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How to Store Onions



How to Store Onions

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Have lots of onions? With the proper storage technique, you can keep them for fresh months and months.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 15 minutes or less

Here's How:

  1. Inspect all onions for soft spots, mold or other signs of damage. Only perfect onions are suitable for long-term storage.
  2. Then, cut off the legs from a clean pair of pantyhose.
  3. Drop an onion into the foot of the first leg, and tie a knot.
  4. Continue adding onions and tying knots until both legs are full.
  5. Hang the pantyhose in a cool, dry place (a location with a temperature between 40-45° is ideal).
  6. When you need an onion, simply cut a slit in the side of one of the tied off sections. This will allow you to reuse the pantyhose again and again.


  1. If the onions are homegrown, allow them to dry before storing.
  2. Avoid storing onions near other produce. Many fruits and vegetables will absorb the onion's flavor.
  3. Onions can also be stored in mesh bags or braided.
  4. Expect your onions to last up to eight months in storage.

What You Need:

  • Onions
  • Pantyhose
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