Anyone who eats garlic on a regular basis has sometimes watched it go from fresh to sprouty and moldy after a few too many days on the kitchen counter. Here is simple and ingenious way to extend the life of your vegetables and keep your onions and garlic fresh for months, getting you more bang for your buck:
1. Brown paper bags
2. A hole puncher
3. Paper clips
1. Punch many holes in each paper bag. Don’t be shy. These holes will provide ventilation.
2. Fill each paper bag halfway with garlic, onions or vegetables. Fold over the top, and clip the top shut with a few paper clips.
This method will make onions, garlic, and shallots last much longer. You can put these paper bagged veggies in the cabinet or keep them outdoors in the kitchen, it doesn’t matter. Results will vary depending on the temperature, humidity, and light conditions where you place the bags.
1. Don’t store onions in plastic bags. A lack of air circulation will promote spoilage.
2. Do not keep potatoes close to onions – they each emit gasses that disturb one another.
3. Onions should not be stored in the refrigerator: cold temperatures will soften them and spread their flavor to nearby products. Instead, choose a dark, cool, dry place.