Here is How to Store Garlic & Onions So They Last for a Long Time
We all know and we are probably all seen garlic growing a little green sprout out of the top of it and onions becoming moldy. It is problem if you are planning to eat onions, and not planting them.If you want to keep your onions and garlic fresh for months than you should see below our suggestions:
All you need:
- Onions and garlic that are firm and blemish free.
- Brown lunch paper bags.
- A Hole punch.
- Paper clips for holding the bags closed.
- Punch the bags. It is up to you how you will do that. Usually holes are punched by folding the bag a few times and then punching in a row, spacing the punches an inch or so apart. Also, you can fold the bag in half lengthwise, punch along one edge, flip the folded bag over and punch along the other edge, approximately 1″ between punches. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it is just necessary to punch holes for ventilation.
- Fill the half of the bag (just below or at first punched holes), fold over the top, and label it and paper clip it to hold the top down.
It is not important where you will store it, but be careful that air needs to circulate around the bags–that’s the whole point of punching the holes.
This method helps to extend the life of onions, garlic, and shallots in most situations. But, their specific life may vary depending on the temperature, humidity, and light conditions where the bags are stored.
Also, you should know:
Temperature: It is recommended to keep onions in a dark, cool (but not cold), dry storage area. A cool, dark basement is the best choice, but if you have it, of course. Onions should not be stored for a longer period in the refrigerator because so cold temperature will soften their texture; as well, onions will impart their flavor on surrounding produce.
Do not use plastic bags: Do not use plastic bags ever.
Do not keep potatoes nearby: Potatoes and onions should not be stored together, because both give off gases that will accelerate spoilage of each other.
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