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A few weeks ago we went to Miller Farms and harvested over 150 lbs of produce to bring home for the grand ole cost of $30. 
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One of the things we got a lot of was onions. OMG onions. They were huge, and delicious. There were a lot of rotted onions in the field so we had to be picky but the ones we did get are amazing.

I have learned, from a long summer of cleaning onions that I have gotten at the farmers market, the easiest way to clean and peel onions without much of the “onion” smell.

 

The onions go right from the ground into a bag, then into my kitchen.

The onions go right from the ground into a bag, then into my kitchen.

We dumped the onions into the sink with the sink put and an extra washcloth over the plug so no dirt would get into the drain.

We dumped the onions into the sink with the sink put and an extra washcloth over the plug so no dirt would get into the drain.

The onion still had dead plant matter on top so we cut off each top.

The onion still had dead plant matter on top so we cut off each top.

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Then ran the onion under the water and gently peeled away the outer layer of the skin.

Then ran the onion under the water and gently peeled away the outer layer of the skin.

Leaving a nice, clean looking onion ready to store and use as needed.

Leaving a nice, clean looking onion ready to store and use as needed.

This whole process takes less than a minute per onion and you are left with beautiful looking onions to use.

Once you are ready to eat your onion, run it under the water again and the outer skin will come right off! So easy!

When you cut your onion, run it under cold water right after you cut into it to reduce the eye burning, tear producing odor. You will LOVE this trick! It works wonders.

Onion Storage Instructions:

  • Store your onions in a cool, dark, dry place.
  • Make sure that after you clean it, it has a chance to lay on a flat surface with air access on all sides so the outer layer skin can properly dry. The outer skin keeps the moisture inside the onion.
  • If your onion has a soft squishy spot on top it is starting to rot. Toss it in the compost pile.
  • You can hang onions in stockings for longer storage.

We use onions just about every day so we are definitely going back next weekend to get more! I love onions!

How about you? How do you store and process your onions? Any quick, easy tips?

 

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13 Responses to How to Clean Peel an Onion – Tiny Tidbit Tuesday

  1. Wow, what a haul! I’d love to find a farm that would let me pick things I don’t grow in my little gardens.

    I love those big onions in your photo. Like you, I use onions daily. You might be interested in the way I obtain onions cheaply for when your stash runs out, How I Save Money Buying Onions

  2. Good to know! One time my friend’s little brother was assigned the task of cutting onions. He ran back to his room and grabbed his swim goggles. Genius.

  3. Nicolle says:

    Love that farm!! Join their CSA and going to the festival is included!

  4. I will be doing this trick in a few hours. I will be making a stew for tonight’s dinner.

  5. It was cool, no tears. I made a shrimp creole dish.

  6. Becky says:

    This year was our first for growing onions. I just sniped the tops off and peeled back a layer or two before placing them in a bowl in the kitchen. Thanks for linking this tip up to Tuesday Greens!

  7. Great tips! Last year we got a LOT of onions from our CSA, and some were rather small, so it was a big pain! Now I know!

  8. Nice score!! Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  9. Great tips!
    I also wear my sunglasses when I work with onions and it seems to help as well.
    Wish we could produce such a haul!

  10. This is a really useful method for preparing onions (and avoiding the burn!). I’d love it if you linked this post up at Small Footprint Fridays, a new sustainable living linkup!

    http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/small-footprint-friday-sustainable-living-linkup-100512

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks for reminding me about your hop! Fridays always seem to slip by. I linked this and one more! Congratulations on the new hop!

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