Stop your cryin’! Keep your onions fresh with some of our favorite tips on how to store them. This series is sponsored by the Vidalia Onion Committee. Vidalia Onions are available from late April through early September in grocery stores across the country. The season is short and sweet just like the delicious onions themselves, so make sure you look for them in your local retailer and learn more at www.vidaliaonion.org.
Vidalia onions come to maturity during shorter days than other onions. They’re grown as a winter crop with a harvest that begins in Spring and ends at the end of August. They’re therefore only available for a short time. And that short time is now! Because they’re only available for a short time, if you want to have them for awhile, and of course you do since they’re so sweet and good, then you need to store them properly to keep them dry and fresh.
So here’s what you need to do. You need to go to the grocery store and stock up on these sweet onion treats while they’re available.
Once you have your bags of onions in your house, then what do you do? No worries. I’ve got three tips for storing onions that will keep them fresh for a nice long time.
Onion Storage Tip #1
One of the best places to store onions is in the refrigerator: Wrap each bulb individually in paper towels, which will help absorb moisture, and place them in the crisper with the vents closed. A few will naturally go bad, but many will keep for months. If you buy a big bag of Vidalia onions at the end of the season you should have them through the holidays. What a treat!
Onion Storage Tip #2
Store onions in the legs of clean, sheer pantyhose. Yes, really. This is a pretty cool trick. What you do is tie a knot in between each onion. This keeps them separate from each other and lets air circulate around them so that they stay dry. Whenever you want to use an onion, cut above the next knot and pop one out. Hang your hose-strung onions in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area.
Onion Storage Tip #3
Don’t store onions with potatoes. It make the onions go bad quicker.
There you are. Three great tips so that you can buy a whole whack of Vidalias now and keep enjoying them through the months ahead. Yum!