Mavis Garden Blog – Storing Onions in Mesh Bags and Pantyhose

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God Bless the woman who googles “How to Store Onions in your Pantyhose,” because honey, you’re the only one who wants to know.

In fact if you landed on this story you were probably trying to google “How to Store Onions in your Pantry… not Pantyhose. Yeah, auto correct.  It awesome.  We’ve all been there.

A few weeks ago Mrs. Hillbilly let me know that Grandma Hillbilly used to store onions in her old pantyhose way back when, and it I sparked my interest.  Did I mention how boring it is here in suburbia sometimes?

I actually went to Target and purchased a pair of pantyhose because I don’t own a pair {in fact I don’t think I have ever owned a pair} and the thought of sending out a mass email to my neighbors asking if they had any old pantyhose I could have just seem really, really weird.

The directions for storing onions in your pantyhose are really simple.

  • Cut off the legs at the top of the hose
  • Push onion to the bottom of the hose {toe}
  • Tie a knot
  • Add another onion
  • Tie a knot {continue until you have a about 6 inches of stocking left, tie one last knot, and then hang the onions in your pantry.

Apparently when onions are stored properly {40 – 45 degrees} , then can last up to 6- 8 month in the pantyhose.

Who knew?

How do you get the onions out?  Just cut below the lowest knot and you will get one onion off the string.

*Thanks Chrissy.

Oh and hey, if you are thinking about storing your onions in a little more traditional way…

After you have harvested your onions, move your them to a warm, ventilated area {out of the sun} for a few weeks so they can cure.

You’ll know the onions are done drying when they look like the regular onions you see in the grocery store.  The outer skins will be paper like and brittle, the roots will be dry, and the tops will be completely dried out.

Then all you need to do is store the in some mesh {ventilated} bags and store them in a cool dark place.

~Mavis

P.S.  What do YOU store your onions in?

Learn how to braid onions HERE.

 

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