How to store potatoes and onions was something that eluded me for quite some time. You leave them out in cute decorative baskets, and the potatoes turn green and the onions start sprouting. You hide them in a cupboard, and then you forget to eat them. When I lived in Scotland, the land of potatoes, I kept them on my porch landing because it was dark and cool, but that was sort of strange. Please leave your shoes next to the potatoes.
If you do some research (I really do look stuff like this up while my husband watches football), you will see that the best place to store root vegetables and alliums (onions or garlic) would be in a root cellar. What a revelation. The problem is that root cellars are not too common in subdivisions these days. Someday, I would love to live in an old farmhouse with a real working root cellar full of barrels of homegrown vegetables, but until then, I had to find an alternative. These burlap bags have been just the ticket. They are lightweight, large enough to hold a lot of potatoes, as I often have both sweet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes in mine, and are easy to grab. They sit up on a pantry shelf nicely and look attractive too. I love that they are decorated like they legitimately just rolled out of a working farm. I have no idea if Happy Valley Farm is an actual place but if it is I would like to go there. Possible to live. I’m sure they have a root cellar. When we get home from grocery shopping, my kids actually fight over who gets to put the potatoes away because they love these bags so much. Honestly, I have kept onions, garlic, and potatoes for weeks in these bags without the slightest hint of sprouting or spoilage. Try them for yourself!
I bought my bags at Sur La Table, but you can also find them at Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon for a little cheaper. Is there anything you can’t find on Amazon anymore?
Quick tip: Did you know rubbing your fingers on the side of your stainless-steel sink or a large metal spoon will get rid of the onion or garlic smell from your hands? It really works!