Well, knee-highs to be precise. A couple weeks ago I bought a 5 lb. bag of onions for $1.99. Onions and potatoes are usually a better deal in large pre-packaged bags.
Most consumers reach for the $.99/ lb. produce. But, if you find a good storage solution, the larger bags will stretch your produce dollar further!
I Do Not Like Frozen Onions!
I use them in cooking as much as possible, but I like fresh, not frozen. I’ve tried chopping and freezing onions in plastic baggies and there are some reasons I don’t like this option.
- Onions are full of water. As soon as you cut them they start to release moisture. By the time they freeze the bag is full of water.If you plan to use them in saute they become mushy.
- My freezer smells! No matter how many baggies I double or triple, the smell of onions fills up my whole freezer.
- Chopping onions breaks their cells. Broken cells release sulphuric compounds. i.e. “eggy smell.” Slow freezing means longer time to release all those acids.
- Save money and the environment. No more plastic baggies.
$.50 Solution at Rite Aid
Trader Joe’s mentioned pantyhose, but I prefer knee-highs. I don’t have to hang them up too high and can separate my onions in smaller packages.
So, how do we put this no nonsense storage solution to work?
So Easy a Kid Can Do It
That’s my 3 year-old daughter socking the onions away! After washing and air drying the pantyhose, place the onion inside and push it all the way to the end of the foot.
Tie Me Up!
Tie a knot in the hose above each whole onion.
All My Onions In A Row
Repeat until the leg is full, leave room at the top enough to hang or tie somewhere cool and dark.
Cut And Serve
When you need an onion, simply cut the hose and enjoy!
Keeping the onions dry, separated and suspended should keep them fresh for up to 6 months! A little tip, if the root is long, trim it before placing in the hose.
Have you ever kept onions like this?