Best Practices for Storing Homegrown Onions

Onions are a versatile ingredient used in almost every cuisine around the world. Growing your own onions at home can provide you with fresh and flavorful produce straight from your garden. However, once harvested, it is important to store them properly to maintain their quality and flavor.

Pick the Right Time for Harvesting

The first step in storing homegrown onions is harvesting them at the right time. Onions need to be harvested when they have reached maturity but before their foliage dries out completely. Mature onion bulbs will feel firm and have a papery outer layer that has turned brown or yellow.

Harvesting Process:

To harvest onions, gently pull them from the soil by grasping the foliage close to the ground. Let them dry for a few days by spreading them out on a clean surface under shade.

Clean Them Thoroughly

Once you have harvested your onions, it is important to clean them thoroughly before storing them. Make sure you remove any dirt or debris by wiping off its outer layer with a damp cloth. You could also wash off excess mud with water but make sure they are dried properly as moisture could cause rotting of stored onions.

Drying The Onion:

After cleaning each onion bulb, allow it to air-dry completely (for about two weeks) outside under shaded areas depending upon climatic conditions until all moisture evaporates away from its skin

Select an Appropriate Storage Location & Container

It’s essential that you choose an appropriate storage location based on how many bulbs of onion you’ve got and whether these locations meet specific temperature requirements.
It would help if you had cool temperatures ranging between 32°F – 40°F(0°C-5°C) along with low humidity levels below 65%. Thus basements, garages, or vegetable drawers in the refrigerator would be ideal.

Storage containers:

For storage containers, keep your onions in a dry and well-ventilated container such as mesh bags or baskets that promote airflow.

Avoid Storing with Certain Foods

Onions always release moisture & ethylene gas that could speed up spoilage of other veggies and fruits stored along with them. That being said it is better to store onions separately from potatoes as they tend to rot quickly when placed together.

Place for Storage:

Thus, while choosing an appropriate location to store your onions, make sure it’s aside from other vegetables and fruits you have also harvested.


Storing homegrown onions is not rocket science; all you need is a clean place away from direct sunlight or high humidity levels. Onions are easy to grow at home and can provide an endless supply of fresh produce if stored properly for long-term use. Follow these simple tips on harvesting, cleaning thoroughly before storing them correctly under the right conditions – making sure they last longer till their next use!

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