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Monday, August 07, 2006

Storing onions part II


A Homesteading Neophyte: Braiding and storing onions {with pictures!}


I thought it fitting to go back and talk more about onion storage. It seems that a few people have been looking around here just for that information.

Different onions store better than others, or so I have discovered. Sweet onions do not last as long as the strong ones. If you are braiding them and storing them in your kitchen {as I am doing} check on them daily for wetness. If they are wet, they are no good. What I have been doing is checking the sweet ones for softness. If they have become squishy but not yet damp, I will use it immediately, either by cooking it up to eat, canning it as French Onion Soup, or placing it in the dehydrator to make into powder later.

I am sure that the book was right about the low temperature that onions should be stored. Unfortunately I have nothing that cool {except a fridge} here. I have hung mine in my kitchen, out of direct sunlight and where air can move freely around them. My sweet onions will not last out the winter in this manner, but the strong onions should.

Sometimes on has to be creative and compromise to become successful at homesteading. Just about everything you read will need to be tweaked a bit to work for you.

7 comments:

alrescate said...

Speaking of dehydrators...could you use another one?

Phelan said...

yes, of coure I can. If you've got a spare, that would be great! thank you.

Andrew said...

What's a dehydraitor. I might want one. I like onion powder for pizza.

Phelan said...

Andrew, A food dehydrator is a machine that removes all the moisture from your food. Here is a fancy food dehydrator .

Andrew said...

Thanks. Do you have any recipes from the food dehydrator. Just post them here, email me, or post them on my blog.

Phelan said...

recipes? You mean like jerky? or are you talking about the things that one does with the dehydrated food items?

Andrew said...

Both. Things that I can dehydrate and things I can make with dehydrated foods.

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