How To Store An Onion Without Stinking Up In Your Fridge

Savory cuisines all around the world use onions, and for good reason. They are widely available, reasonably priced, and provide an unrivaled flavor foundation that gives meals depth because they are derived from a resilient crop that thrives in abundance. It’s difficult to top onions’ versatility—they create a delicious soup, dip, burger topper, and so much more—despite the fact that they can give off bad breath.

That being said, onions have a strong, occasionally overpowering smell, especially when they’re raw and especially when they start to go bad. Ignorance about correct onion storage can lead to an early decomposition and strong, foul-smelling smell.

For advice on preserving this common vegetable so you may enjoy its delicious earthiness without having to deal with a smell, keep reading.

How to Keep an Entire Onion

It is not necessary to store whole onions in the refrigerator; in fact, it is not a good idea to do so. Because the refrigerator is a cold, humid place, onions can become mushy and rot. Whole onions should be stored somewhere dry, cold, dark, and well-ventilated. Onions would be best stored in a kitchen cupboard’s perforated basket or bin, which meets all the requirements.

Make sure to feel the onions you choose for your cart before putting them in the grocery shop. Steer clear of onions with soft patches or other damage; they won’t taste as fresh and won’t stay as long. The skin of onions protects and maintains the contents, so resist the urge to remove them as soon as you bring them home.

You’ll be shocked at how long whole onions remain fresh in your kitchen when you heed this advice and are always ready to use.

Storage Tips for Chopped or Sliced Onions

Extra chopped or sliced onions can be kept in your refrigerator in an airtight container or plastic bag, but you should use them up within five to seven days. Onions smell harsher the longer they are left in there, and you don’t want everything else in your fridge to smell like onions. An additional choice is to freeze your remaining onion, as suggested below, to avoid the odor and keep it fresher for longer.

Can You Freeze an Onion?

While we wholeheartedly support freezing chopped onions, we do not advise freezing whole onions as they will become extremely hard and not defrost properly. To be exact, whenever a recipe asks for half an onion, just chop it whole. Anything that you don’t use can be thrown in the freezer by sealing it tightly in an airtight plastic bag and making sure all the air is removed.

Alternatively, cut a lot of onions for your freezer if you purchase a large bag of them and know you won’t use them all before they spoil! The next time you make soup or stew and have an abundance of pre-chopped onions on hand, you’ll thank yourself. Although we advise date your onion bags for future reference, you should be able to consume them before they spoil because they can last up to six months.

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