Editor Carleen Madigan suggests storing onions and garlic in an appealing braid that little hands can help with.
|Photo by Mars Vilaubi|
Once your young homesteader has mastered the technique, he or she can easily learn to braid garlic and onions, too. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with simply trimming up dried stems and storing the garlic or onions in a mesh bag. But why not give kids a chance to help out while doing something they enjoy anyway?
The process for braiding onions and garlic is very similar to making a French braid. Your bulbs should be fully cured (i.e., the stems and foliage should be dry but still somewhat pliable) and cleaned of soil. If you’re braiding onions, start off with small bulbs, which will be easier to manage than large ones. If you’re working with garlic, make sure it’s a softneck variety; hardneck varieties are difficult to braid.
Photos by Mars Vilaubi