This article is about how to freeze whole shallots. Shallots are from the allium family, related to onions and garlic.
There are many ways to preserve shallots depending on how long you want them to last, and how you intend to use them.
Where you have a large number of shallots to preserve, consider using different methods so that you can have a variety.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Whole Shallots
The process of freezing shallots is very easy. To begin the process, you need to have the following: shallots, a chopping board, a knife, and preserver bags.
When you put whole shallots in the fridge, they won’t last long.
For them to last longer, you need to chop them into small pieces, wash them, pack them in preserver bags, and store in the freezer.
First, use the knife to remove all the unwanted parts of the shallots. This includes the edges and any leaves that are no good.
Next, you need to wash the shallots thoroughly with clean and running water. After washing, leave the shallots for some time so that they can dry.
Next, use the knife and the chopping board to chop the shallots into tiny pieces. Make the chopped pieces as little as you can so that using them after freezing can be easier.
After chopping the shallots, pack them in the preserver bags. Fill the bags well for proper usage, then seal the bags.
Don’t use zip lock bags because they are light. The best bags to use are heavy freezing bags. These ensure that the shallots remain in good condition while frozen.
Now the shallots are ready to go in the freezer. Store the shallots in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
The advantage of freezing shallots is that they can last for a long time while remaining fresh.
How To Defrost Shallots
After storing the shallots in the freezer, the time comes when you need to use them.
Since the shallots will be frozen by now, you need to defrost them before cooking or using them in salads. Two ways go about defrosting the shallots.
The first way is to remove them out of the freezer some minutes before using them.
Let the icy shallots sit for some time and melt off the ice naturally.
This is the best way to defrost the shallots, although it takes time. The shallots defrost slowly and naturally without messing up their fresh condition.
If you don’t have the time to let the shallots defrost naturally, the other method is to use a microwave to defrost the shallots.
This method is faster and easier, although it could mess up the fresh condition of the shallots. They may end up becoming mushy because of the microwave heat.
Whichever method you decide to use may depend on how you want to use the shallots.
If they are for cooking, then using the microwave might be the best way.