Keep onions fresh for months by keeping them away from common dinner ingredient

Yellow / white / brown / sweet onion. Cut the onion into thin slices.
Onions can be kept longer if you store them right - and keep them away from one item -Credit:Getty

Buying onions only for them to go soft and leaving you unable to cook with them isn't great - especially if you need them for dinner and can't nip out to get fresh ones.

But thankfully in a bid to stop us from throwing food out, Sarah Taylor, food hygiene expert at High Speed Training, has shared her expertise on the proper techniques for preserving onions, ensuring they remain fresh and flavourful for extended periods.

Contrary to popular belief, the expert advises against refrigerating onions, as the cold and moisture can lead to premature spoilage. She also warns people not to store them beside potatoes as it could ruin both vegetables.

She explained: “Onions are best stored in a dry, dark place and should not be kept in the fridge." Talking about what to do as soon as you get home, she advises to remove them from their packaging to allow the air to circulate around them.

She added: "Keep them separate from potatoes, as the two together may impact the lifespan of both items.”

potato and onion
Keep onions separate from potatoes -Credit:Getty

For those keen on convenience without sacrificing flavour, Sarah says you can dice onions and place them in a freezer bag, sealing in their freshness for future use, reports the Express.

Chopped onions can be safely stored in the refrigerator for short-term use or frozen for extended periods, offering flexibility if you like quick meals.

Don't miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond. Sign up to our daily newsletter.