July 6th, 2015

It’s Time to Stop Refrigerating Your Onions

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It's Time to Stop Refrigerating Your Onions Groovy Green Livin

We eat a lot of onions during the summer. There’s nothing like a barbecue with grilled Vidalia onions (so simple and so delicious) or caramelized onions.

I just learned something new that will free up space in my refrigerator: onions don’t need to be refrigerated. When they are kept in the refrigerator they lose their crispness and become soft.  I’ve also noticed that everything stored in the same refrigerated produce bin with onions starts to acquire their smell and taste.

How to Store Onions

  • Your onions should be kept in a cool, dry, dark place with plenty of air circulation. A pantry or other dark, cool cabinet generally works well.
  • They also like to stay in the mesh bag from the store. This bag allows for air circulation.
  • Keep them out of plastic bags. When they’re kept in a plastic bag the air can’t circulate and this will shorten their storage life.

Keeping most onions out of the fridge works, but here are a few caveats:

  • Cut onions DO need to be refrigerated
  • Peeled onions DO need to be refrigerated
  • Refrigerate sweet or mild onions that have a high water content. This will extend their shelf life. Make sure to use a low humidity setting to keep them dry.

Also, them away from potatoes. The moisture and air emitted from the potatoes can cause onions to rot.

Here are a few of my favorite onion recipes for you to enjoy over the summer:

What’s your favorite way to eat an onion? Do you like them raw or cooked? 

Cutting onions and crying seems to go hand-in-hand for most of us. HERE are a few tips for keeping those tears at bay when chopping an onion.

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7 Responses to “It’s Time to Stop Refrigerating Your Onions”

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  2. Great advice and I’ll have to try some of those recipes. BTW, onions are also beneficial for keeping a healthy gut biome and brain — http://www.drperlmutter.com/gut-bacteria-protects-brain/ Generally veggies should be kept the same way you find them at the store or farmers market — onions unrefrigerated (until cut). Thanks!
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  3. Hi Lori,

    I didn’t know this about onions. I usually put them in the vegetable box of the refrigerator.

    Thanks for sharing this.


  4. You’re welcome Cornina. I’ve been storing them in the fridge too!

  5. This is some great advice! I love onions and eat a lot of them. I always store my onions in a cupboard, but didn’t know that cut onions should be refrigerated! Thanks!!! 🙂

  6. I learn as I go Lucy! I used to store all my onions in the fridge and now there’s so much more space!

  7. I store onions, potatoes and garlic like this. Store bought (not locally grown) produce goes “bad” quickly no matter how I store it. Locally/home grown produce lasts so much longer! (Also, I do save that leftover 1/2 onion covered in the fridge and in over 50 years have never had a problem with it as an urban myth states.)

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