  6. 6

    Measure 1/2-cup portions of the prepared celery. Wrap the portions in freezer wrap. Place the wrapped packages in a freezer storage bag and remove as much air as possible by pressing down on the bag while sealing. Freeze immediately.

    Freezing Onions

  1. 1

    Wash the onion in cool water. Peel the outer skin off the bulb.

  2. 2

    Cut the onion into the desired size pieces for using in future recipes. Both diced onions and rings freeze well.

  3. 3

    Place 1/2-cup portions into small freezer bags. Press the air out of the bags and seal closed.

  4. 4

    Lay the bags in the freezer. Laying the bags flat hastens freezing.

Tips and warnings

  • Store frozen celery for up to six months. Onions are best used within six weeks but retain some of their flavour for up to six months.

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