How To Pick and Store Red Onions: Ultimate Guide?

Last Updated on December 14, 2021

How do you pick out onions at the store?
Do you even need to?
When buying onions, there are two main types: red and white.
Both have their pros and cons.
White onions are milder and sweeter, but they don’t last nearly as long as red ones.
Red onions are stronger and have a deeper flavor, but they tend to dry out faster.
In this post I will explain you how to choose between the two types of onion, and also give you some tips on storing them.

Best Way to Store Onions

Onions are a staple ingredient in many dishes. From salads to soups, stews, and even desserts, onions are used in almost every recipe. But how long does an onion last? And what happens if you store onions improperly? Here’s everything you need to know about storing onions properly. How to Store Onions Properly 1 Keep them dry. This is the easiest way to ensure that your onions stay fresh longer. Make sure that your onions get plenty of air circulation. Place them in a bowl or bag with holes in it. Or wrap them in paper towels and place them in a plastic bag.

Do not store the whole onions in the fridge

You can store onions in the refrigerator but it is better to store them in the pantry because they tend to lose moisture faster. It is recommended to store onions in a cool, dark place. 2 Do not refrigerate onions after peeling them. Refrigerating peeled onions will cause them to turn brown and become soft. 3 Do not wash onions until you are ready to use them. Washing onions removes the natural oils that protect them from bacteria growth.

Store onions in a cool, dry, dark, and well-ventilated room

Do not refrigerate onions after peel ing them. Refrigerating onions will cause them to lose moisture faster. Store onions in a cool, light, dry, and well ventilated area. 2 Do not wash onions until ready to use. Wash onions remove the natural oils that protect against bacterial growth. 3 Do not cut onions until ready to use them. Cutting onions releases the juices that help prevent spoilage.

Storing Onions at Different Processing Stages

Onions are available year round but peak season is from September to November. During this period, the demand for onions is higher than usual. This is because people eat onions during the winter months.


Peeling onions is not necessary if you are planning to store them whole. However, if you are planning to slice or chop them, peeling helps prevent discoloration. To peel onions, cut off the root end and put the onion into a bowl of cold water. After about 15 minutes, remove the onion and drain well. Peel the skin away from the onion using a paring knife.

Sliced, cut, or diced

If you are planning to slice, dice, or cut onions, you do not need to peel them. Just wash them thoroughly and dry them well. Cooking


Sliced, cut, and diced If you are slicing, cutting, or dicing onions, you do not have to peel them. Just clean them thoroughly and dry them completely.


Pickling is a process where vinegar is added to vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, or other ingredients to preserve them. It is used to extend the shelf life of these items. Pickles are usually served as condiments or side dishes. There are many types of pickles. These include sweet pickles pickle relish, sour pickles cucumber pickles, chutneys chili sauce, kimchi Korean pickled cabbage, sauerkraut German fermented cabbage, and sambal oelek Indonesian chili paste.

Storing Different Types of Onions

Onions are a versatile vegetable that can be used in many different ways. They can be eaten raw, cooked, chopped, sliced, diced, or even pureed into a soup. They can be used in salads, sandwiches, soups, stews, casseroles, and stir-fries. They can be used as a garnish for meat or seafood dishes. And they can be stuffed, baked, grilled, fried, roasted, or braised. Onions are available year round but peak season runs from fall to spring. In the United States, onions are grown commercially in California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Sweet Onions

Sweet onions are usually white, yellow, red, or purple. They are generally milder in flavor than regular onions. They are typically sweeter and smaller in size. Most sweet onions are harvested when still immature and green. They are harvested when they are about 1/2 inch long. They are then stored in a cool, dark place until ready to use. They are then peeled and cut into wedges or slices.

Dry bulb onions

Dry bulb onions are grown under dry conditions. They are harvested when mature but not fully ripe. They are then dried in the sun or in an oven. They are then stored for several months until needed. They are then peeled, sliced, and cooked.

What you need:

1 A clean cutting board or any other surface that won’t stick. 2 A knife. 3 An onion. 4 A bowl. 5 Salt. 6 Water. 7 A spoon. 8 A timer. 9 A hot pan. 10 Oil. 11 A towel. 12 A plate. 13 A measuring cup. 14 A strainer. 15 A colander. 16 A fork. 17 A cutting board. 18 A paper towel. 19 A baking sheet. 20 A spatula. 21 A peeler. 22 A knife sharpener. 23 A vegetable brush. 24 A cutting board. 25 A dishcloth. 26 A jar opener. 27 A knife. 28 A cutting board. 29 A cutting board. 30 A cutting board. 31 A cutting board. 32 A cutting board. 33 A cutting board. 34 A cutting board. 35 A cutting board. 36 A cutting board. 37 A cutting board. 38 A cutting board. 39 A cutting board. 40 A cutting board. 41 A cutting board. 42 A cutting board.


