How to Store Onions, Garlic, & Shallots

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I grow my own onions, garlic, and shallots and if I am honest, I throw away as much as 30% of them because they go off before I can eat them. One of the most useful things I learned for my preparedness plan was how to properly store onions, garlic, and even shallots!

These roots are the base of all cuisine around the world. You would be hard-pressed to find a culture that doesn’t use onions except for those who live so far north they don’t grow. 

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When you are talking to people who are striving towards self-reliance and independence you will find they grow lots of onions, garlic, and potatoes. Not so many people grow shallots though shallots are delicious. 

These roots desire a specific area for being stored long term. You need to first understand their biggest enemies, in terms of storage. 

The Two Enemies of Onion and Garlic Storage


The first enemy is sunlight. You need to block the sunlight from getting to your onions and garlic.

The big deal with sunlight is that you wind up sprouting these roots. Remember an onion is a root ball and it wants to grow. It’ll take anything you can give it to sprout.


The other enemy is mold.

The very breakdown of these vegetables is very possible. You will find that the drier you can store more prolonged your storage time will be.

They will start to rot if you are not careful. The best thing to do is just keep them in an area with no sunlight but plenty of airflows.

Storing your Homegrown Onions and Garlic

There are many ways to store these roots. You can use mesh bags and hang these roots in your root cellar or crawl space. It’s a great way to do it. 

Another great method is to use paper bags to store them. You can punch holes in those bags for airflow and you can store them in your pantry for a little while.

Just be careful of airflow in there. It only takes the moisture of one decaying onion to ruin a lot of them. 


This old school way of storing works with any onion and works perfectly for garlic, too. It won’t cost you much, won’t take up a lot of space and they can stay fresh for over 3 months.

This tip will save you a fortune if you buy onions or garlic in bulk from the store too.

Get the most out of these aromatic roots!

One of the most useful things I learned for my preparedness plan was how to properly store onions, garlic, and even shallots!

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