How to Keep Onions

My nephew’s football team was selling 25 pound bags of Vidalia onions a few weeks ago as a fund raiser for their team. Of course I snapped them up, thinking of all the delicious dishes I could make with 25 pounds of onions.

And then they were delivered. Did you know that 25 pounds of onions is a whole lot of onions?

Well, luckily, I remembered my Grandmother would always have onions on hand from those she’d grown in her garden. She’d have them practically year-round and without any of the stink of onions going bad in her pantry.

You know that smell?

Yeah, I do too. It’s not very pleasant.

So I decided I either had to crank out one onion dish after another for a week or get busy storing them as my Grandmother did many years ago.

Here’s how you store onions using the good ole pantyhose method.


Keeping Onions

1. Cut the leg out of the pantyhose, being sure to maintain as much of the pantyhose leg as possible.

2. Push one onion into the bottom of the pantyhose toe and tie a knot as close to the top of the onion as possible.

3. Place a second onion into the pantyhose right next to the knot, tie a knot at the top of the second onion.

4. Repeat until you’ve reached the top of the pantyhose leg. Tie a final knot.

5. Hang the pantyhose on a hook in your pantry or preferred spot making sure that air can completely circulate around the onions.

Note: For 25 pounds of Vidalia onions, I needed two pairs of pantyhose. The number of hose will depend on the size of the onions, etc.


So now, don’t be afraid of buying your onions in bulk.

24 comments on “How to Keep Onions”

  1. For real!? I had NO IDEA that people used pantyhose to store onions. I’ll have to give it a try!

  2. This is fascinating!

    Who knew?

  3. Great tips… I am totally going to use your ideas!!

  4. Thanks for the tip! How long will they last this way?

    • I called my Grandmother when I remembered them hanging in her house. She said they would last about six months as long as they weren’t bruised, were hanging in a place where they could get good air circulation, and were kept cool and dry. Hope that helps!

  5. That is a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing.

  6. My Mom and Dad have done this for years…but I seemed to “forget” about it…so now I’m going to start doing it myself. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. Wow, that’s very clever. It must create air circulation so they don’t rot, eh?

  8. A million years ago, when we gardened, this is how I dried my onions and kept them. My mother taught me (I’m way older than you, lol) but she didn’t have panty hose, she had those old fashioned ones so no need to cut off a leg 🙂

  9. Wow, great tip!!! I’d never have guessed!

  10. This sounds like a worthwhile reason to go buy pantyhose!

  11. OMG, I’m laughing so hard envisioning legs of pantyhose with onions in them, like little round sausages. Our pantry is too small to do that, but it’s a great idea!

  12. what are pantyhose . . . just kidding . . . but i haven’t worn any in years and years . . . and i am NOT kidding about that one!! i’ve actually heard about this tip but never have tried it . . . you know what they say though . . . grandmother’s are smart, so we’d better listen up!!

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  14. Can’t wait to try this. Have to buy a pair of hose (haven’t worn them in ages it seems like!). I love onions and often they do go bad even in a cool space in a basket, i see they don’t get too much air circulating that way!! Thank you.

  15. I am going to try that. You can also freeze them can’t you?

  16. I don’t have pantry space for this but I guess I could hang them in the basement. Cute idea and I actually have some old pantyhose around. My husband uses knee high hose to tie up the tomato plants.

  17. Would it work in Arizona when the garage is 100 degrees (or more) and the house is in the 80’s? Or can I freeze them?

  18. Vidalia Onions have got a lot of sugar and need to be kept in the Refrigerator That’s why you can eat them like Apples they have low sulphur content

  19. I had heard of this before. I usually grow red onions and I keep them similar to this in net bags that I save from oranges etc. I don’t know where I learned to not let them touch? Fun to hear this even works in the humid south! It is sort of like we make ristras with garlic and chilies!

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