How To Store Your Garlic, Onions And Shallots So They Can Last For Months
1. Make sure onions, garlic etc are firm and blemish free.
2. Use brown lunch paper bags.
3. Hole punch.
4. Paper clips for holding bags closed.
How to make:
1. Punch the bags. You can do this any way you wish, even randomly all about the upper half of the bags. Typically holes are punched by folding the bag a few times and then punching in a row, spacing the punches an inch or so apart. Another method would be to fold the bag in half lengthwise, punch along one edge, flip the folded bag over and punch along the other edge, approximately 1” between punches. It by no means needs to be perfect, simply punch holes for ventilation. The result is multiple rows of holes.
2. Fill the bag up to half full (just below or at first punched holes), fold over the top, label it and paper clip it to hold the top down.”
Hoax or Fact:
Fact, with some missing information.
Messages circulating through social media and forums suggest an easy and interesting way to store Garlic, Onions and Shallots in Brown Lunch Paper Bags, saying that it will help them last for months. It is a fact, but the storage period depends on other criterion as well.
Onions, shallots and garlic can sprout, rot and spoil over time when exposed to extreme cold or hot temperatures and light. The message suggests an easy way to keep them fresh and extend their storage period, perhaps for months.
Onions, shallots and garlic last longer when stored in cool, dark and dry places with good air circulation. Storing them in punched brown lunch paper bags as described in the message will provide such conditions -- plenty of dry air and little light to inhibit sprouting. These paper bags are more breathable than plastic and help prevent spoilage.
Note that Onions should not be stored with potatoes, because when potatoes ripen, they give off moisture and gases that cause onions to spoil more rapidly.
The advantage of using paper bags for storing potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic is that they are inexpensive, can be reused again and again until they wear out, and are even recyclable. However, the specific storage life of the aforementioned foods stored in the paper bags depends and varies with the quality of the foods, and also the temperature, humidity and lighting conditions of the place where they are stored.