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How to Grow and Store Onions

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Back here I blathered on about How to Grow Onions It has been my experience when growing onionsif you plant them, they will grow. Other than regular watering (this year in the form of rain) and a little organic fertilizer occasionally sprinkled about, I just planted ’em and harvested ’em.

How to Grow Onions

This year, we had a drier winter, but I was still able to get a decent amount of onions ~

Onion Storage

{and garlic ~ in case you were wondering}

Storing Garlic

In preparation for storage, I let my onions air-dry for about a week. It’s an inexact science, but completely curing onions for storage takes about a month. And, I don’t have a month, because I’m moving to an apartment while this happens..

Nevertheless, I’ve pulled all of the onions and will be trimming the green stalks to about 12 inches. I want them to cure enough to form layers of skin which will keep them fresh for months.

About two weeks later (when I’m in a temporary apartment) I will wipe off more dirt and trim the roots. At this point, I’m almost ready to store my onions. But, before I put them away, I leave them on the porch another week or two. After that, I trim the stalks and get ready for long-term storage.

And, this begs the question, “How do I store all of these onions?”

The answer:  Pantyhose.

onion storage

I bet you thought that these were only for making your legs appear suntanned.

How to Store Onions

Growing onions in Texas isn’t like growing onions in northern climates. Once cured, my onions will only last about four months {but I always use them all before they start to get soft}.

Still, I need to store them so that they last. By stuffing my onions into the leg of a pantyhose and then knotting between onions, I can assure they stay viable until every last one is gone.

After pantyhosing (???) the onions, I hang them on a nail in the pantry and cut from the bottom as needed.

Storing Onions in Pantyhose

Even if you don’t grow your own onions, you can still buy a large quantity of onions locally, then pull out those old, unused pantyhose and store your onions.


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16 Comments

  1. Hi Leslie, I’m presuming that storing onions in the fridge is not the best place for them. Is it better to store them in a pantry which I don’t have how about a lower cupboard like potatoes I store them in a drawer would that be the better place for my onions instead of the fridge? Sincerely Karen

    1. I would think a kitchen drawer would work. I’m not anti-refrigerator; I’m more not-enough-space-in-the-refrigerator. The pantry helps me store a large amount. One thing to consider, folks in northern climates occasionally have cold rooms where they store things like onions ~ so the fridge should be fine ~ if you have the space.

  2. So after several failed attempts at growing onions, this is wonderful news for me! I treated my onions the same way in NC that I did in Ohio. It doesn’t work. I am pinning these 2 posts so I can try this next year!

    1. I’m not sure about growning onions in NC, but I know it is different from Ohio. I’d check with a local nursery to find out the local plant/harvest dates. If they sell onion sets, they should have good advice.

  3. Love the panty hose onions – actually they work great!

    Thanks for linking up with us this week at BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Link and Hop.

  4. Great information! I wish I would of seen this post two weeks ago. I already pulled most of my onions up and chopped them and put in freezer. I’m going to go pull the rest up and try this, that way I don’t have to freeze even more and I’ll have fresh ones when I need them. Thanks for the info! Pinning and sharing.

    Found your link at Project Inspired linky parties.

    Linda

  5. My and my husband have talked about this before. His grandmother and mine also stored similar to this but first things first; we must sucessfully grow the onions….Thanks for sharing and congratulation on being featured.

    1. Absolutely. We are building a home on a smaller lot right now and I plan to do carrots, onions, and all sorts of things in pots. Keep in mind, pots will need more water. I prefer a glazed pot (usually Vietnamese). They don’t dry out and unlike plastic pots, don’t leach toxins.

  6. Hi Leslie, I am stopping by to let you know I am featuring your post tomorrow on my blog. Hometalk asked me to do a featured clipboard on keeping foods fresh. I loved your post and was thrilled to include it. All the proper links have been given and you will also be featured via hometalk through the graphic they will be promoting. I hope you have a wonderful week.
    Blessings,
    Shari

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