How to keep onions and garlic at home until spring?


Onions and garlic are mysterious vegetables, after them it smells bad from the mouth, eating them just like that, taking the onion head and just chewing it like an apple, as well as garlic - clove by clove, like seeds, hardly anyone can, yes and whether he wants to. But, nevertheless, these vegetables are present in each of our dishes, every salad, and what kind of barbecue without fragrant onion rings? And of course, do not forget about the medicinal advantages of these vegetables: they are a volatile sea that can flood any bacterial fire in our body.

How to keep onions and garlic at home until spring?

So, today we’ll try to tell you as much as possible about how you can save your own, environmentally friendly, dug from your garden beds or purchased on the market, onions and garlic in normal home conditions.


General recommendations

To begin with: what onion, what garlic (whether it was purchased in a store, on the market, or dug from a favorite site) should be thoroughly inspected and cleaned from the ground, but not by scraping or removing the shells (except for the ripened, rotten ones), but carefully, for example, with a soft brush or a cloth.

Further, it is necessary to dry it for about a day, here a lot depends on the state of garlic at the moment: it may already be dry and its shells rustle and do not look, and are not raw to the touch.

Check the tips and bottom of garlic and onions: they should also be dry. Finally, inspect the heads for rot: if there are none and the garlic and onion bulbs look healthy, they can be used for storage. The storage area must be dry and ventilated.

Onion storage

Storage of onions in baskets

For these purposes, it is better to choose a real wicker basket or several, if you plan or you have already collected an impressive crop of onions. The baskets should not be wet, and if so, then dry them in the sun for two days, a day on one side (external) and a day on the other (internal).

If you use baskets for the first time, then be sure that the onions will remain for a long time, but if they are repeated, or the third, fourth time, then you can first treat them with 2% Bordeaux liquid, spending half a liter of solution for each basket, then dry, as described above, and only then lay the onion in storage.

You can lay a lot of onions, a full basket, it is usually not injured under its own weight, so there should be no problems with storage.

Why are wicker baskets a good option? You periodically, at least once a month, simply take out a basket and examine the onions through the cracks, through them you can see when this or that bulb suddenly begins to rot. Then the onion will have to be sorted out, and all those in contact with the decayed bulb and itself should be removed, the rest should be put back into storage.

Often onions are stored at ordinary home, room temperature under a table or in a pantry, or on a heated balcony or loggia, and it lies there almost until a new crop, that is, a very long time.

Storage of onions in paper bags.

Tip. For the storage of onions, it is better to use natural baskets rather than plastic ones, they can be harmful, and are often used only for short-term use. For their production can be used low-quality materials that emit harmful substances into products.

Storage of onions in boxes and crates

A good option is boxes with drainage holes on the sides, for example, boxes of crackers and similar products, which are also made so that the products stored in them are not wet and the air circulates. In cardboard boxes with drainage holes at home, it is advisable to store no more than a bucket of onions in one box.

At the bottom you need to put a dry newspaper, it absorbs excess moisture, if any, and it is very easy to replace the newspaper with a new one if you suddenly notice that the lower onion has started to deteriorate.

By the way, in this option it is impossible to see the onion through the basket lattices, once a month it will be necessary to sort out the entire batch and discard beginners to rot and all those bulbs that have touched the rotting ones.

Storage boxes are usually used wooden, which stores apples and other products. Great if the box is new and well dried. Storage in boxes provides two options - if the bulbs are small and can slip through the gaps between the boards of the box, then you can line them with a plastic net to protect them from rodents, then you can monitor the condition of the bulbs and they will not spill out.

The second option is without a grid, but you need to put a layer of cardboard on the bottom, otherwise the upper bulbs will damage the lower ones under their own weight and they will begin to rot quickly, and you will have to sort through all the products (replacing a cardboard with a new one is quite simple and quick).

Keeping a bow braided in a braid.

Onion storage in nets

We often see onions in nets in the markets; usually the weight of such a package is five or ten kilograms. Earlier, when I was smaller, the nets consisted of nylon, and the onion was stored there longer, now they are plastic, often blue or orange, the onion is stored worse in them.

The advantage of storing in nets is that you don’t need to think where to look for an onion placement option: you can put such a net or hang it in the pantry or on the balcony, only if it is not nylon, but plastic, then you will have to check your luggage every month. But this option is perhaps the easiest - bought on the market, brought home, hung on a hook - and that’s all.

They store and store onions in nylon stockings, it is believed that this is almost the best way to store them, the air is ventilated, and it’s not possible to fill many heads in the stocking, therefore, they do not put too much pressure on each other, dents and does not begin to rot onions in a stocking, if at all he starts, it will not be very soon, and he can lie or sag so almost to a new crop. In addition, if the stockings are transparent, it is very easy to observe the condition of the bulbs (if they have rotted, then immediately take out the spoiled ones).

Onion storage in braids

Braids - probably few people already know how to weave braids from onions, but before that it was, almost a decoration of the house: they dug out onions with green mass, dried and braided them in braids, which were stored on a regular clove, such a bow was also stored very a very long time.

What can not be stored onion - so it is in plastic bags, especially if they are tightly tied, there is no air, moisture does not circulate and the onion very quickly deteriorates, rots.

Garlic storage

With garlic a little more complicated than with onions. The thing is that garlic is divided into two categories: it is spring and winter. It is more difficult to grow spring garlic, however (someone may be very surprised right now) it can be stored for up to a year and a half without problems (and loss of quality), but winter garlic is stored much less, although the storage methods are essentially the same.

