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Why You Should Never Keep Your Onions In The Fridge

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Seeing as our cooking skills stretch as far as instant noodle meal and a packet of salted crisps, we’re not exactly experts when it comes to knowing how to store food correctly.

But you definitely shouldn’t be keeping your onions in the fridge – and not for the reason you might think.

USDA Foods say when an onion is chilled, the cold temperatures convert the starch to sugars, meaning onions become soft and soggy a lot faster than they otherwise would.

Oh, and that they make everything else taste/smell like nasty onions, and no one wants that.

Onions will actually stay good for up to 30 days if you store them the correct way – cool, dry, dark place. Eating Well says you should leave your onions in a bowl within the mesh they come in, or in a cool and dry spot such as a cupboard.

They’ll keep for a week at room temperature, but should ideally be kept at 7C, apparently, and shouldn’t be kept in a bag as they need air to breath.

Interestingly, stories about whether half cut onions attract bad bacteria in a fridge and lead to making people very ill haven’t been proved or confirmed by a reliable source – so whether you believe them, eat them or cook with them, we’ll leave that decision with you.

From Cosmo UK

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