Savvy Cooking Tips and Tricks #1: How to Store Green Onions (Scallions) and Keep Them Fresh

How to Store Green Onions

Do you ever purchase green onions or scallions at the store and after tossing them in the fridge a few days, you go to use them and they’re a slimy, yucky, unusable mess?

Ugh, yeah, I used to as well, but once I started following this simple tip, I always have green onions ready to go!

How to Store Green Onions or Scallions and Keep Them Fresh:

What You Need:

  • A bunch of  green onions or scallions
  • Clean water
  • Small glass or bowl

The Process:

  1. Cut off any brown or yellow parts on the onions and remove any ties or bands
  2. Fill glass or bowl with water, just enough to cover the roots of the onions
  3. Put onions in the glass or bowl and set in a sunny window – I put them in the window over the sink for easy access, which is also less likely of a place my cats will try to eat them ;)
  4. Replace with fresh, clean water every couple days
  5. Cut off onion as needed, placing the rest back into the water


Even if your onions are already on the icky side, they may still be salvageable.  Cut onions close to the root, leaving only about 3/4 – 1 inch of the white part (including roots) left.  Place into a shallow bowl of water and place in a window.  Replace water every few days, making sure to keep the top part of the onion out of the water as they grow.


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  1. says

    This is so cool, I will have to do this. We have a lot of recipes that have green onions in them and its always been running to the store right before cooking. This will help save money on more then just the green onions.