Naturally, I have a tendency to purchase lots of onions directly, so storing them the fitting method (so that they final so long as potential) is essential. As a result of there’s nothing worse than a mushy-moldy onion that is not usable.
Should you, too, hate losing meals, you then’ve come to the fitting place. Here is the way to retailer onions each which method—whether or not you simply picked them up from the shop or already sliced and diced them.
When storing complete, unpeeled bulb onions, there are some things to bear in mind. First issues first: Preserve them in a spot that is cool, darkish, and dry. Air flow can be vital—when you do not maintain them in a spot the place they will get a lot of air circulation, you will reduce down their shelf life (that is why preserving them complete in zip-top luggage or hermetic containers is not preferrred).
You possibly can retailer them in containers with air holes, breathable mesh luggage, and even pantyhose (sure, significantly). Here is how, based on our former editor, Lindsay-Jean Onerous: “Take a pair of [clean] pantyhose, drop an onion down into the toe, and tie a knot above it.” Repeat that course of together with your remaining onions and dangle it in a cool, darkish cupboard. “There is no higher technique to maximize airflow round your onions whereas concurrently preserving them separated and moisture-free. Everytime you want an onion, merely snip one off.”
Whereas it isn’t beneficial to retailer complete, unpeeled onions within the fridge (they’re going to take up moisture and develop into mushy extra rapidly that method), you must completely retailer them within the fridge if they’re peeled, reduce in half, or sliced.
Retailer peeled, halved, and sliced onions in hermetic glass containers (plastic might take up their scent) within the fridge; peeled onions will final about two weeks this fashion, and sliced onions will final for per week to 10 days. Cooked onions also needs to be saved within the fridge (hermetic containers once more, for the win) for 3 to 5 days.
One other useful trick for storing onions? Use your freezer!
You needn’t do a lot: Merely put uncooked, sliced onions right into a freezer-safe zip-top bag, squeeze out as a lot air as potential, and pop it within the freezer; if you wish to maintain them from sticking, unfold them out on a sheet-pan or shallow baking dish and freeze them for one to 2 hours earlier than transferring to a container. They’re going to final in there for six months or extra.
Whereas we would not advocate utilizing your defrosted uncooked onions in dishes the place they’re going to go raw (like guac or salads), they’re going to make an A+ addition to stews, braises, and sauces. You may additionally wish to keep away from utilizing this bunch for caramelizing, too, as they will develop into a bit watery after a stint within the freezer.
You can, nevertheless, make caramelized onions from a freshly reduce onion and freeze these; maintain your frozen caramelized onions in ice dice trays, muffin tins, zip-top luggage, or an hermetic container. Mainly, the world is your onion.
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