Have you ever noticed your garlic sprouting little green sprouts or your onions getting moldy? This probably happens from lack of proper storage.
Garlic and onions are great to keep around the house to put into your food or to just use herbally for medication. Onions can be used to relieve the itch from a mosquito bite and garlic can be used for heartburn. There are many medical uses for both of these vegetables, but if they’re note stored properly, they won’t last very long.
There are ways that you can store these vegetables without having to worry about them going bad. Knowing how to store them is important if you want them to last long than a couple of days. Here you will learn how and where to store these specific vegetables.
Here’s what you’ll need to store your garlic and onions, so they could last for months: A hole punch Brown Lunch Paper Bags Paper Clips (used to keep the bags closed) Firm and Blemish free garlic and onions.
Here’s what you’ll need to store your garlic and onions, so they could last for months:
A hole punch
Brown Lunch Paper Bags
Paper Clips (used to keep the bags closed)
Firm and Blemish free garlic and onions
First, you should punch the bags as you wish, and you can do it all the way to the upper half of the bags. You should make multiple rows of holes by folding the bag a few times and then punching in a row while leaving a space of about an inch between the punches.
You can also do this if you hold the bag lengthwise and punch along one of the sides, while flipping the folded bag over and punching the bag along the other edge, approximately 1 between the punches. The holes that you’ll make will serve for ventilation, so you shouldn’t mind if they are perfect or not.
Afterwards, you should fill the bag up to half full and fold it over the top, while labeling it and paper slipping it with the top down.
The bag will serve to preserve the garlic and onions for a longer period of time; because of the holes that you’ll punch which will make the air circulate around the vegetables inside.
You can still place the onions and garlic in the same drawers you’ve kept them before, just have in mind not to crowd them. You can use regular plastic bags which will keep the bags upright and also offer enough room for air to circulate. The bins can also be placed on pantry or cabinet shelves.
Always have in mind that whether the onions and garlic will last long or not will mainly depend on the temperature, humidity and light conditions of the storage place.
Temperature: These will last the longest in a dark, cool (but not cold), dry storage area. I’ve successfully kept them in my 65-70ish degree kitchen drawer for up to 3 months. A cool, dark basement is a good choice if you happen to have one. Onions should not be stored for an extended time in the refrigerator because the cold temperature will soften their texture; plus, onions will impart their flavor on surrounding produce.
No plastic bags: Don’t ever store onions in plastic bags. That will accelerate sprouting and spoilage because of the lack of air circulation.
No potatoes nearby: Potatoes and onions should not be stored together. They give off gases that will accelerate spoilage of each other.