How to sort + store onions ⋆ Edible Backyard


Sorting your crops into good keepers and bad keepers is key to long storage. Old fashioned smarts! Separating the ones that don’t keep from the ones that do, stops rot spreading cause one bad apple really does spoil the bunch.

Find out which onion is a keeper (or not) with this simple test.

Hold the onion by the leaves, and if it bends at the neck it’s a keeper.

A nicely sealed neck – she’s a keeper!

If it doesn’t bend, it wont store.

not a keeper

Stiff, thick necks don’t store

I trim the tops off my onions and hang them up in onion sacks under the deck in the cool, shade + breeze. Some years when I feel like it I string them – looks pretty, but takes more time than bagging them.

onion strings

Trim the tops off the ones that wont store and pile them into a basket. Use them first. Perfect timing considering all the preserving that’s going on at the mo.  If you’ve got a heap of these maybe a batch of caramelised onions is on the cards.


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