A: Walla Walla River Sweet Onions have a higher water and sugar content then other sweet onions. This makes them more susceptible to bruising and they need to be handled with care. The key to preserving these sweet onions is to keep them cool, dry and separated.
You might want to try some of these favorite methods of storage:
- Place Walla Walla River Sweet Onions in the legs of clean, sheer pantyhose. Tie a knot between each onion and cut above the knot when you want to use one. Hang in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area.
- Place Walla Walla River Sweet Onions in the refrigerator, wrapped separately in paper towels or newspaper. This method is expensive and takes up precious refrigerator space, but can preserve these sweet onions for a longer period of time.
- Place Walla Walla River Sweet Onions on elevated racks or screens, not touching and in a cool place.
- Walla Walla River Sweet Onions can be chopped and dried in the oven. Use the lowest setting and remove from the oven when thoroughly dry but not brown. Store at room temperatures in airtight containers.
- Walla Walla River Sweet Onions can also be frozen. Chop and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer. When frozen, remove and place in freezer containers or bags and seal. This method allows you to remove the amount you want when you want it.
NOTE: Freezing changes the onion's texture, so frozen onions should be used for cooking only. Whole frozen Walla Walla River Sweet Onions can be baked.
- If stored properly in a cool and well ventilated location, Walla Walla River Sweet Onions will stay fresh for 3-6 weeks or they can be frozen for use well into the year.