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Storing Onions

What is the Best Way to Store Onions?

What are the best methods for storing onions? Onions need to be stored in a cool, dry, and dark location.  You might have an area in the basement, or a dark corner in your garage that could be used.  The best temperature would be between 40°F (5°C) and 50°F (10°C).   If the temperature is too warm, the onions will sprout.  It is okay to eat an onion that has sprouted.  Just cut out the green parts.

Often onions will be sold in mesh bags.  These bags are ideal for storing onions. Alternatively, you could use baskets or paper bags, but you need to ensure the air is free to flow around the onions.

Onions can be stored for 1 to 2 months.

How Do You Store Green Onions?

Green onions and scallions need to be stored in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator.  They can be stored for 1 to 2 weeks.  Alternatively, you can store green onions in a glass with some water.  They will actually continue to grow.

Should Onions Be Stored With Other Produce?

You should try to avoid storing onions with other fruits and vegetables.  Onions can have a strong odor that can be absorbed by other produce (apples and potatoes will pick up the onion smell and taste).

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