Do you like to stock up on onions? If so, here are some tips on how to keep them fresh and store them longer.
You want to make sure that you are keeping onions in a cool, dry, and dark place with plenty of air movement. NEVER store onions in plastic. The lack of ventilation will reduce their storage life and speed of the process of rotting.
No matter which way you decide to store you onions, one thing you should always do is “cure” them first. This means slicing off the top of the bulb and clipping the roots.
After this has been done, you can store the bulbs in various ways. You can place them in nylon stockings or mesh bags, foil, bulk bins, crates and boxes.
The best way is to keep them in mesh bags – or nylon stockings. This keeps them fresh but allows them to breathe at the same time.
A second option for storing onions is to use foil. To do this, Cut a small square of foil and wrap it around each onion bulb before storing them in the crisper of your refrigerator. Onions that have been stored this way should be good for months. The only other time you need to store onions in the fridge is when they have been sliced or cut.
If you chose to sore onions in a crate or bin, make sure you pack them loosely. If you pack them too tightly the onions that are at the bottom will bear all the weight of the other onions, causing them to get soft and rot prematurely.
How do you store your Onions? Have you found a way that keeps them fresh for months at a time? We want to know! Share your tips with us by commenting below.Tags: agriculture, food safety, onions, produce storage