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I have mentioned in previous reviews that my husband likes to grow much of our own veg in our small garden. It is around this time of year and into the start of the Autumn that we really feel the benefits when he harvests his veg. One of the many useful things that he grows are onions, which last us a good few months. However onions, like all vegetable will go off if not used and not stored carefully.
Our nearest Lakeland store is over an hour away, and we only frequent it when we are passing, however I love visiting it, and always find extremely useful items, as well as present ideas. Over a year ago we were passing and noticed these preserving bags created by Lakeland with the aim of keeping your vegetables fresher for longer, as well as another means of storage. Lakeland currently sells preserving bags for potatoes, mushrooms and onions, and all retail for £3.29 each, although when we purchased these bags, there was a 3 for 2 offer on them. Since my husband doesn't eat mushrooms, we were only interested in the potato and onion preserving bag, but picked up the third for free and gave it to another family we know who grow their own.
The picture at the top of the screen does not really show these bags as they are, and you would be better to go on to the Lakeland website to get a better idea of what these bags really look like. The onion preserving bag reminds me somewhat of a gym bag that you may have taken to school, since it is about the same size, and has a drawstring at the top, allowing you to hand the bag onto a peg, as well as keeping it closed. We keep out bags in our utility room, and hang them on pegs so that they are easy to get at, and leave us with more shelf space, which is always a good thing. To get the onions out however, the great thing is that you don't even need to lift the bag off the peg and open the drawstring, as there is a small zip at one of the sides of the bag, which allows you to both put onions in and take them out, without any hassle.
The reason these bags work is that firstly they are breathable, but even more importantly inside each bag there is a black liner which blocks out the light, and prevents sprouting and moulding.
We have been using these bags for over a year now, and I can honestly say, that I don't know what we did before them. I use them all year round, even when I am not using our own onions from the garden, I simply put the supermarket bought onions into this bag, and it keeps them fresh for anything up to 2 weeks and even beyond, although I don't usually let them get to this stage. The onions remain fresh and crunchy when cut, and there has never been any sign of them going off in these bags, unlike when I simply set them out on the shelf to keep until usage. I love the fact that these bags can be hung up and therefore provides storage that is out of the way and doesn't block valuable worktop space. They are easy to get out of the bag, with the little zip at the bottom, and are simply a great purchase at a very good price in my opinion for what they offer. Even if you don't grow your own vegetables these bags are simply great for preserving and storing your vegetables and keeping them as fresh as possible until you use them. A great product from Lakeland!