Best place to store onions so they won't become moldy or soft
Sometimes, it feels like you buy your vegetables, and by the end of the week, they're looking worse for wear so you're having to desperately find recipes to make the most of them, and fast. But when it comes to onions, the experts have shared that there's a specific way to store them to keep them fresh - for up to six months.
Did you know that storing your onions in the fridge can actually lead to them becoming soft and soggy? Fridges are cold and humid environments, and the cool temperature causes the onion to convert starch to sugar, and this will lead to them becoming mushy.
Regardless of what you may have assumed before, onions are best stored in a dark, cool, dry, and well-ventilated environment. Kitchen cupboards are best, but ones that are not near cookers, as this will cause the temperature to fluctuate too much.
Garages or basements are the ideal places as they need to be out of direct sunlight, and if they're stored properly, it can make them last for up to six months, which will save you the stress of constantly shopping for them - and will save you money too.
If they're stored in sunlight, it can encourage mould growth, which nobody wants.
And if onions are bought from a supermarket in a plastic bag, remove them from the packaging. If they are in plastic mesh, this should also be removed.
Shop Food Waste explained: "Never keep these items in sealed plastic as it will quickly cause spoilage", as plastic bags allow moisture to be trapped, which can also cause mould. Instead, the experts recommend "keeping onions and garlic in a basket or paper bag where air can circulate" and if stored in this way "onions and garlic can last up to three to six months."
But do check on them regularly and remove any onions that are showing signs of deteriorating as they can cause others to spoil faster. Onions should also be stored on their own due to their pungent smell.
Source: The Mirror