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08 Nov, 2011

The never-ending onion machine

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

Perpetual onions!

I use a lot of green onions (a.k.a. scallions) here at Casa Fishbowl. Green onions are milder than regular onions. I like to chop up the green part and use it as a flavourful garnish for soups, stews, Asian dishes and even meatloaf. I usually discard the whites, but I have used them to pep up stir fries and hamburgers.

So yes, there’s almost always a bunch of green onions in our veggie drawer. I pick up a bunch up every time I shop, which means that sometimes I buy too many because I forget I already have some. The sad result of this grocery-related amnesia means that innocent rapscallions are left to die a slow and soggy death in the fridge.

Let’s stop the senseless murder of fresh vegetables!

This is a very simple idea that I spotted on Pinterest the other day, and it really appeals to the frugal and foodie side of me: PERPETUAL ONIONS. It makes storing green onions a snap. Plus, it makes more green onions!

Just over a week ago the green onions in this photo were chopped down to centimetre or two above where the white part ends. I used the dark green parts in a recipe and put the rest (roots n’ all) into a glass of water, placed it on a sunny windowsill in my kitchen – and look – Pinterest didn’t lie! They grew!

I change the water every day and snip off what I need with kitchen scissors. Voila! No more soggy rapscallions in the veggie drawer. Pretty cool eh?


15 Responses to "The never-ending onion machine"

1 | binki

November 8th, 2011 at 11:05 am

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You’re a genius. This is why I peek inside the fishbowl.

2 | Wendy [mapsgirl]

November 8th, 2011 at 11:11 am

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I found this exact same thing on Pinterest and repinned it. It’s brilliant!!

3 | andrea

November 8th, 2011 at 11:16 am

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Thank you binki!
Wendy, it is brilliant, which is why I had to share!

4 | Giulia

November 8th, 2011 at 11:47 am

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Great idea – funny though, I usually use the white part and discard the green, so this would not work as well for me ;)

5 | Susan

November 8th, 2011 at 11:55 am

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Interesting. Will have to try that out tonight & put it next to my indoor parsley. :)

6 | Moneca Kaiser

November 8th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

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delightful post, funny and I learnt a new word rapscallions and also to grow them, Thanks Andrea!

7 | Mary @ Parenthood

November 9th, 2011 at 12:42 am

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How long can they go without snipping? (I’d like to try this but I can’t imagine using so many that I’d feel compelled to buy some every shopping trip!

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November 15th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

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[…] Those green onions – they are Best Supporting Actor. (They’re the ones I grew!) […]

9 | Katherine

November 19th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

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love this!!! thanks for posting!!!

10 | Annie @ PhD in Parenting

December 6th, 2011 at 9:14 am

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This is great! Except that I *love* the white parts, so it would be hard to part with them. I guess I could sacrifice once or twice to keep the onions coming.

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June 18th, 2012 at 7:46 am

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[…] one piece of green onion (it was going crazy on my windowsill) […]

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June 20th, 2013 at 9:03 am

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[…] is almost as exciting as my perpetual green onions! I love saving money in the kitchen, don’t […]

13 | Erin

June 21st, 2013 at 9:31 pm

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This is awesome. I am totally doing this. :)

14 | andrea tomkins

January 24th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

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They last ages this way. WEEKS!

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March 20th, 2020 at 7:00 pm

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[…] you cooking more from your panty? Seeing leftovers in a whole new light? Growing green onions on your window sill? I wonder how the coronavirus pandemic is going to change people’s kitchen skills and […]

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