1 Cut off the root end of the onion. 2 Slice the onion into thin slices. 3 Put salt on the onion slices. 4 Let sit for about 10 minutes. 5 Rinse the onions under cold running water. 6 Drain the onions well. 7 Place the onions in a bowl. 8 Add enough cold water to cover the onions. 9 Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. 10 Set aside for at least 30 minutes. 11 Drain the onions again. 12 Repeat steps 8-10 until the onions become soft. 13 Peel the skin from the onions. 14 Chop the onions finely. 15 Heat a pan over medium heat. 16 Pour enough oil into the pan to coat the bottom. 17 Fry the onions in the oil for about 5 minutes. 18 Remove the onions from the pan. 19 Sprinkle the onions with salt. 20 Return the onions to the pan. 21 Cook the onions for another 5 minutes. 22 Remove the onions from pan. 23 Allow the onions to cool slightly. 24 Transfer the onions to a strainer. 25 Press down firmly on the onions to remove excess liquid. 26 Using a paper towel, pat dry the onions. 27 Cut the onions into strips. 28 Arrange the onions on a serving platter. 29 Serve immediately.

Green onions

Instructions: 1 Wash the green onions thoroughly. 2 Trim the roots and dark green tops. 3 Cut the white part of the green onions into short lengths. 4 Mix together the sugar and soy sauce in a bowl. 5 Dip each piece of green onion into the mixture. 6 Lay the pieces of green onion on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 7 Bake the green onions in a preheated oven set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes. 8 Cool the baked green onions. 9 Store the cooled green onions in an airtight container. 10 Use the green onions within two weeks. How to cut green onions


Chives are perennial herbaceous plants in the genus Allium onion family. They are cultivated worldwide for their leaves, which are used as a flavoring agent in many cuisines. Chives are native to Europe and Asia, but were introduced to North America by European settlers during the 17th century.

How to Pick Good Onions in the Grocery Store

Onions are available year round, but peak season is from September to November. Choose onions that feel firm and heavy for their size. Avoid any that explain signs of sprouting or mold. Onions should not be refrigerated after harvest. Keep them in a cool, dark place until ready to use.

Red Onions

Red onions are milder than white onions and have a sweeter flavor. They are generally used raw in salads and sandwiches. White onions are usually cooked and served as part of a dish.

White Onion

White onions are usually peeled and sliced into thin strips. They are usually added to soups, stews, casseroles, dips, salad dressings, and sauces.


White onions are usually peeled, but not always. Peeling white onions is optional. It depends on how you like your onions. If you prefer your onions to be peeled, then peel them. Otherwise, leave them unpeeled.

Yellow Onion

Peel off the outer layer of the onion using a sharp knife. Cut the onion into slices. Remove any seeds from the onion. Red Onion


Peel off the outer layer of red onion using a sharp knife. Cut the onion into slices. Remove any seeds from the onions. Green Onions peel off the outer layer using a sharp knife. cut the green onion into slices. remove any seeds from the onions White Onions peel the white part of the onion using a vegetable peeler. cut the onion into slices. remove the seeds from the onions

Sweet Onions

Peel off the outer layer using the vegetable peeler. Cut the sweet onion into slices. Remove the seeds from the onions.

Pearl Onions

Pearl onions are smaller than regular onions. Peel off the outer layer using a vegetable peeler. Cut pearl onions into halves or quarters. Remove the seeds from onions. Cherry Tomatoes Answer: Cherry tomatoes are round and red in color. Wash cherry tomatoes thoroughly under running tap water. Dry them well. Green Beans Answer: Green beans are long slender green vegetables. Wash green beans thoroughly under running tap water and dry them well.

How to Dehydrate Onions for Food Storage

Dehydrating onions is a great way to preserve them for later use. It is very easy to dehydrate onions. Simply cut them into slices and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the cookie sheet in the oven at 110 degrees F 45 C until completely dried. This process takes about 12 hours. Once the onions are completely dried, store them in airtight containers.

Using a dehydrator

A dehydrator is a tool used to dry fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, fish, and other food items. A dehydrator uses low temperatures to remove moisture from food while maintaining its natural nutrients. Many people use a dehydrator to dry fruit and vegetables because it does not require any special equipment. Dehydrators are available in many sizes and shapes.

Using an Oven

Ovens are very useful tools for baking bread, cookies, cakes, pies, and pastries. An oven can be used to bake, roast, grill, and even smoke food. It is important to know how to operate an oven correctly. For instance, if you put raw meat into an oven, it could potentially burn. Always read the directions carefully before using an oven.

Using Microwave

Microwave ovens are great for heating up leftovers, reheating meals, and making quick dinners. A microwave oven heats food quickly because it uses electromagnetic radiation instead of convection or conduction to transfer energy from the magnetron to the food. This type of heating works well for heating liquids but not for heating solid food. To heat solid food, you need to use a conventional stovetop or oven.

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