Can you save half an onion?

Didn't need the whole thing, but not sure how save the remaining half. And if it can be saved, for how long?

  • Posted by: Diana B
  • February 22, 2014
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davidpdx
davidpdx February 22, 2014

Put it cut side down on a piece of plastic wrap. Fold wrap up over the sides and twist top to encapsulate the onion. Store in fridge. I have had them last for weeks.

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Chef's Hat
Chef's Hat February 22, 2014

Just as an addition to the tip of davidpx, leave the outer peels on. It helps against possible dehydration. And don't touch the moist part you cut off with your hands. Not of significant importance, but it will increase the life span even more, as it doesn't have any germs on.

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Uncle Jess
Uncle Jess February 22, 2014

When you are ready to use it, take a thin slice of exposed edges that look a little dried out, underneath it will probably be fine.

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Pegeen
Pegeen February 22, 2014

You could also grate it on a box grater and freeze it.

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petitbleu
petitbleu February 22, 2014

And if you forget about the half onion and it dries out or you just don't want to use it for cooking, I keep a "stock bag" in my freezer. It contains bones from meat and vegetable odds and ends. When I fill up the bag, I make stock.

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Diana B
Diana B February 23, 2014

Thank you all - what a great bunch of ideas!

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amysarah
amysarah February 23, 2014

I save partial onions all the time, simply wrapped well in plastic wrap in the fridge. As mentioned, if the outer cut edge gets dry, just trim it. Try to use it up within a few days so it has all its flavor - onion is so widely used in endless preparations, figuring out how is easy.

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karen06
karen06 February 24, 2014

I would just chop it or dice it and save it in an airtight container. I often do that on purpose over the weekend to use during the week. It is a great time saver and avoids oniony hands during the week.

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karen06
karen06 February 24, 2014

I mean store in the fridge.

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