How to Store Onions and Garlic

Onions and Garlic are pantry essentials, and nothing is worse than reaching into produce bowl to find they have passed their prime.

Avoid this meal ruining mishap with one simple trick: a brown paper lunch bag with hand-punched ventilation holes.

By reducing the storage temperature and restricting sunlight, your onions and garlic can last up to 3 months!

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How to Chop an Onion Without Crying

Why do we cry when we chop onions? Well, onions naturally produce a gas known as "Propanethiol S-oxide"—which triggers tears.

Here are our favorite tips to stop the crying:

  1. Freeze the onion prior to cutting
  2. Keep the sliced side facing the cutting board
  3. Keep a piece of bread in your mouth (we're not kidding)
  4. Use a super sharp knife
  5. Cut below the oven vent
  6. If all else fails...wear goggles!
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How to Store Tomatoes

To refrigerate or not to refrigerate, that is the question.

When storing tomatoes you must fight the urge to place them in the fridge right away. It is a common misunderstanding that tomatoes need to be refrigerated immediately. They are best kept at room temperature, which allows the fruit to fully ripen and the complexed sugars fully develop. When tomatoes are placed in the fridge it stops the ripening process and makes the tomato lose flavor.

However, if your tomatoes are fully ripe and getting on the soft side—and you’re not one to let food go to waste—placing them in the fridge will enable you to get a few more days of shelf life. It’s a balancing act!

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How to Store Basil

Basil is different from most herbs, it does not like cold temperatures or contact with moisture, both of which can cause the leaves to blacken. The ideal storage temperature is between 50—55°F so a cool room is preferable to your refrigerator. If your basil is bunched, try trimming the stems slightly and placing the "bouquet" in just enough water to submerge the ends, while keeping the leaves dry.

A plastic bag placed loosely over the top will further extend the life of your fresh basil. If your basil is in a container, remove it and either use the "bouquet" technique described or place it in a plastic bag leaving the top of the bag open enough to help prevent condensation from forming. If the room temperature is too warm, place the loosely closed bagged basil in the refrigerator.

Always wash basil with cold water just before use.

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