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How to Store Spring Onions to Stay Fresher for Longer

storing spring onions

Want to know the best way to store spring onions? Let me show you how to store spring onions for maximum freshness and minimal food waste.

Now that spring onions are in season, did you know there’s a special technique on how to store spring onions?  It’s true, there is a special no-fuss method you can use to keep your spring onions fresher for longer.  And there’s no special equipment required, or multiple steps to follow.

The Wrong Way

storing spring onions

When I used to buy or pick spring onions I used to put them straight into the fridge as they were, and they tended to wilt within a couple of days, tops.  It turns out this is the worst way to store spring onions, as the cold air of the fridge causes the spring onions to lose a lot of moisture. There really is nothing worse than wilted spring onions when you really fancy an omelette (this recipe is my favourite).  Or my personal favourite way to serve spring onions – finely chopped and sprinkled on buttered potatoes.

How to Store Spring Onions Correctly

Recently I learned how to store spring onions correctly.  There’s no special magic involved – just give them the cut flowers treatment!  When you pick or buy your spring onions simply keep them in a glass or vase of water on your kitchen countertop.  There’s no need to refrigerate – just keep the water topped up.

Here’s a pictorial representation of my spring onion bouquet – stored in a charity shop glass find!

how to store spring onions

Your family and friends might think you’re a bit absurd storing your spring onions in this manner, but you’ll have the last laugh!  Your spring onions will stay firm and crunchy for around a week using this method, as opposed to lasting a couple of days in the fridge.

A quick tip, though. As with cut flowers, remember to change your spring onion water when it turns cloudy for optimum freshness.

You can also store celery, asparagus, and other stalk vegetables in this way to help store them longer.  Even lettuce can be stored in water like this. I’m pretty sure that soon my kitchen is going to resemble a florist’s workshop!

And did you know you can even regrow your spring onions once you’ve finished with them?!  It’s true – no sorcery involved!

PS: if you found this article on storing spring onions useful then you’ll also enjoy my post on 10 food waste tips

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Tips to Make Fresh Food Last Longer

tips to make fresh food last longer

Looking to reduce your food waste?  Let me share with you some top tips to make fresh food last longer.

Food waste is a huge issue. In fact, food production is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. So much so, that about one-third of greenhouse emissions globally come from agriculture.

Despite this, both at the household level and at the manufacturing level, we are very wasteful when it comes to food. 30% of the food we produce is wasted – about 1.8 billion tonnes of it a year. So much so, that it has been estimated that if food waste was a country, it would be the third-highest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China.  Isn’t that terrifying?

Useful Tips to Make Fresh Food Last Longer

The good thing is that there are lots of things we can do at home to reduce food waste.  I’ve come across this really useful infographic which has some great tips to make fresh food last longer.

Any long-term Moral Fibres readers might already know the first tip, but there were a couple here that were new to me.  I didn’t know that you shouldn’t refrigerate tomatoes, and I also wasn’t aware that you should ideally store cheese in cardboard.   I’ll be giving that Tupperware container in my fridge that’s full of cheese the side-eye then…!

See what you will learn:

how to make tomatoes last longer
how to make mushrooms last longer
how to store potatoes
how to store cheese

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What More Can I Do?

I have lots more food waste tips you can follow at home to reduce your food waste. However, the buck shouldn’t just stop with householders.  Food manufacturers have a huge part to play in reducing food waste. The good news is that there is a host of companies out there, making not just one product, but their entire range from surplus food, or food waste.  Check out my post on the food waste heroes helping to save the planet to be inspired. 

You can also sign this petition to help stop food waste within supermarket supply chains. 

ps: if you like this post on tips to make fresh food last longer, then check out my ten more tips to reduce food waste