How to Store Green Onions/Scallions

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How to Store Green Onions. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Do your green onions always seem to turn limp and slimy before you get around to using them? It's probably the way you're storing them. Just switch to one of these methods of storing green onions, and you'll find they last days longer.

Option 1:

Place your green onions in a jar, and fill it with an inch or two of water (just enough to cover the roots). Then, place the jar on the windowsill in your kitchen.

Your onions will not only stay fresh, but continue to grow. Change or add water every couple days, as needed.

Option 2:

Place your green onions in a jar with a bit of water (just like option 1). Then, cover them with a plastic bag, and store them in the refrigerator. Replace the water every couple days. Just be sure to stick them where they aren't likely to get knocked over.

Option 3:

Wrap the ends of your green onions in a slightly damp paper towel. Then, place them inside a plastic bag or storage container. Re-moisten the paper towel, if it dries out; replace it, if it because too wet.

Don't be Too Quick to Toss Those Past-Their-Prime Onions!

If you cut off the last inch of each onion (the white part with the roots) and plant it in your garden (or even in a pot on your windowsill), your onions will regrow themselves. Yes, really!

And even cooler: if you just snip off the tops whenever you need green onions, but leave the white part with the roots planted in the ground, your onions will grow back yet again.

You can keep doing this as long as you don't disturb the roots.

In many places, green onions will even survive the winter. It's pretty neat to be able to walk outside for fresh green onions in the middle of December. So, if you've never tried regrowing green onions, give it a go. I kept the same bunch of grocery store green onions growing for a couple years before someone who didn't know my trick helped me by harvesting them.

Whoops!

If the idea of regrowing your groceries geeks you out as much as it does me, be sure to check out these other groceries that you can regrow in your garden.

Uses for Green Onions

Now that you know how to keep green onions fresh, either by storing them properly or regrowing them in your garden, you're probably going to need some new ideas to help you use up all of those fresh green onions that you have at your disposal. I recommend trying this green onion dip mix. You can also use your excess to make savory scallion pancakes and breads; or try mixing some into cream cheese to create your own flavored spread.

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