Saturday, August 11, 2012

Drying and curing my onion harvest

I harvested my onions this week!

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As the tops started to droop, I pushed over the rest of the tops and let them sit in the ground for 3 days in the hot sun.  Then I moved them to an old screen door I laid between two saw horses and set them to cure.  Generally curing takes a week or more.  They must be out until all the green in the stems is gone, the roots are dry and brittle, and the onion skin is good and papery. 

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At that point you can store them in a cool place as a braid or in a mesh bag or basket.  I choose to keep them next to my panty shelf in the garage in a mesh basket.  I do not store onions with potatoes or squash due to the fact that they give off a gas that causes them to rot faster.  I just consider onions not to play well with others.  ;)

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They are fine to use while waiting for them to cure, but until they are cured, they do not store well at all.  In my case, I will go out and get one off the curing screen when I need one. 

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I turn them every few days to make sure all sides dry evenly and when the tops are brown and dry I will braid some to give as gifts to neighbors and friends.

Happy harvesting!

1 comment:

tanyahulbert said...

I have so many onions so thank you for this suggestion. I am also wanting to can some as "slicers" for sandwiches.