How To Store Green Onions – 3 Ways To Store Green Onions

How To Store Green Onions: My cooking is a lot green onion-centric because they bring great freshness, colour, and taste to a recipe. They are perfect for finishing any dish. One problem is that green onions cannot be bought simply once or twice, and in the refrigerator, they wilt rather quickly.

Because we are all wedged at home and not going to the grocery store that often, I thought I would share some easy ways to keep green onions on hand without wasting them. Using the following instructions, you will be able to store green onions for an extended period for use in the refrigerator or freezer.

What are Green Onions?

Are you unsure about what green onions are? You’re not alone. Before I started using them more frequently and growing them, I was also confused. You may have seen green onions at your local grocery store – the stems of greenery with the little white bulbs.

Depending on where you live and the kind of onion you use, green onions can also be called bunching onions and spring onions. They’re easy to grow, harvest, and preserve, and add delicious depth to many dishes.

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How to Shop for Green Onions

Before we get to the tips on how to keep your green onions fresh, you should make sure they are fresh when you buy them. This means they will only keep in your fridge for 2-3 days if they are already halfway to going bad when you buy them.

If you buy unwrapped green onions (held together with a rubber band, for example) you will get a much longer storage life than those that are packed in sealed plastic bags. Green onions that are unsealed are exposed to moisture from misters on the produce wall and absorb it as a result.

How To Freeze Green Onions

Keeping green onions in the refrigerator is the same as storing them on a window sill, but you’ll need to cover the top of the onions with a plastic bag – either the bag they came in or a zipper-top bag.

Keep the moisture in the bag by tying it a bit. For the grocery bag, tie a rubber band around the opening; for the zip-top bag, just close each side a bit on each side.

Make sure the seal around the jar isn’t airtight so that humidity can fit. Once you have completed that, place the jar in the refrigerator. Water should be changed every few days whenever possible.

3 Ways To Store Green Onions

1. Store in the Refrigerator

Can I freeze green onions in the refrigerator? Yes, you can! I often cook with green onions, either in soups or on top of my dishes. So I like to freeze a bunch so that I can add them to my meals immediately.

2. Store in a Damp Paper Towel

If you want to store green onions without keeping them in a glass jar, wrap them in a slightly damp paper towel first. The dampness provided by the towel will provide them with the humidity they need for proper preservation, but too much moisture could lead to them rotting.

After wrapping the green onions, sprinkle the towel with a little water. Place the container with the wrapped onions inside a plastic bag or a plastic container. Don’t seal the bag or container but ensure that the paper is moist when dry. Replace the paper towel if too wet.

3. Drying Them

I prefer to use a dehydrator to dry my green onions but you can also air-dry them or dry them in the oven on low heat. Drying green onions is just as quick as freezing them; they store easily too. In the dehydrator, layout the onion pieces on trays with or without the tray liners (either the ones that come with most fruit leather dehydrators or the ones you can buy separately). Without liners, you are likely to lose a few pieces during drying, which isn’t a big deal if you have a top-drying dehydrator.

How to Dry Green Onions

Once you start your dehydrator, the onions generally dry fairly quickly, so check on them closely once the dehydrator is running. Store the dried onions in glass jars or plastic bags. They will last for months (if not years) and can be used however you like.

As onion strands dry, the smell can be quite overwhelming at first. If it is too noticeable, you can set the dehydrator outside on a patio or in a garage until the process is complete.

Store on a Windowsill

Green onions do not necessarily need to be stored in the fridge, so it would seem logical to store them on a windowsill just as other onions are not. Put the onions in a heavy-bottomed jar tall enough to hold the scallions without them falling over and cover them with cold or room temperature water (just enough to cover the roots).

You can then put the jar on your kitchen counter. As long as you add water every couple of days, your onions will not only stay fresh but grow as well.

How to Tell if Green Onions Are Going Bad

Are your green onions brownish and slimy when they begin to spoil? If they are have completely spoilt, they may even have a dark appearance. Take a sniff if you are unsure if there is anything strange about their appearance.

It is not worth your time cooking with spoiled vegetables. If they smell funny in any way, you need to throw them out.

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