Scallions are usually sold in bundles — but how often do you want just enough to sprinkle over a piping hot bowl of chili or to add some crunch to a refreshing salad? Most of the time after chopping them all, you end up with extra that’ll most likely spoil in the fridge. Thankfully, there’s a simple hack for storing scallions once they’re chopped to maintain their freshness and flavor.
Sliced green onions can usually last about five days in the fridge. This works fine if you use them pretty much daily for cooking. However, if you have more than you need for upcoming weeknight dishes, this tip from TikTok user @wndy_1229 will prevent them from going to waste.
The trick simply involves putting any leftover chopped scallions into a clean plastic bottle using a piece of parchment paper as a funnel. Once the bottle is filled, screw on the cap and store in the freezer for up to six months. Alternatively, you can use a clean mason jar with a lid.
See — keeping extra green onions fresh and ready to cook in a variety of dishes is easy!
When you’re ready to add an oniony twist to your meals, grab the bottle out of the freezer and let it sit for about a minute or two at room temperature to make it easier to shake the scallions out. Use what you need and place the bottle back in your freezer for another time.
You can sprinkle them over a baked potato for a classic starchy side. You can use them as an alternative to salt to season eggs, soups, and casseroles (this way, you’re not missing out on flavor even if you’re saving calories). Or try them out in a unique recipe like this crunchy Asian rice salad that’s packed with veggies for a healthy lunch option.
The key takeaway? Never throw away or let sliced green onions spoil in the fridge. Instead, store them in the freezer for a few months, and buy yourself time to brainstorm tasty ways to use them up!