In every home and kitchen, there should never be a lack of certain foods that are basic to prepare our meals, and not only for our meals, but also for many other uses such as natural or home remedies. For this reason, the importance of keeping them in good condition for a longer time, we refer to garlic and onions, as the title indicates.

Among those are two great foods considered to be the most beneficial for our health, and they are onion and garlic. These two foods are essential and should never be missing from our pantry, and once we have them, we must keep them in good condition for as long as possible.

One of the ways that they are never missing, is always taking advantage of them when we have already used them, the way is always to leave a portion with the root part to be transplanted again and always having them growing in our own kitchen, as is the case of chives. Garlic is also easy to grow in our home to make it more accessible for our cooking and remedies.

But not only by growing them from our pots it is possible that we always have these two delicious and healthy foods, but also having the way to be able to preserve them for longer without rotting. The following is a very cheap and easy way to keep your garlic and onions fresh for months.

How to store onions, garlic and shallots to last more than three months

You need: onion, garlic, and shallots. Make sure they are firm and smudge-free. If you buy in bulk and find one that has rotten stains or a smooth texture, cut out the bad part and use it immediately or throw it away so it doesn’t contaminate the other pieces.

You will also need:

  • Brown paper bags
  • Drill
  • Marker
  • Clips


  1. Pierce the paper bag as pictured, approx. 1 “apart.
  2. Open the bag and add the onions, garlic, or shallots.
  3. Fill the bag halfway.
  4. Fold the bag 2-3 times.
  5. Mark on top with marker, use paperclip to hold fold in place.
  6. Store the filled bags in a cool, dark place so that air can circulate between the bags.

This perforated paper bag method should extend the life of onion, garlic, and shallots in most situations.

However, their specific life may vary depending on the temperature, humidity, and light conditions where the bags are stored.


  1. These foods will last longer in a dry, cool, and dark (but not cold) storage area.
  2. They can be successfully kept in a kitchen drawer for up to 3 months if you manage to get these temperature conditions.
  3. In a cool, dark basement this is a good option, if you happen to have one.
  4. Onions should not be stored for a long time in the refrigerator because the cold temperature will soften their texture; in addition, the onions will distribute their flavor in surrounding products.

No use plastic bags

Onions should never be stored in plastic bags as this can accelerate germination and spoilage due to lack of air circulation.

Potatoes and onions should not be stored together. They emit gases that accelerate the deterioration of the other.

Other ways to keep food

There is no exact science to garlic and onion storage, and the simpler the better. You can also reuse nylon nets where potatoes or onions are grouped to sell in bulk. Reuse them to put garlic and onions and hang them in a cool, dark place. You can also use your pantyhose for the same purpose. You can learn more about how to store onions and thus prevent them from rotting.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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