You may have been wondering, “How old are onions at the grocery store?” After all, they’re usually stored at room temperature, right? But how long does it take them to go bad? In a recent video posted on Shay Myers’ TikTok account, a third-generation farmer from Oregon answers this question by explaining how onions are stored so long. The video has already been viewed more than 4 million times!
They are stored at room temperature
Stored at room temperature, onions must be handled carefully and should not be placed in plastic bags or wrappers. These prevent proper air circulation and may shorten the shelf life of onions. Make sure the onions feel firm and have no visible sprouting. They should also be free of any moisture. It’s also best to store them away from heat and direct sunlight.
Onions will last about 2 months if they’re stored properly. They can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. However, storing them in the refrigerator doesn’t guarantee freshness. You should also store cooked onions in the fridge. If you’re preparing a dish with the onions, you can store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you’re storing the onions in the refrigerator, make sure you use an airtight container or cover them in aluminum foil.
When buying onions at the grocery store, keep in mind that onions can go bad if not stored properly. The shelf life of onions depends on several factors, but at room temperature, they can last about three months. Onions should also be stored in the refrigerator or freezer to prolong their life.
Refrigerated whole peeled onions have a shelf life of 10-14 days. Similarly, diced or sliced onions have a shelf life of seven to 10 days. To extend their shelf life, make sure you store them in an airtight plastic bag or container.
Onions are best stored in a cool, dry place. You can place them on parchment paper or a freezer tray and place them in the freezer for 45 minutes to an hour. This method will keep them from clumping. Then, transfer them into a freezer bag or vacuum-sealed containers.
Garlic is also best stored at room temperature. Keep it in a cool, dark pantry. Avoid refrigerating garlic as this will reduce its shelf life. If you can’t keep them in the refrigerator, try wrapping them in paper or linen. Asparagus is a tricky vegetable to store. Store it in a tall, cool, dark cabinet.
When buying onions, make sure to check the storage condition. Look for signs of mold or slime. These are signs of microorganisms feeding on the onion. Consuming such contaminated onions can be hazardous to your health. Various types of fungi that thrive indoors include Fusarium, Penicillium, and Alternaria. These fungi can cause infections, irritants, and hypersensitivity disorders.