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People often email us asking for tips on the storage and handling of sweet onions. Sweet onions are unique in comparison to traditional storage onions because they have a much higher water content. As a result, you have to handle them more gently and with a bit more care.

Storage & Handling Tips for Dry Sweet Onions 

  • Always handle onions with care. Do not drop onions as this often causes bruising and internal decay.
  • Bagged or boxed onions should be stored at least one foot away from walls and other pallets to allow proper air movement.
  • Keep stacks of bags or boxes at five feet or less.
  • Store onions in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area.
  • Maintain storage temperature of 45-55°F.
  • Do not wrap onions in plastic or store in plastic bags. A lack of air circulation will reduce shelf life.
  • Onions should feel firm and dry, be free of gray or black mold, and should not have any visible sprouting. Some loose skins are normal.
  • Do not store onions with potatoes or other produce items that release moisture.
  • Onions will absorb odors produced by apples and pears.
  • Keep onions out of direct sunlight and other heat sources.
  • Cut onions will keep for several days if sealed in plastic bags or containers and refrigerated.
For a printable copy of these tips in PDF format click here: Storage and Handling Tips    
According to the National Onion Association, onions are a healthy addition to your daily diet. Among the many nutrients onions provide, they contain quercetin, a flavanoid (one category of antioxidant compounds). This particular antioxidant has been found to protect and regenerate vitamin E (a powerful antioxident). Studies are in progress to determine whether increased quercetin accumulated in the blood through consumption translates into significant antioxidant benefit. Reduce the risk of disease The consumption of onions may reduce your risk of certain diseases. Conditions such as gastric ulcers, osteoporosis, cataracts, cardiovascular disease as well as cancer of the breast and colon, ovaries, gastric, lung and bladder. Below is the nutritional information for raw onions courtesy of NutritionData.Self.Com. This website is an excellent resource for nutritional data on almost any food.


If you’ve ever wondered how to properly cut an onion then we’ve got you covered here. If you’ve found your way to our site, then it’s probably because you’re already a pretty regular user of onions so there’s no reason not to brush up on those onion slicing skills. It’s easy and is also one of the most common tasks you’ll encounter in cooking because, as you know, onions are a great way to add flavor without the fat to almost any dish. Grab your knife and let’s get started.

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Step One Cut off the top/stem of the onion. Peel off the outer layers of skin. Dispose of skin and trim root end if necessary. Make sure not to contaminate the cutting surface and cleanthe knife before proceeding.             Step Two To dice, cut the whole peeled onion in half, from root end to stem end.             Step Three Lay each half cut side down on cutting board. Make multiple, evenly spaced cuts from root end to stem end of onion, being careful not to cut through the root end. Adjust the space between each cut to obtain the desired dice size. Step Four Hold the onion together and make horizontal cuts parallel to the cutting surface.  Again, be sure to leave the root end intact. Step Five Make multiple cuts across the onion, adjusting the number of slices of desired dice size. Dispose of hard root end. Separate onion pieces. Add to recipe for layers of flavor. [hr toptext=”” size=”superTiny” custom_size=”” hide_mobile_hr=”true”]


For slices or wedges, cut whole peeled onion in half from stem end to root end.  Make evenly spaced cuts along the grain.

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Onion Rings

For onion rings, place a whle peeled onion on its side and slice crosswise every 1/4 to 1/2-inch.  Separate each slice into individual rings.  Save the centers to dice for use in other recipes.
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