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Pantyhose Are the Secret to Storing Onions

Onions sit on a cutting board.
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Let’s be honest. No one likes wearing pantyhose. The good news about the undergarment, though, is that they can be repurposed in a way you might not expect.

Pantyhose are a great way to store dry bulb onions—yes, really.

Dry bulb onions (like yellow onions) can actually last for months if stored correctly, and one way to do it is with a pair of pantyhose. The hosiery helps to keep the sulfurous compounds within the onion sealed closely without preventing the produce from breathing. When you couple this with keeping the vegetable in a cool, dry place, you’ve got a way to keep them fresh for months

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How exactly do you store them in pantyhose, though?

First, be sure to inspect the onion for any soft spots, mold, or damage. Your onion should be perfect before storage. Next, cut off the legs from a pair of pantyhose and drop an onion inside. Once it’s at the foot, tie it off. Then insert another onion. Continue this process until you’ve got all of them in hosiery.

Hang the onions in a cool, dry place (ideally, a location with a temperature between 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit like a basement), and when you need one, cut a small slit into the hose and pull an onion out. Then, when you buy more, simply slip one back into that spot.

When you do need that onion, make sure you check out this clever trick that’ll have it diced in under a minute.

[Via The Spruce Eats]

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