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Drying onions


by Jane Moore

I've been drying out onions to prepare them for storage. This batch was lifted - from sodden beds - during the non-stop rains of late July, then spread in a single layer on crates and mushroom boxes in the shed.


OnionsI've been drying out onions to prepare them for storage. This batch was lifted - from sodden beds - during the non-stop rains of late-July, then spread in a single layer on crates and mushroom boxes in the shed. Ordinarily, I would have left them out on sun-baked earth in the hot August sun.

After a few weeks in the shed I took the onions home. Some of them were whoppers and were very heavy because of all water they had absorbed. At home, every consistently sunny day, I moved the onions from the kitchen to the garden, laying them on the garden furniture in the sun, taking them back inside at night. I'm sure this helped dry them out.

The last couple of weeks they've been drying off in the kitchen, mainly because it's too chilly to put them outside. I think they're now ready for storage as the skins are dry and papery and they feel firm. Any that are soft or damp (which would make them prone to rotting during storage) will be kept in the kitchen to use first. The rest are going in string bags to be hung up in the garage, where I'm hoping they'll last for a good few months.



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Gardeners' World Web User 27/10/2008 at 14:33

I usually lay the harvested garlic & onions over the lower shelf of my greenhouse staging until nicely dry. This works very well

Gardeners' World Web User 30/10/2008 at 23:50

I wish to know why my parsnips, though a nice size and weight are scabby,rather than the nice smooth appearance that appears on the label.

Gardeners' World Web User 03/11/2008 at 21:59

I also lifted my onions in august and dried off in the sun when dry and in the greenhouse when the wheather was wet,I thought I had saved them for storage but suddenly went soft and lost the lot.Could anybody say why?

Gardeners' World Web User 19/11/2008 at 23:53

Last year here in Oz we lost some of our onion crop due to six weeks of wet weather (lost 3 acres of spuds due to rot) and this onions years is almost ready to lift - I'm doing some online research today to find out if there were any old fashioned methods - not much info about so thanks Jane - our experience seems to indicate you get them out when most of the tops have fallen over and dry them as quickly as you can.

Gardeners' World Web User 19/11/2008 at 23:57

Gregorio - how did you store them? I suggest leaving the tops on after drying and hang up in a shed or garage.

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