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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