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smilingal Aug 19, 2010 07:17 AM

I overbought - between the farmer's market and Costco. Yellow onions. Any suggestions for easy recipes that can store in fridge for at least two weeks time (vacation time - YAYYYY!!!)- or preferably the freezer. How long do you keep carmelized onions in your fridge? I am thinking about onion soup - but this heat is not making it a tempting dinner!

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  1. tcamp RE: smilingal Aug 19, 2010 07:25 AM

    Do you have tomatoes? If so, you could make this from a recent Washington Post tomato feature. It is delicious and would probably freeze well, Mine was gobbled up practically before it cooled.

    http://projects.washingtonpost.com/re...

    I also recall someone here posting about carmelizing vast quantities of onions and freezing for future use.

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      smilingal RE: tcamp Aug 19, 2010 07:35 AM

      thanks - looks good - I have been on too much of a tomatoe streak - have been roasting plum tomatoes all summer - eating them with everything and bringing them to parties with fresh mozz.

    2. rabaja RE: smilingal Aug 19, 2010 08:09 AM

      I like to keep a batch of onion marmalade in the fridge at all times. It lasts forever (I mean, a really, really long time...) and it's great to have around to pitch into sautes, sauces, as a spread, lots of things.
      I use a Nigella recipe, could probably find a link to it for you if you're interested.
      I generally use red onions, but I think any and all would work here. You add like a bottle of red wine at some point, along with thyme, cinnamon stick (not too much cinnamon, learned this one time through trial and error) and olive oil. This is why they last so long, I think.

      Hmmm, now I think it's a recipe from the Flexitarian Table...

      1. greygarious RE: smilingal Aug 19, 2010 09:31 AM

        If you put a little balsamic vinegar into your caramelized onions it will extend their refrigerator time. With or without, they freeze very well and the oil keeps them from forming a solid block, so it it easy to fork some out of the container. I usually keep them on hand that way.

        Also, I found that keeping a baggie of raw sliced and/or chopped onion in the freezer is a time-saver when cooking. Because the cell walls rupture in freezing, onions cook faster from frozen than freshly-prepped. When onions are on sale and I have room in the freezer, I slice the whole sack, then cook some of it to varying degrees, removing some when just sweated, and letting some caramelize. These go into freezer containers and the remaining uncooked prepped onion into a baggie. Always refrigerate the onions before prepping them, so as to avoid stinging, tearing eyes.

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          smilingal RE: greygarious Aug 19, 2010 09:40 AM

          Thanks for the great suggestions!

        2. ZenSojourner RE: smilingal Aug 19, 2010 10:10 AM

          Try this recipe for Golden Onion Pasta:

          http://barbariansatthekitchengate.blo...

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            smilingal RE: ZenSojourner Aug 19, 2010 10:35 AM

            i know....I love carmelized onions - made a great cold carmelized onion dip this summer that became addicting - with veggies and chips. My question is ---- how long do you keep carmelized onions in your fridge? Greygarious suggested freezing them - I am definitely going to try that. Maybe wrap in little clingwrap packages and take out individual packages.

          2. SeaSide Tomato RE: smilingal Aug 19, 2010 10:29 AM

            Pickle them. And I mean nothing complicated. I just put them in a container with rice wine vinegar. good the next day and up to a month later (at least I haven't gotten sick yet!).

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              smilingal RE: smilingal Aug 19, 2010 10:38 AM

              I have a big pot of onions carmelizing as I type - preparing for the onion soup.

              1. chowser RE: smilingal Aug 19, 2010 10:49 AM

                As greygarious recommended, you can freeze caramelized onions.

                When I have too many onions, I'll do chicken paprika, too. You can't have too many onions in that. Or, I can't have too many...

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                  weezycom RE: smilingal Aug 19, 2010 11:17 AM

                  For easy carmelized onions, slice as many as it takes to fill up your slow cooker and then put a stick of butter on top chopped into 5-6 pieces. If you use unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to the crockpot. Turn on low and come back in 8 hours or so.

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                    greygarious RE: weezycom Aug 19, 2010 03:44 PM

                    This has been belabored on other threads. I come down on the side that says most slow cookers, by virtue of their moisture retention, make smothered onions, not caramelized. Good for what they are, but without the browning and depth of flavor of pan-caramelized. I have made a mental note to try JoanN's method of tossing sliced onions with oil and using a sheet pan to caramelize them in the oven.

                  2. dave_c RE: smilingal Aug 19, 2010 04:41 PM

                    Bacon-onion marmalade (from Top Chef last season).

                    The cooked down onions should freeze nicely.

                    1. jfood RE: smilingal Aug 19, 2010 07:33 PM

                      Jfood caramelizes about 10# at the beginning of the summer. then he places a layer of them in individual circles, each the size of a hamburger roll on a cookie sheet and into the freezer. when they are frozen he individually wraps in plastice wrap and into a freezer bag and back into the freezer. then when he grills his burger he places an onion round (out of the plastic) in a little foil and reheats along side the burger and voila...perfect onions anytime on a grilled burger.

                      BTW - tell your family that they are onions in the freezer and not cocolate chip cookies. major disappointment to those who think they are grabbing a cookie when that urge strikes and it's onions.

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