We recommend using winter garlic as food or expect a maximum of a couple of months of storage, and spring, of course, also use it as food, but we will help to learn how to store it until a new crop.

Storage of garlic in wood chips.

Preparing garlic for storage

If you want to break the record for the preservation of garlic, be sure to cut off the entire aboveground part (if you don’t want to keep it in braids, like onions) after digging or buying, and then over the gas stove, with the burner turned on, the places of both slices should be seared, then dry the heads in a dry room during the day, turning once a day to another barrel.

Tip. The aerial part and roots of garlic can be removed with either sharp scissors or a regular sharp knife. In this case, the stems should not be cut completely, but a couple of centimeters should be left at the head itself.

Garlic can be stored in pigtails, linen bags, in onion husks, in a suspended grid, in sunflower oil, in flour and in salt.

Pigtail storage of garlic

Perhaps people were sick less earlier, because in each hut hung a pair of braids from onions and garlic. In order to braid a pigtail, naturally, the stalks of garlic should not be cut off, they are intertwined with the most common braid and hung on a nail in a convenient place.

What are the pros? Garlic is always at hand - reached pulled; you see what condition the heads are in and if any of them suddenly starts to deteriorate, then you need to cut it and throw it away; volatile products coming from garlic kill harmful microbes and, as one grandmother said, drive out evil spirits.

What are the disadvantages - garbage, tear off the head of garlic and the “husks” will certainly fly apart from its shell, because they are quite dry. And if you drive away, say on vacation and one of the bulbs decays, you can meet an apartment or house captured by a swarm of fruit flies upon arrival.

Storage of garlic in bags

Cloth bag - it breathes, passes air, eliminates excess moisture and therefore the garlic lies there, as soon as it is dug from the garden. One minus - you have to pour out the contents once a month and check for rot: if it is, then carefully inspect each head, and then put the "precious garlic" back into the bag. Cons - no phytoncide effect in the room, and about evil spirits, I think, there can be no question.

Storage of garlic sprinkled with onion peel

Sprinkled with onion husks - this is how a fellow helps a fellow: garlic in husks from onions is ideally protected. Of course, if the heads are dry, scorched, healthy. All that is needed is a cardboard box with one and a half kilogram capacity, into which onion husk is poured into the base, then a kilogram of garlic and then it is filled with all this onion husk so that it fills the entire space.

The box closes, drainage holes are made in it, and the garlic is well stored. Further, once a month or more, it is simply checked: if there are any diseased bulbs, that’s all.

Garlic storage in a grid

Exactly like onions, heads of garlic weighing 3-4 kilograms (in total) can be hung in a grid on a hook or a heated balcony and removed from there as necessary. Gardeners noticed that in a suspended state garlic is stored longer than when it is lying down, i.e. when one head presses on the other.

Unusual ways to store garlic

In sunflower oil. You’ll have to tinker with it, but, firstly, this method is suitable for storing both spring and winter garlic. Whole heads, alas, but maybe, on the contrary, it’s good, it’s impossible to use, you need to divide the head into teeth and carefully clean each one.

Further, it all depends on the amount of garlic you have. Of course, this method cannot be considered as such, with the help of which you can save several tens of kilograms of garlic, but a dozen heads are quite possible and they will always be at your fingertips in the form of peeled cloves to splash in oil and be stored "forever."

So, we divided the head into slices, cleaned each slice, now we need to find an empty clean, preferably pasteurized jar. Usually they take a liter jar to half fill it with refined (namely, refined) sunflower oil, and then slowly pour so much garlic into it so that the oil rises to the top of the jar, it remains to close it with a lid and put in a normal household refrigerator.

The most interesting thing is that the heads of garlic do not deteriorate and the oil, it acquires a pleasant garlic flavor and goes well for all kinds of spicy salads.

Storing garlic in jars of flour: here you can use any glass jars of any volume, from which it will be convenient for you to get garlic. Banks should be clean, sterilized. This method has three storage options, either to store whole heads of garlic in jars of flour, or to store whole cloves, or peeled cloves - as you wish and for whom it is convenient. In my opinion, it’s more optimal - just garlic cloves, of course, in skins.

Next, you simply pour a couple of centimeters of flour to the bottom of the can, a layer of garlic cloves, again a couple of centimeters of flour, and so on to the top of the can. After this, the jars must be closed, but with a plastic lid (and not rolled tightly) so that they can be opened periodically and see if the flour is damp (the jar must be absolutely dry).

Of course, this method has one drawback: how to understand if the cloves of garlic in a jar suddenly began to deteriorate? Every month you have to pour out the contents of the jar and check everything. By the way, if you want to quickly separate the cloves from the flour, then simply sift it through a sieve, the cloves will remain in it.

There is another way storing garlic in combination with flour, it is necessary to hammer a jar to failure, leaving only a couple of centimeters of free space on top. So, you need to pour so much flour so that it closes this free space, and then close the jar with a lid. It’s easier to watch the teeth and check if they have started to deteriorate, and if the flour is damp. If it starts to get damp, then it is as carefully as possible so that it does not get inside the can, clean and replace with a new, absolutely dry one.

Salt. Instead of flour, you can use ordinary table salt. But you need to do it in a different way: first pour salt on the bottom of the can, then put the garlic and so on layer by layer, until the end of the can. The salt should be dry, but as you know, it absorbs moisture, so garlic can dry, therefore, no lid is needed.

As you can see, there are many ways to store onions and garlic, even very, choose any and let's arrange a small vote in the comments. Who considers the storage method to be the best of these, write and indicate why.