For all of you who buy garlic and onions in a great amount and end up throwing it all up because it has gone bad before you get the chance to eat it, this article will be quite useful. It offers you some simple ways of how to preserve those and make them last longer.

Whenever you see a little green sprout on the top of your garlic or a little mold on the onions, it means that they have gone bad. Therefore if you are planning to plant them, this is the right time for you. However since most of us would have them just for the purpose of eating, we should avoid this process, right?

Here’s what you’ll need to store your garlic and onions, so they could last for months:

  1. A hole punch
  2. Brown Lunch Paper Bags
  3. Paper Clips (used to keep the bags closed)
  4. Firm and Blemish free garlic and onions


First, you should punch the bags as you wish, and you can do it all the way to the upper half of the bags. You should make miltiple rows of holes by folding the bag a few times and then punching in a row, while leaving a space of about an inch between the punches.

You can also do this if you hold the bag lengthwise and punch along one of the sides, while flipping the folded bag over and punching the bag along the other edge, approximately 1 between the punches. The holes that you’ll make will serve for ventilation, so you shouldn’t mind if they are perfect or not.

Afterwards, you should fill the bag up to half full and fold it over the top, while labeling it and paper slipping it with the top down.

The bag will serve to preserve the garlic and onions for a longer period of time; because of the holes that you’ll punch which will make the air circulate around the vegetables inside.

You can still place the onions and garlic in the same drawers you’ve kept them before, just have in mind not to crowd them. You can use regular plastic bags which will keep the bags upright and also offer enough room for air to circulate. The bins can also be placed on pantry or cabinet shelves.

Always have in mind that whether the onions and garlic will last long or not will mainly depend on the temperature, humidity and light conditions of the storage place.

Extra Tips:

No closed plastic bags: If you store them in closed plastic bags, there will be lack of air which will cause even faster sprouting and spoiling. An open plastic bag or a paper bag is always a better idea.

No potatoes close to your onions and garlic: The gases that potatoes give off will make the onions and garlic go bad faster, so you should always avoid keeping these two together in one drawer.

No refrigerating: The cold temperature from the refrigerator will definitely soften the onions and also give off their flavor to other products in the fridge. Therefore keeping them in a dark and dry place, such as a basement, will always be a better idea.

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