How to Store Onions
You've grown your own organic onions, and got a great harvest, now you need to store them so they will keep for as long as possible.
Here are some tips on keeping onions fresh and useable for a long time.
- Many years, if you've fertilized your onions with wood ashes and glacial rock dust, this will give them the potential for longer storage.
- Harvesting them correctly is also a factor in the storage potential. They need to be pulled from the ground when they're dry (reduce or eliminate irrigation) and then put into a dry place in a single layer to cure.
- In some areas, the drying leaves are braided together and the braid hung in a cellar. This might give you an indication of the right kind of conditions they need - dry air, and not touching each other.
- If onions start to sprout in storage - don't put them in the compost yet! You can chop the green parts as - you guessed it - green onions!
- When you cut an onion and use part of it for cooking, the rest of it should last at least a few days in a clean yogurt container in the fridge.
Onions generally don't last long in my house because I use them for
cooking throughout the winter, but following these tips will ensure that
I have fresh onions until March or so.
Apparently, you can also freeze them - chop them, put them in a bag or freezer container, and use them within six months. Or, make soup or stew with lots of delicious onions, and freeze that in air tight containers.
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