Once or twice a month, we like to spend a quiet day or evening preparing pantry and freezer staples from ingredients like onions, shallots, garlic, and ginger. This little bit of advance work provides us with a store of quick flavor builders that we can reach for when cooking weeknight meals. Here are 5 of our favorite make-ahead ingredients that can be added to soups, stir fries, pasta dishes, and more. • Caramelized onions – Did you know you can freeze caramelized onions? Freeze them in ice cube trays or muffin tins for small portions that thaw quickly.
• Roasted garlic – There are several ways to freeze roasted garlic, from whole cloves to cubes of mashed garlic.
Emily Ho is a Los Angeles-based writer, recipe developer, and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. She is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and Food Swap Network. Learn more at Roots & Marvel Read more from Emily »