Jul 22

How to Store Onions

You'll know your onions are ready to pick when, like garlic, they lie down. There are a few different ways to store them.

For keeping indoors in your fridge or any cool, dry place, let cure outside in the sun for a few days. Then just trim the tops and wash off any dirt, you are good to go.

gardening jones preps onions for storage

2 wooden horses and an old screen is all you need

When I recently told Mandolin I had read not to store onions in the fridge, he just chuckled and shook his head.

We have been doing that for years with good success.

drying onions in the home garden


We freeze some of the onions that will just be used in soups or to can later in the fall in salsa. No preparation needed, just peel, chop, spread out on a foil lined sheet, freeze and store.

gardeningjones bring the onions in

a sink full of onions waiting patiently

You can also to roast/dehydrate some of the fresh cut green tops. You can use a commercial dehydrator but for onions, an iron skillet will add flavor to the end product.

Very lightly oil and place on medium heat while you chop the onion tops as evenly as possible. Then place in the warm skillet and reduce the heat to the lowest setting possible. It will take a few hours until your onions are crisp to the touch. Store in any food grade container on your shelf.

Dried this way they add a mild and toasty flavor to your food, and a little color to boot.

gardening jones dehyrdrating onion tops

dehydrating green onion tops

There are still plenty of onions growing in the garden, yet the sight conjures memories of a fall day not too long from now and homemade Three Onion Soup.

gardening jones onion fields

still plenty of onions and leeks left

No hurry though, it can wait 😉

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    • A on July 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I so LOVE onions:) I practically put them in almost everything. Great post Jones!

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    • gj on July 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Me too A!

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    • Sharron Mcdonald on June 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I didn’t know when to pick onions or garlic. When my onions fell over I got my little shovel and packed the dirt up around them to hold them up.:)
    guess I know now.
    glad to see the instructions on dehydrated onions. Can you do the whole onion this way or just the tops?

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    • gj on July 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    You can dry the bottom- bulb- of the onions, too. I didn’t because they store fresh for so long.

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    • Kim on July 28, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Enjoyed learning this. Thank you!

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