Good Methods to Store Your Onions
Storing Whole Onions
- Whole, dry onions can last for months, if stored properly, without compromising taste or nutrition.
- Store whole onions in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area to maximize their storage life.
- Do not allow your onions to have direct exposure to sunlight.
- Gently rotate onions to let them breath and help eliminate bruising.
- Keep onions away from areas that hold moisture, such as under a sink.
- Potatoes will rob onions of moisture if stored together, so keep them separate.
- Hanging, open-mesh baskets are typically a good storage vessel.
- Sweet onions need a little extra care when handled due to their higher water and sugar content.
Storing Cut Onions
- When you only need a small amount of onion, do not peel the whole onion. Cut off the amount you need and peel just that piece. The remaining portion will keep longer with the skin on.
- If cutting onions ahead of time, pack them in a plastic zipper-lock bag, squeezing as much of the air out as possible before storing in the refrigerator.
- For best results, use pre-cut onions within two days.
- Chopped onions can be placed in freezer bags or sealed containers and frozen, but their texture changes so only use them for cooking.