Tag: Onions

11 Things To Do With A Bumper Crop Of Onions

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Growing onions from bulbs is easy for a novice (or expert) gardener to do.  I regularly plant upwards of 600 a year myself.  Rarely, if ever, does a bulb decide not to grow into a large, juicy onion.

So what’s a gardener to do when an excited day in the spring garden leads to a bumper crop of onions in the fall?  I’ve got a few ideas for you…

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How To Braid Onions

If you are going to keep onions over the winter (and into the spring and possibly summer), you’re going to want to make sure they are getting plenty of air, as air circulation is key to their preservation.  There’s nothing worse than putting all your onions up for the year in a box or bucket and finding later that there was one that went bad and now you have to toss them all (or most) out.

I’ve seen different ways people put their onions up, including 5 gallon buckets with holes drilled in them, wood boxes with plenty of gaps in the sides, etc.  But in my experience, braiding my onions and hanging them up in a cool, dark place (my root cellar) is the best place for them.  I make sure to check each string a couple times a month for any rotting.  I just slowly twirl the strand around, and if I find one has rotted, I just pluck it off and discard it.

By the time spring planting comes around, I usually have some onions left.  I have a trick for any of the ones that happen to start sprouting at this time so they don’t go to waste.  I’ll show you that later.  For now, let’s look at braiding them.

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How To Dehydrate Onions For Long Term Storage

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We have three main ways we store our onions.  Those that will get used fresh throughout the year will get braided and hung in the root cellar.  Those that I want for canning but are ready before other fresh ingredients will often get prepared for canning and then frozen while they wait.

Others that will be used in soups and other cooking will get dehydrated.  This takes up far less space than hanging them in the root cellar.

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Make Your Own Onion Powder And Onion Salt

If you grow your own garden, or even if you just know how to frugally purchase your produce, then there is no need for you to spend a lot of money on your spice rack.

Here’s how you can easily make your own onion powder and onion salt for pennies.

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