Spring onions/ Scallions / Green onions are packed with Vitamin C and powerful flavonoids which are good for your health. I love to use green onions when I cook but don’t use them on a everyday basis. Whenever i get green onions they go bad before i get a chance to use them all at the same time and within few days they go soggy and mushy. Then I learned a quick and easy way to preserve and store which kept them good for weeks!
Whenever you buy spring onion bunches, wash them thoroughly in cold water and pat dry. Let them air dry for an hour and then take a few stalk (which you think might be used in next couple of days) wrap them in paper towels and store in the crisper compartment of your refrigerator, this way they will stay fresh and good for few days. Now with the rest of bunches (which you think might come in handy in distant future) follow these steps and freeze.
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Fresh spring onion bunches from my local farmers market.
Wash them thoroughly in cold water thoroughly. Shake the hell out of them to drain all the water.
Trim off the top ends which looks wilted.
Now Chop them into three portions as shown.
I chopped the lower portion with roots a little longer as I decided to re-grow them! If you skip this step then just trim only the roots.
Place them on a paper towel and let air-dry for few hours.
Then slice the pale green stalk into small pieces.
They may be still wet so place them on top of paper towel.
You may place the long green stalks in a tupperware freezer safe box.
Or you may put them a heavy duty Ziploc freezer bags. Press the bag, squeeze out the air and seal. Store in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator.
Here is a picture after few weeks!
Frozen green onion is ideal for use in soups or hot dishes (fried rice or puluv or curries) and you don’t have to thaw before using, because onions are mostly water,they will be soft & mushy when thawed. You cannot use them as garnishes or top on a salad.