Due to blight, we had to lift all of our onions a tad earlier than usual, and so my tiny lean-to conservatory is now filled with onions on metal racks, splayed out like shiny seals washed up on a beach, basking in the sun.
I’m not entirely sure whether you’re supposed to turn them upside-down to dry them, I just did this with the yellow ones to save space, as there’s a good 2-3 inches of stem left on each one. I do know you need to allow air to circulate around them for proper drying, hence the plastic flower pots holding the racks of the ground (first thing that came to hand). I seem to do this differently every year, I hung a sort of net hammock in the allotment shed last year, but it was a nightmare trying to get to anything I needed. Once these are thoroughly dry, I’ll put them into net bags.
Once I’d stripped off the worst of the muddy outer layers, I could see some of the red ones were a bit damaged and needed using straight away. And so out comes the slow cooker for onion marmalade. I’ll post a recipe soon, but I’m sure there are plenty out there. Any involving red wine, dark sugar and balsamic vinegar are good to go with.