I’m guilty of not storing my veggies properly. I’m also guilty of not EATING my veggies soon enough. Each week at the grocery store I have the best intentions of an upcoming week of healthy meals, often to find that my produce goes bad before I get to them. Needless to say I need more veggies in my diet (for another post)! But for veggies such as onions, garlic & shallots that often come in a large bag (when I only need one!), it can be hard to keep these lasting long if they’re not stored properly.
Fortunately, there’s another solution outside of downing the bag of garlic like you’re in the world championships. There’s a contest for everything nowadays, huh? All you need is 5 minutes and a couple supplies around the house.
Supplies needed to keep your vegetables fresh
- Paper bags (I use the lunch bag size, but you could use larger ones)
- Black sharpie
- Hole punch
Fold your paper bag length wise and punch holes one inch apart. This step is a MUST as this provides air circulation for the veggies. Contrary to how meticulous I was punching the holes EXACTLY one inch apart, Joe (my husband) pointed out that the produce doesn’t actually last longer if the holes are perfectly even! 🙂 Just make sure you don’t punch holes on the bottom. Also, leave about an inch on the top with no holes.
Turn your bags upside down and write the name of the produce with your sharpie. You could be much more specific with your labels than I was (red onions, yellow onions, etc.). Admittedly when a recipes calls for a specific color onion, I just use whichever one I have!
Store these bags in a cool dark place (kitchen drawer, cabinet, or a pantry) for up to a few months!