Here is the most comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about freezing and storing shallots.
These methods and tips have worked out wonderfully for me.
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- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Shallots?
- How to Freeze Shallots?
- Freezing Shallots in Ice Cube Trays
- How to Freeze Shallots Infused Oil or Butter?
- How Long Can You Freeze Shallots?
- How to Store Frozen Shallots?
- How to Defrost Shallots?
- Can You Refreeze Shallots?
- Do Shallots Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Containers or Ziploc Bags
- Peel and Prep: Peel the shallots and then cut them into slices or chop them up, depending on how you plan to use them later. You could freeze them whole as well if you prefer.
- Portion: Divide the cut shallots into portions that you can easily use in one go.
- Pack and Seal: Transfer the portioned shallots into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal them in. When using Ziploc bags, make sure to squeeze out all the excess air before sealing the bag.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the shallots. If you don’t want to deal with a big block of frozen shallots, take the bag out and give it a good shake after 20 to 30 minutes of freezing the shallots. That should do the trick.
Freezing Shallots in Ice Cube Trays
This is a great way to portion the shallots into small quantities that is just right to use for cooking.
Peel and cut the shallots into small pieces or dice or mince them.
Fill and Cover
Spoon the chopped shallots into the ice cube tray. You could add a few drops of water to hold it all together, but it is best not to. Then cover it up with some cling wrap to avoid any issues with its odor.
Leave the ice cube tray in the freezer for a couple of hours and let the shallots freeze solid.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the frozen shallots into a Ziploc bag and seal them in after making sure to squeeze out all the excess air in the bag.
Label and Freeze
Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the shallots for the long term.
Here is a video tutorial by “Chef Pachi Gallo Sustainability FIT” on YouTube to show you it is done –
How to Freeze Shallots Infused Oil or Butter?
The best way to freeze shallots infused oils or butter is in an ice cube tray which gives you the perfect measure to flavor your recipes.
Prep the Oil/Butter
Chop up the shallots and then mix them into the oil or butter. You could add other herbs to the butter if you like. The longer you leave it in the oil or butter, the more infused it will be.
Fill the Tray
Fill the ice cube tray with the shallot-infused oil or butter. Cover the ice cube tray with some cling wrap to avoid any odor from seeping in.
Leave the ice cube tray in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight to let the oil or butter freezer solid.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the frozen cubes of oil or butter infused with shallots into a Ziploc bag and seal them in after making sure to squeeze out all the excess air in the bag.
Label and Freeze
Once you add a label on the bag with the best before the date you are good to go.
How Long Can You Freeze Shallots?
You can freeze shallots for 3 months or maybe even longer if done right. But the longer it stays in the freezer, the more the shallots will deteriorate in their flavor and texture. So, it is best to consume them sooner rather than later.
If you wish to freeze the shallots for longer (for almost a year) it is best to leave them in the freezer as a whole.
But this is not recommended as it can get tricky to cut and work with the whole shallot later on.
Note that you can store the shallots in the fridge instead of the freezer if you plan to use them up within a week.
The shallots will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 10 days. Shallots can also last well for 1 to 2 months in a dark and dry cupboard.
How to Store Frozen Shallots?
You can store frozen shallots in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. You could also store them in ice cube trays.
The key is to keep the shallots well covered and protected from being exposed to air or freezer burns.
Ziploc bags are your best bet if you are running out of freezer space.
Be it whole shallots, cut slices, or infused oil or butter, the Ziploc bags are more flexible and allow you to pack large portions without taking up too much precious freezer space.
How to Defrost Shallots?
The best part about frozen shallots is that you can use them right out of the freezer to cook with them. It might take a few extra minutes of cook time, but it works just fine.
But if you wish to thaw it first, you can leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight and let it thaw slowly.
You could microwave it if you are in a hurry. In that case, you will have to use it up immediately.
Keep in mind that the shallots get mushy and soft once it thaws. So, it is best not to eat them raw. It is best used for cooking.
Can You Refreeze Shallots?
If you have defrosted it slowly in the fridge, you can safely refreeze the shallots, but it is not recommended.
Each repeated freezing and thawing will only make the shallots go mushy and soggy. So, it is best to use them up in one go once it thaws.
To avoid having to refreeze or waste the shallots once it thaws, you can freeze them after portioning them into small and easy to manage quantitates.
Freezing them in ice cube trays is a great way to portion out small measures.
Do Shallots Freeze Well?
Yes, shallots freeze well and is a great way to keep this veggie stocked for a couple of months.
But keep in mind that the frozen shallots will not have the same crunch as fresh ones, but they still taste great and pack a lot of flavors.
Although whole shallots freeze a lot better and for longer than cut or processed shallots, they are hard to work with once they thaw. So, it is best to prep the shallots beforehand and use them up quickly.
Yes, you can freeze cooked shallots, and if done right, they can last in the freezer for 10 to 12 months. To freeze cooked shallots, allow them to cool down to room temperature before portioning and packing them into freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags and freezing them for the long term.
Yes, you can freeze shallots puree or shallots pureed with garlic. Once you make the puree, portion it out into small measures and pack them into freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags. You should be good to go for at least 6 months.
I hope this article helped you make the most out of the shallots in your pantry by freezing them.
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