Insider Secrets to Storing Onions
Onions are thought to have originated in Asia but they might have been growing wild on every continent. Onions were one of the few foods that could be stored during the winter months without spoilage. Our ancestors recognized this important and useful quality and used onions for food.
Onions might be hardy enough to keep over the winter period but they will not keep more than a few days if you store them incorrectly, which is why it is important to know how to store onions the right way.
How to Store Whole Onions
Whole onions should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry place. Do not store them in the refrigerator though, because the moisture makes them decay. One great way of storing onions is to find some new or used pantyhose and put the onions into the feet. Tie a knot above each onion.
Repeat until both legs are full or you have used all the onions. Hang the onion-filled pantyhose in the cellar, pantry, or garage and simply cut below the end knot to remove an onion.
If you do not have pantyhose, keep the onions in a mesh bag or paper bags. Moisture makes them decay so avoid keeping them in sealed containers or plastic bags.
Which Onions Store Best
You can store red, white, and yellow onions but yellow onions keep the best. When storing onions, keep them between 40 and 45 degrees F, if you can.
Do not store your onions near potatoes because the onions absorb moisture out of the potatoes, which leads to rotting. Onion storage is a sensible idea because you will always have onions to hand for your easy French soup recipes but there is no point buying a lot of onions and not storing them properly, so make sure you follow the above tips for the best results.
How to Freeze Onions
Freezing onions is handy if you have a lot of onions but not so much storage space. It is sometimes just as economical to buy a big bag or onions as a small pack of two or three, so you might as well buy them in bulk and freeze them, thawing out the required quantity for your next French onion soup recipe or beef and onion stew recipe.
Unlike with some other vegetables, you do not need to blanch onions before freezing them. For freezing onions, you will need to clean and peel them, and then cut them into whatever shape and size pieces you want.
Put the pieces of onion in a Ziploc bag and press down to remove as much of the air as you can. Lay the bag flat in the freezer so it does not take up much room. Repeat this for the remaining onions. Write the date on the Ziploc bag label. Frozen onions are fine in the freezer for up to a year.
How to Store Onion Pieces
If you use half an onion making French onion soup or another recipe, how should you store the other half? Simply wrap it in plastic and store it in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator.
The plastic stops the pungent onion smell and taste from transferring to everything else in the refrigerator. An onion portion like this will last about three days in the refrigerator but use it as soon as you can for the best results.
This photo shows red and yellow onions hung up for storage. Green onions do not keep for a long time but you can store white, yellow, and red onions for months, as long as the storage conditions are right. Storing onions means that you can buy big bags of onions (which are more economical than just buying a pack of two or three) or you can have a go at growing onions and store your own produce. Homegrown onions also have a wonderfully rich taste.
How to Store Onions You Have Grown
Leave the leaves intact and let your homegrown onions dry in an airy shed for two or three weeks, then plait the leaves together or trim them down to an inch above the bulb. Keep them in an airy container like a wire basket or old orange bag. If they are plaited, hang them up somewhere dry and cool. If they get damp, they will rot. If they get too warm, they will sprout.
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