Carrot onion celery is called Mirepoix in French, Sofrito in Spanish and Soffritto in Italian. It is the base for many, many recipes. It is the base for many dishes, that is why I like to keep it always ready in my freezer.
Celery carrot onion
The combination of onions, carrots and celery create a powerful blend, able to enhance any dish from meat to fish.
Its use is universal, mostly stir-fried and there is no surprise as to why it is called for in so many recipes.
But washing, peeling and dicing carrots, onions and celery, can add a good 10 minutes to your meal preparation time.
So, I do it in bulk (a month’s worth or so) with the help of the shredders in my KitchenAid Mixer.
The proportions to use are very simple: 1 medium onion x 1 celery stalk x 1 medium carrot, multiply for as many as you need.
Best way to cut onions without crying
A month worth of onions.....A lot of crying?
Not so much!!
I found the secret for reducing the onion effect. When you clean the onion, leave the top as it is till the very end.
It is only when you slice the top of the onion that you will start tearing.
Preparing the onion, carrot and celery and freeze them
With my KitchenAid Mixer, I use the slicer option for the celery and the shredder option for the carrots and onions.
Then I mix all the vegetables and put 3 tablespoons into small freezable bags. I prefer to freeze small quantities and if I need more I can always take 2 bags.
Why I freeze celery sticks
I also usually keep a few stalks of celery aside to freeze whole.
Why? Homemade stock or broth only calls for 1 stalk. It doesn't matter if the celery is frozen as it is just for flavour and not for eating.
So, I keep some in the freezer to use as and when needed instead of buying a whole bunch each time. It perishes way before I can use it up.
What else I put in the freezer
If you want to know more about what else I have in the freezer you can read the article: Once a Month Frozen Meal Prep.
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I actually would rather pull out the food processor or Nutrabullet to do my kitchen work than I would use one of these clunky old things. I’ve never actually been able to use one without worrying about grating my fingers or knuckles alongside my food.
I definitely agree with you