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I’m a food hygiene expert – this is how to store onions in the kitchen if you want to keep them fresher for longer

A food hygiene expert has revealed the best spots in the kitchen to store onions in if to ensure they stay fresher for a longer period of time.....CONTINUE READING

Sarah Taylor, food hygiene expert at High Speed Training, told: ‘Onions are best stored in a dry, dark place and should not be kept in the fridge.’

To preserve them for longer, Sarah recommends removing them from their plastic packaging upon purchase.

This allows air to circulate around the onions, which in turn helps to prevent moisture from building up, keeping them fresh and crisp.

To preserve onions for longer, Sarah recommends removing them from their plastic packaging upon purchase (stock image)

She continued: ‘Remove them from their plastic bag to allow the air to circulate around them, and keep them separate from potatoes, as the two together may impact the lifespan of both items.’

When it came to onions that you have already chopped, Sarah says you should transfer them to a freezer bag, which helps seal in their freshness for future use.

These chopped onions can be safely stored in the refrigerator for short-term use or frozen for extended periods to keep your eyes from welling up in the future.

It comes after home cooks revealed their bestwhen cutting them.

Commenters on Facebook said: ‘Buy a Tupperware onion chopper. The best buy and worth the $65 I paid. You can also use it on mushrooms so I hide them in spaghetti bolognese for my boyfriend’.

‘Rinse the onion in hot water after you’ve cut it in half and before you begin chopping,’ said another.

Others suggested putting the onion in the freezer for 10 minutes before peeling and dicing, while another said the fridge will also do the same job in an hour.

‘Try keeping the ‘butt’ on your onion. That end bit means there are minimal tears,’ another person said.

Onions produce a chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide. It stimulates the eyes’ lachrymal glands so they release tears.

While that may sound serious, the chemical will only ever irritate your eyes, it won’t cause any permanent damage.

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