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How to Cure Onions




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Onions are easy to grow, and they store well too. Learn how to cure your homegrown onions, and you won't need to buy any this winter.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 2-3 weeks

Here's How:

  1. Place the entire onion plant (bulbs and leaves) in a cool dry place. You can hang the onions in bunches or spread them out on a rack to cure – whichever works best for you.
  2. Allow the onions to dry for two to three weeks or until the tops and necks feel dry to the touch and the outer onion skin is shrunken and papery.
  3. Leave the leaves intact, if you plan to braid your onions. Trim them to within an inch of the bulb, if you plan to store your onions loose.
  4. Your onions are now ready for storage! Store them in a cool place (a temperature between 32 and 40 degrees is best)with good air circulation; and they should stay fresh for months.


  1. Thick-necked onions do not store well, so use them first
  2. Use some of your onions to make your own onion powder

What You Need:

  • Freshly dug onions
  • Scissors
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