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How to store onions


Stringing onions is a great way of storing gluts, as you can keep a large number of bulbs in a small space. Hang them in a cool, dry, frost-free place - such as a shed - until you need to bring them into the kitchen. If you have room, grow more onions than you need and string them up to see you through the winter.

Leave your bulbs to dry out thoroughly before you string them, by laying them out and leaving them in the sun for a few days. If it's raining, lay them on trays in a warm, dry place, such as a shed or conservatory. Choose the best quality bulbs to store - any that are damp and moist should be eaten straight away as they won't store well and will be prone to mould and mildew.

How to do it


Knot one end of the cord back onto itself to make a sliding noose. Then tie the other end onto a strong hook or wooden beam.


Wind the tops of three or four onions through the noose to create a 'pendulum' at the bottom of the cord.


Wrap the tops of each of the remaining onions around the cord, then slide them down onto the pendulum. As the onions stack up, their weight tightens the noose at the bottom and pinches the onions in place.

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Doris Allen 16/10/2012 at 14:41

I need instructions on how to tie a noose?
The rest of the instructions are straight forward.

meribest 31/08/2013 at 12:06

My mother used a long double length loop of twine to string up her onions. You then don't need a special noose but just tie three or four big onions together at the bottom, and then bring your double cord up to a hook to hang it on. You can push the neck of each onion thereafter between the two cords before twisting the leaves around and it holds them tight beautifully. She also twisted the cord each time, but I never found that necessary.

Welshonion 31/08/2013 at 12:35

They do look lovely strung up, but it is not necessary.  Onions store very well in plastic tray. Or in an old pair of tights if you want to hang them up.

Pankervanman 03/08/2015 at 13:53

Do you need to cut off the leaves of onions before storing or drying?