Freezing Green Onions




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This is a really easy trick for storing green onions. I love using them, but they tend to wilt really quickly. I've tried keeping them in water, but they go slimy and smelly if you forget them for too long.

But they're so easy to freeze!

They easily defrost as soon as they hit the heat, too. :D

All you need:
  • a freezer
  • some green onions
  • a container double the size of the green onion pile you end up with
The key to this is using a bigger container - so make sure you're not packing the green onions in.

Slice them any way you like, pop them in your container and then into the freezer. Check on them every half hour for the first few hours and shake the hell out of them. This will keep them from freezing into one big chunk. That way it's easy to pour out the amount you need!

You can also lay them out on paper towels on a sheet pan and freeze them and then shove them into a container, but I like to do the big container way because it's less steps. :)

I've been able to keep them for a couple months in the freezer - they will be a little less pungent after freezing, but they're still really tasty, and the convenience makes up for it, I think!

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    3 years ago

    Thank you for this tip. The one thing I grow an overabundance of is green onions. I have only dehydrated them up to now. I will use this method with half of my bounty and the dehydrator for the rest. These things grow here like weeds, every year they come back like gangbusters.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I buy organic green onions then use them for what I want at that time, then take the bulbs with some onion still on top, pop them into a glass of water with just enough water to cover the roots, and leave on my kitchen cabinet by a window and in about a week, they have grown enough for me to use again. Sometimes I dry them sometimes i freeze them. By doing it this way, they wont wilt in the fridge, and you can save money by getting another few good uses out of them.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Don't know where my comment went, so trying again. It's easier in my experience to freeze the onions on a cookie sheet first. Then you don't have to stick around to shake the container every so often. Also, this sort of "freeze-dries" them, thus extending the time they will keep their integrity in the freezer.

    As I was cleaning my veggie drawer and I came across my green onions I remember seeing this instructable on your page and decided to freeze them lol thank you for the suggestion and thank you for saving me money lol


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you - sometimes we don't think of such simple solutions. I need to do this...common sense is awesome. I LOVE green onions but like you said -they wilt or go bad sooo quickly if I wait a couple days or more - it's too late to use them. So thank you!!! I've thrown them out quite a few times - such a waste..I will do this.


    Awesome, I have pulled many slimy long forgotten spring onion from my fridge. And never thought of freezing them. Thanks !


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I just bought some and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to use them fast enough.


    Thank you for this. I am the only person in the house that like onions! this will definitely come in handy!