How to store scallions (aka green onions) and tips for growing them at home

How to store scallions (aka green onions) and tips for growing them at home

Cheap and easy to find, green onions are high on the list of vegetables that are not used in production methods. Not only are their fresh, bright flavors well combined with many dishes, but scallions (also called green onions) can be grown at home. In fact, with the right method, it is possible to grow something that gives allium regularly, saving you money and food. Learn how to store scallions, whether or not you can freeze them, and how to grow scallions using basic supplies.
  How to buy green onions
When choosing a fresh green onion in the supermarket, focus on two parts of the green onion: the bulb and the center of the stem, where the bulb branches into the green. The bulb should be clean and white with the root system still attached. Not only will green onions without roots deteriorate quickly, but they also cannot be replanted. You also want to feel the bulb on the top of the root; it should be nice and firm.

 How to store green onions

1. Refrigerating
At home, green onions can be stored in the refrigerator or on the counter. 

Here's how to store green onions:

  •  Fill a heavy glass with enough water to cover the roots. It must be long enough to support stalks. place the scallions in the glass.

Store in the refrigerator or on the counter. If you are storing green onions in the refrigerator, cover them tightly with a bag and secure the bag in place with a rubber band.

  •  Change the water every two or three days.

Stored this way, scallions can last two or three weeks. 


2. Freezing

 While it is possible to freeze scallions, they will freeze and lose their integrity after thawing. With this in mind, frozen scallions are best used in soups and sauces, rather than in salads or as garnishes where crunchy texture and bright colors are desired.

 To freeze green onions, follow these steps:

  • Wash and dry the green onions with a paper towel or a cloth tea towel. Any remaining water will increase the soggyness after it melts, so be sure to wipe them off thoroughly. 
  • Cut the stalks into thirds, but do not cut the roots. This will help preserve its freshness.
  •  Place the cut green onions on a sheet pan in a single layer. Transfer to freezer. 
  • Once the scallions are frozen firm, transfer them to a freezer safe container. Remove all air, seal it tightly, and label and date the bag.

In the freezer, scallions will last about six months

How to regrow green onions

Regrowing green onions is a great way to save money and get the most out of your produce. The process is also very simple, which means that you don't need to have a green finger to grow green onions in your kitchen. When cutting the first scallions for a recipe, keep at least an inch of white ends and root hairs still attached.

Technique for regrowing scallions with their root ends in water:
  •  Place the scallion roots in a pot or a narrow glass and add water, leaving the cut tops exposed.
  •   Place the pot in a sunny spot, like your counter. After a few days, new green shoots should start growing back.
  • Change the water weekly as the greens continue to grow.
  • Once the greens have grown a few inches, you can remove the scallions from the pot and cook them as usual.
  • If you want to start green onions a second time, use kitchen scissors to cut off the top and leave the white ends. Continue to replace the water for a few days.

t's best to soak scallions in water only once or twice. Because water does not feed scallions, the new growth loses its flavor and vigor during the third growth period. Additionally, restocked green onions are not as tender and flavorful as those purchased fresh. Scallions that grow frequently can also create a viscous liquid in the soil; This is normal, but it could be a sign that it's time to plant new scrab bulb. 


In soil
To grow your scallions further, try planting them in the ground, as they will grow back many times. This can be done in a pot (on a sunny window or outside) or on a bed. As they continue to grow, you can cut the top more often whenever you need green onions.

 If you are a gardener, allow the scallions to flower and go to seed, allowing you to grow new onions in the future. To do this, let the flowers grow on the plant, cut them, [remove] the black seeds and store them in a paper envelope.
Note: Scallions can take several months to flower, so patience is key. The flavor of scallions also changes as they flower, so if you don't want or need seeds, avoid letting them reach this stage and continue to cut scallions at or near the base

 How to use green onion
Whether purchased at the store, at the farmer's market, or rotating in your kitchen, scallions are a versatile ingredient that can be used in many recipes. They have a milder flavor than onions (yellow, white and red varieties) and can be used raw or cooked.

When left alone, scallions have a flavorful, sweet spice that works well as a topping for dips, soups, stews, pasta salads, mashed potatoes and meat dishes.
Cooking reduces the flavor of peppers, like other types of onions. They can be added to fries, cooked in quick bread, or added to meat as part of a meal. You can also add bulbs to mirepoix (onions, celery, and carrots are often used in cooking) for soups and sauces.

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