Storing Potatoes and Onions
How to Store Onions & Potatoes without plastic
First, for long-lasting freshness and firmness, place your onions, potatoes and sweet potatoes into a DRY Swag and place in a dark and cool cupboard/pantry (NOT in the fridge or crisper). Our other top tips are;
- Inspect your potatoes and onions regularly and remove any spoiled or damaged ones to prevent the spread of rot.
- Avoid washing potatoes and onions before storage, as moisture can accelerate spoilage.
- Keep potatoes and onions away from strong-smelling foods, as they can absorb odours.
- Do not store potatoes and onions near appliances that generate heat, such as ovens or stoves.
- Once you've cut an onion or potato up, you can then put it into a dampened Swag and pop it in your fridge crisper. Some onion flavour may transfer to your other veggies, but they will last much longer this way. Alternatively, leave the cut onion out of The Swag, in its own separate Swag or wrap it up.
Now, for some wonderfully surprising health benefits of these gorgeous vegetables: In terms of the best Swags to use for storing potatoes and onions, most people tend to use the Small or Large Swag. I prefer to use the Organic Bread Swag with the nifty drawstring as it fits better in my pantry space.
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Onions are sulfur-rich vegetables that are categorised as bulb vegetables and are rich in more vitamins and minerals than you might believe. Did you know one onion gives you 13% of your daily value of Vitamin C!? They are also rich in Vitamin B-6 and Magnesium, which many Americans need a lot more of. So, what’s the big deal with sulfur? Well, sulfur plays a big role in detoxification and supports your body’s natural antioxidants. It protects you against too much UV light, X-Rays and radiation. All that power must be hiding in the onion’s many layers, right? Here's a great infographic from the Holistic Health Journal that demonstrates all these wonderful, onion-y benefits.
2. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are ‘sweet’ in a lot of ways! They are a great source of Vitamin C, Copper, Manganese, Fiber, Potassium, Phosphorous and Vitamins B1, B2 and B6. What does that mean for you? An extra helping of sweet potato wedges once a week can help you ward off the cold and flu, speed up your wound healing and help you cope with stress. It can also help your body fight off toxins that might be linked to cancer
3. White Potatoes
While sweet potatoes are a nutrition powerhouse, white potatoes are no slouch. As a no-fat food, they still provide nearly half your daily value of Vitamin C, have more Potassium than a banana and are a good source of Vitamin B6, Fiber, Magnesium and antioxidants.
As with anything, balance is key. But with The Swag in your pantry, you have the option to store your potatoes and onions for months well beyond their normal expiry date. This gives you the freedom to mix and match as you please.
Happy chopping and Happy Swagging!