Store-bought onions are not nearly as good as homegrown varieties. They are naturally sweet and extraordinarily tasty, and most of all they are fresh. Onions from the store do not last long after purchase. In a matter of days they can begin sprouting, and they also become stronger than desired and become moldy within a short period of time. Store garden-fresh onions the right way and they can last for weeks or even months on end and taste just as good as the day they were harvested. Use these methods to store onions from the garden, and enjoy the flavor of summer well into the fall.
Keep the Skin Intact for Storage
Onion skin provides layers of natural protection, and it should be kept in place for storage. Do not peel off any of the layers of skin or handle them any more than necessary. The think skin and membrane protects the soft flesh beneath.
Brush Away Garden Soil
It is not necessary to wash onions that will be stored. Washing the onions can actually cause spoilage. Trapped moisture will result in mold and premature deterioration. To properly store them, gently brush away the dirt with a soft dry cloth. Even if the exterior is dirty, the inside is sealed by layers of skin, and the tender flesh will be clean and ready to eat.
Select a Cool, Dark, Dry Location for Storage
When looking for the best way to store onions from the garden, select a cool, dry, dark location such as a basement with low humidity. Run a dehumidifier if dampness is a concern. A cool closet with plenty of ventilation will also work to store onions from the garden. In any case, store them on layers of newspaper. The newspaper will help absorb any excess moisture that might cause premature spoilage.
Use a Glass Jar to Keep Fresh Sliced Onions from the Garden
When the onions have been used and it becomes necessary to store halves, quarters, or even diced sections, forget about using a fancy plastic onion keeper. They are cute, but they will not prevent the strong odor from seeping into the refrigerator and into porous foods such as eggs and butter. Use a glass jar instead. A glass jar with a tight-fitting lid is the perfect ways to store cut onions, and they will keep for days without creating a strong unpleasant odor in the refrigerator or within other foods.
How to Store Onions in the Freezer
Sliced or diced ready-to-use frozen onions are very convenient, but odor is a concern when looking for ways to store them in the freezer. After all, who wants ice cubes or ice cream that smells and tastes like onion? The article entitled How to Freeze Onions provides details and tips on the easiest ways to cut and store them in the freezer. This is a great alternative when searching for ways to store these versatile root veggies.