Onions are by far one of the most if not the most versatile ingredient in your kitchen. At least they are in my kitchen. There isn’t a meal we cook that doesn’t have onions in it.
Because we use them so often we usually buy them in bulk. The problem with buying them in bulk is that you may not get a chance to use them before they start to get soft or rot. It’s important to properly store them to keep them fresh longer.
How to store an onion is a question that is asked more than you would think. So, lets talk about how you can and should store onions to help them last longer.
It is really easy to store yellow onions, sweet onions and Vidalia if you follow these simple steps.
How to store onions (4 steps)
Knowing where and how to store your onions will help you keep your onions fresh and lasting longer so they won’t go to waste when you buy a whole bag.
Think about where onions grow. In the ground where it is cool, dark, and dry. You want to store onions in your pantry, garage, cellar, or basement. Here are 4 important things to remember when storing your onions.
1. Cool Environment
Keeping your onions in a cool place is important so they stay fresh. An ideal temperature for storing onions is around 40-50 degrees. If the environment is humid onions will start to sprout or rot because of the moisture.
2. Well Ventilated
You want to make sure onions can breathe. Storing them in a mesh bag, steamer baskets are great places for storing yellow onions. This will keep the skin tight so that it is easy when you go to peel an onion.
Onions should never be stored in a plastic bag.
Storing onions in plastic doesn’t allow them to breathe and moisture gets trapped therefore cause them to sprout, get soft, or moldy very fast.
3. Dark space
Your panty, garage, basement, or somewhere dark and cool if best for storing onions. If you leave onions out on the counter in the sunlight they will spoil quickly.
Keeping them in a dark space helps to avoid a change in temperature. Rather than in the sun and then not in the sun. The back and forth creates moisture in the onion and like I have said moisture and onions don’t mesh well.
4. Dry place
You can probably guess by now why storing onions in a dry place is important. We want to create a dry environment for onions to keep the moisture or humidity low so they last longer.
How to Store Onions (4 Simple Steps)
- 1 onion
- Onions should be stored in a cool place. Keeping them cool will reduce the moisture which casuses them to rot faster.
- Make sure they are kept in a well-ventilated bag or rack of some sort. They need to be able to breathe so that moisture doesn't get trapped and cause them to rot quickly.Mesh bags, steamer baskets, netted bags are great for storing onions.
- It is recommended to store onions in a dark place. Storing them in a dark place keeps them from rotting quickly. In your pantry, garage or basement are great places to store your onions.
- Lastly, store onions in a dry environment. Moisture and onions are not friends. Humidity and moisture will cause your onions to start sprouting, get soft and, rot quickly. So be sure they are stored somewhere that is nice and dry.